Unpacking the Incarnation with J.I. Packer

Advent is a wonderful season that allows us to stop and contemplate the incarnation–God become man. One of my personal traditions is to reread J.I. Packer’s chapter ‘God Incarnate’ from his book ‘Knowing God.’ I wrote up an article about it for The Gospel Coalition.

Here’s an excerpt:

Bound up in the Christmas message of the incarnation is the Easter message of the atonement. For if Jesus was not God made man, then we remain in our sins. But the reality of the first Advent is that God, in all of his riches, became poor so that we might become rich in Christ (2 Cor. 8:9). For Jesus, the nativity was a riches-to-rags story, but for us it marks the opening scene of history’s greatest rags-to-riches story—the dawning of light and hope of life for those dead in sin (Eph. 2:1).

Read the whole Gospel Coalition article here: Unpacking the Incarnation with J.I. Packer

Soli Deo Gloria