What is the incarnation?

The term "incarnation" means "to become flesh."  The incarnation is that event where the second person of the Trinity, the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us.  John 1:1, "in the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the word was God."  John 1:14, "And the word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . "  When the Word became flesh, he dwelt in the womb of Mary and was born as Jesus.  Jesus is the incarnation of God.  He is God in flesh.  Col. 2:9 says, "for in him dwells all the fullness of deity in bodily form."  Another term for the incarnation of God in reference to Jesus is the hypostatic union.  The term "incarnation" does not appear in the New Testament, but the concept is definitely taught:  John 1:1, 14; Col. 2:9; Phil. 2:5-8; 1 Tim. 3:16; 1 John 4:2; John 20:28; Heb. 1:8.


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.