Incarnation: The mystery of true God and man in one person

From Thomas F. Torrance’s Incarnation:

The doctrine of Christ is the doctrine of the mystery of true divine nature and true human nature in one person. This is the very heart of the Christian faith. In Christ something has taken place which is so new that it is related to our ordinary knowledge only at its extreme edges; if it is to be apprehended by us it must be apprehended from outside the limits of our ordinary human experience and thought. It is a new and unique reality which has certainly invaded our human life but which we can know only by refusing to categorize it in the sphere of what we already know, and by seeking to know it only out of itself. Even then, we know it remains a mystery. That is, in the midst of its disclosure, it remains something ultimately inconceivable and miraculous that we can never master and dominate and so express exactly in our own thought and speech. We only can acknowledge it in wonder and thankfulness, in adoration and praise. That doxological[98] approach to the person of Christ is the first step in the doctrine of Christ. That is the Nicene[99] doctrine of Christ.

from Thomas F. Torrance, Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2008) 83. Emphasis and footnotes in the original.

[98] To do with “worship” and “praise,” from Greek, doxa, glory.

[99] The Council of Nicea, AD 325. See chapter 6 for more details.



About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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