Trinitarianism Part 5 -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 098:389 (Jan 1941)
Article: Trinitarianism Part 5
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer


Trinitarianism
Part 5

Lewis Sperry Chafer

[Author’s Note: This the fifth Article on Trinitarianism attempts a consideration of The Incarnation. This was preceded by a discussion of Christ’s Pre-existence, His Names, and His Deity; and will be followed by articles on His Humanity, the Kenosis, and the Hypostatic Union. There yet remains in this series, and to complete the Trinitarian thesis, a consideration of the Person of the Holy Spirit.]

VI: His Incarnation

Introduction.

The Incarnation is rightfully included as one of the seven major events in the history of the universe from its recorded beginning to its recorded ending. These events in their chronological order are: (1) the creation of the angelic hosts (Col 1:16); (2) the creation of material things, including man (Gen 1:1–31); (3) the incarnation (John 1:14); (4) the death of Christ (John 19:30); (5) the resurrection of Christ (Matt 28:5, 6); (6) the second advent of Christ (Rev 19:11–16); and (7) the creation of the new heavens and the new earth (Rev 21:1; Isa 65:17).

These stupendous events are not only the greatest divine undertakings, each and every one, but they, in turn, indicate the beginnings of a new and measureless advancement in the mighty program of divine achievement. The Incarnation is by no means least in this series, it being no less a far-reaching event than that the Second Person of the eternal Godhead entered into the human sphere, partaking of the human elements-body, soul, and spirit-with the distinct purpose of remaining a partaker of all that is human for all eternity to come. True, that in Him which was mortal

has put on immortality (1 Tim 6:16), and He has been, and is now, glorified with the highest glory known to infinity (Eph 1:20, 21; Phil 2:9–11; Heb 1:3).

Certainly, from the divine viewpoint, such a descent from the ineffable heights of heaven in which the Second Person dwelt in the eternity past, to the sphere inhabited by the mere creatures of His hand, in order that He migh...

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