In the first century â€“ many believed in the â€śgodsâ€ť â€“ whether we speak of Rome or of Greeceâ€¦ polytheism was everywhere. In Greek thinking â€“ the spiritual is good â€“ matter is evil. Therefore it seemed unthinkable in their minds, that God would become a man. A heretical group known as the Docetists denied the true humanity of Christâ€¦ not on biblical grounds, but based on the culture of Greek thinking. Jesus only appeared to be a flesh-and-blood man; his body was a phantasm. Paul dealt with this heresy constantly: Col 2.9 â€śIn Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead BODILY.â€ť The Apostle John also: "By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God" - 1 John 4:2. 2 John:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.
The mystery of the Gospel is that God indeed became a man in the Person of Jesus Christ - truly God; truly man.
What does this mean for us? The answer is mysterious, dazzling and amazing!
John Samson is the pastor-teacher of Kingâ€™s Church in Peoria, Arizona, as well as an author and conference speaker. He has a passion for the local Church and for the free offer of the gospel to be proclaimed far and wide.