The Incarnation of Christ A Radio Broadcast by Lewis Sperry Chafer -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 094:373 (Jan 1937)
Article: The Incarnation of Christ A Radio Broadcast by Lewis Sperry Chafer
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer


The Incarnation of Christ
A Radio Broadcast by Lewis Sperry Chafer

Lewis Sperry Chafer

Conducted by Erling C. Olsen over Station WMCA, New York City, December 27, 1936.

Mr. Olsen: As we are still in the midst of the Christmas season, I should like to ask some questions regarding the birth of Christ. We all appreciate the student of the Scriptures that you are, so that I am quite interested as to what your reply would be to certain questions that have arisen in my mind. May I first ask regarding this subject, Dr. Chafer, from the Biblical viewpoint, how important is the birth of Christ?

Dr. Chafer: The birth of Christ, Mr. Olsen, is one of the seven major events in the history of the universe; including things future as well as things past. These events are: (1) The creation of the angels; (2) The creation of all material things, including life and man upon the earth; (3) The incarnation or birth of Christ; (4) The death of Christ; (5) The resurrection of Christ; (6) The second advent of Christ, when He comes again to take up His everlasting reign on the earth, and (7) The creation of a new heaven and a new earth.

Mr. Olsen: Since the word incarnation means that a person enters this human sphere who previously abode in some other sphere, Who is this Person Who became incarnate?

Dr. Chafer: This question is far-reaching, indeed. Four Books of the Bible begin by a reference to

the dateless past. Genesis speaks of that more recent beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, but John’s Gospel, in its first verse, takes us farther back into the dateless past than any other portion of the Scriptures. There we are told of a beginning when only the three Persons of the adorable Trinity were in existence; that is, it refers to a time or condition which preceded God’s creative acts. The three Persons were equal in every respect; but the Second Person, whom John calls the Logos, was, as that title implies, the eternal manifestation of God. He it was Who, before His incarnation, manifested God, when He appeared as the Angel of Jehovah, and it was to be expected that when the final manifestation of God would be made it would be this same Logos or Second Person Who would do this thing. We read in John 1:14 that the Logos “was made flesh, and dwelt among us...” And, again, in John 1:18: “No man hath [fully] seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” It was, therefore, none other than the Second Person of the Godhead Who came into this human form.

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