We continue with our comparisons of the Seventh Day Adventist beliefs and the Bible Students.
Seventh Day Adventist say: The church derives its authority from Christ, who is the incarnate Word revealed in the Scriptures.
According to the orthodoxy:
“The incarnation of Christ is a central Christian doctrine that God became flesh, assumed a human nature, and became a man in the form of Jesus, the Son of God and the second person of the Trinity. This foundational Christian position holds that the divine nature of the Son of God was perfectly united with human nature in one divine Person, Jesus, making him both truly God and truly human.”
Incarnation means “to be put into the flesh”.
Adjective: embodied in flesh; given a bodily, especially a human, form:
Verb: to embody in flesh; invest with a bodily, especially a human, form:
Incarnation is the union of divinity and humanity in the person of Jesus. Incarnation is a divine being wrapped around with a cloak of flesh.
“The incarnation of God in the person of Christ is a MYSTERY, which lies at the heart of all Catholic belief and the majority of Protestant groups. The concept of incarnation when the Word became flesh has become an ordinance of Orthodoxy. It was a special sanction of Mary that Jesus Christ was conceived. This was the moment of incarnation. The eternal Son of God, second person of the Trinity, assumed the flesh of a human nature uniting it in his person with the divine nature. Christ is, in every sense, God. He is also in every sense, man. This is the MYSTERY of incarnation. As the Trinity is the MYSTERY of the unity in three persons, the incarnation of Christ is a MYSTERY of one person in a dual nature. In this incarnation view, it should be emphasized that it is God who takes on the cloak of flesh. The trinity concept insists that Jesus had to be a God-man to be the Savior. If he were mere man, how could he take upon himself the sins of the whole world? Orthodoxy claims that Jesus must be a god-man in order to erase the sins of the world.”
Of course, we know just how our Lord as an actual man could take upon himself the sins of the whole world, it’s called the ransom. For just how this is accomplished please see our blog posts entitled, “The Divine Economy in the Ransom” A failure to rightfully comprehend the Ransom and what it truly implies has led to this erroneous teaching.
If the trinity is supposed to be an un-explainable "MYSTERY," why do the apostles always talk about revealing mysteries to Christians?
"I would not have you ignorant of this mystery [about Jewish blindness] (Rom 11:25) the revelation of the mystery (Rom 16:25) the mystery hidden God hath revealed (1 Cor 2:7) Behold I show you a mystery (1 Cor 15:51) "having made known the mystery of his will" (Eph 1:9) "to make known the mystery of Christ" (Eph 6:19) "make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col 1:27),
So how did the Christian Church accept a mystery of a trinity?
THE DOCTRINE OF INCARNATION IS UN-SCRIPTURAL
There is nothing in the Bible on this subject, and there is no truth in this doctrine.
Nevertheless, in their attempt at finding support for this doctrine they site verses such as Col 2:9 viz.
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (NKJV) The true reading is: “Because in him dwells all the fullness of the deity in bodily form.”
The word here translated “Godhead” is theotes, Strong’s 2320: “deity” not “divinity”.
The Apostle here was not saying the fullness of the divinity dwells in him, but that the fullness of the deity in other words, Jesus is the full expression of all the Divine qualities, the express image (character-likeness) of the Father’s person, full of grace and truth.
We will continue with this in our next post.
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