Incarnation and Union
I always find it exciting to discover how different Christian doctrines connect up. Kicking-off Advent yesterday morning from 1 John 1:1-4, I was struck afresh how the incarnation of Christ is inextricably linked to our union with Christ. We can listen to the sermon here. And you can listen to the evening sermon on John 1:1-5 here
What I think John is showing us here is that Jesus became one with us so that we can become one with him. Jesus became one with us – that’s the incarnation of Christ. As the eternal Son of God he was incarnate (literally “enfleshed” – think carnivore). As the pre-existent word of life he joined himself to ourself by being born as a baby in Bethlehem.
Why did he do that? Well the Bible gives us lots of reasons. The reason John gives us here is so that we can have fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. In other words so that we can become one with him – that’s union with Christ. Having been joined to us, we, through faith and the Holy Spirit, can be joined to him.
To feel deeply we need to think deeply. I’m praying that as we grasp more deeply that connection between the incarnation of Christ and our union with Christ, our souls will delight in what a joyful thing it is to be in fellowship with God. Or as John Owen put it much better 400 years ago: “What am I the better if I can dispute that Christ is God, but have no sense or sweetness in my heart from hence that he is a God in covenant with my soul?”