The Incarnation -- By: Mileham L. O’harra

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 072:287 (Jul 1915)
Article: The Incarnation
Author: Mileham L. O’harra

The Incarnation

Mileham L. O’harra

The incarnation of God in Christ Jesus is the most stupendous declaration of the Bible. God, a spirit that inhabiteth eternity, whom the heavens cannot contain, whose divine presence is in the flaming glory of the rosebush, and the majesty of whose splendor is among the stars, the Almighty, Eternal, Invisible God, opens the doorway of his kingdom, steps out from his eternity, lays aside his garments of light, clothes himself in human flesh, and walks among men like unto one of us. This is the monumental miracle of the ages. Over it a war of centuries has been waged. To the Jews it has ever been a stumbling-block, and to the Gentiles foolishness; but to them that believe, it is the power of God and the wisdom of God. And why should this be counted a thing incredible? Is there anything too hard for the Lord? If God wishes to thus manifest himself, is there any man who will say he cannot and he shall not? If God sees that men need just such a revelation of himself, does that not constitute positive proof that he will give it?

It is my purpose here to present some arguments for the incarnation of our Lord, drawn from a source which has always been conceded to have great weight as evidence for spiritual truth. I refer to the realm of nature and to the various departments of our ordinary life. It has long ago been brought to our attention that when we find a principle

or law running throughout nature and in all departments of our earth-life, that that same principle or law obtains in the spiritual realm. Every natural law is an avenue that leads us on through nature, through life, through the spirit realm, to the very throne of God. As John Stuart Mill has said, “When the analogy can be proved, the argument founded upon it cannot be resisted.” This is almost intuitively accepted by men as a true statement of fact. When, for example, we discover in the natural world that every seed brings forth its own kind, and only its own kind, we assume at once that in the spiritual realm, also, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Upon this idea Butler based his “Analogy,” and Drummond his “Natural Law.” Each of these constitute unanswerable arguments for the principles they enunciate.

With these things in mind, therefore, we submit the following proposition; namely, the analogies of an incarnation are found in all nature and in every department of life, and therefore are to be expected in the spiritual revelation of God. Let us have a clear understanding of the term “incarnation.” God is a spirit. Jesus Christ was that spirit materialized, clothed in human flesh, taking human form. We do not. of course, presume to think of nature as...

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