Friday, December 13, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Tertullian

Thus the nature of the two substances displayed Him as man and God,  - in one respect born, in the other unborn; in one respect fleshly, in the other spiritual; in one sense weak, in the other exceeding strong; in one sense dying, in the other living.

Tertullian, On the Flesh of Christ, Chapter 5 (translated by Peter Holmes, The Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume III, Rev. Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson, T & T Clark and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishers, 1997, p. 525)

What are the implications of God becoming man? What does it mean to us today?


  1. The most important aspect of the Incarnation for me was that God was revealed for all time. As a result, we now have a benchmark to measure every other (ancient and contemporary) image of God by. When one paints a pejorative image of God we need only point to the life and ministry of Jesus.

    1. I agree. It is easy to misunderstand or distort things when thinking in the abstract. Jesus gives us the concrete picture of who God is.