Scriptures teach us that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, using Yalad   to render the word begotten, meaning to bare, beget,  bring forth a child. Now how can that be? Apostle John said that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1: 14). This appearance of  a member of the God family in the earth through the womb is such a great mystery that  we continue to marvel about, like the  Apostle Paul:

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: GOD was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory (1 Tim 3: 16)

Phaneroō (G5319) is the Greek word for manifest.  It means that Jesus was  made manifest or visible. Although previously hidden or unknown, He was recognised and  thoroughly understood. This link will provide further edification:

http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G5319&t=KJV

I cannot fully explain this marvel, but will reference some truths:

  1. God became flesh and blood, just like us (Hebrews 2: 14)
  2. A human body was prepared for His spirit to dwell in (Hebrews 10: 5). Didn’t God prepare a body for Adam then put his spirit into it? What’s new? The difference is that this time, God was entering a body of flesh!
  3. He took on a human and not a spiritual body  (Hebrews 2: 16)  which can become invisible/appear in visions, change appearance, go through walls, appear and disappear, ascend and descend to heaven (Matthew 16: 12; Jn 20: 14-16; John 20: 19).  I spoke in the previous post about the God family appearing to Abraham in the form of men (Gen 18). Jesus also appeared in fire in human form (Daniel 3: 25).   Angels possess spiritual bodies with all of these characteristics.
  4. Apostle Paul wrote that although He was in the form of God, He took upon Him the form of a servant and became of no reputation.  He laid off  some of His  glory when He dwelt among us! (Phil 2: 6-8)
  5.  Since He put on a human and not  a spiritual body,  Jesus  experienced the hunger, fatigue, pains, sufferings and death that humans go through, becoming compassionate to us. This is why He is called the Great High Priest  (Heb 2: 17)
  6. Although He lived in a body of flesh, Jesus lived a sinless life and never sinned.  He was tempted, on many occasions  by the devil, but overcame by the Word (He is the Living Word) – Heb 2: 18. 
  7. It took the power of God to work this miracle, just as the conception of a human spirit in a body is a miracle.

Blessings and more to come next time!

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