God was Manifest in the Flesh

R. Gustason, 12 Nov 2011

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Theos- God, Deity, supreme divinity.  God here refers to the Supreme Divinity what Paul and other devout Jews would refer to as YHWH. Paul was not refering to anything other than the Supreme God of the Old Testament.  Not a person. Not a branch or emmination of God, but God fully and completely.
Phaneroo- To render apparent. To appear, render, manifest or declare. God is a Spirit declares John4:24.  Phaneroo means to make something visible to the senses that was previously hidden. So God was made visible.
Sarx- The body or the meat.  Sarx means the flesh as in the blood and tissues and opposes the idea of a person as in his spirit.  This verse is quite clear that God revealed Himself to mankind in bodily form.
Jesus Christ is the body of God.  Jesus' specific purpose was to redeem mankind from the sin that started in the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden.  God needed a perfect man without spot or blemish to offer as the blood sacrifice for the sin of a ll mankind.  God made that man by overshadowing Mary and birthing through the virgin Mary the man Jesus of Nazareth.

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