by Stephen Whitney

Incarnation Of Christ
Stephen Whitney
I Timothy 3:16

Satan always tries to distort the truth of God so people will believe a lie instead of the truth which is what happened to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden as they doubted the Word of God.

The NT letters written by the apostle Paul confront false teaching which was being promoted just a few years after Christ went back to heaven. And as time went on false beliefs continued to abound as people came out of their pagan beliefs into the church.

One heresy was called Gnosticism which taught that the world is divided between two cosmic forces, good and evil and that the physical world is evil while the spiritual world is good. Therefore
they came up with different views about Jesus coming to earth.

One view was that Jesus could not have had a real physical body like you and I have because then he would have been contaminated with evil like you and I are, but that his body was really just a cleaver hallucination like a heavenly ghost.

A second view was that Jesus did have a physical body, but the spirit of Christ descended on him at his baptism and withdrew at his arrest so as God he did not suffer and die on the cross; it was only the man Jesus who died, but he did not rise from the dead.

To combat this heresy the church wrote what was called the Apostle's Creed which was first used as a baptismal confession.

I believe in God Almighty
and in Christ Jesus, his only Son, our Lord
who was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
who was crucified under Pontius Pilate and was buried
and the third day rose from the dead
who ascended into heaven and sits on the right hand of the Father whence he comes to judge the living and the dead
and in the Holy Ghost, the holy church, the remission of sins
the resurrection of the flesh and the life everlasting.
One of the early church fathers, who died in 200 AD was Ireneaus the bishop of Lyons, France. He wrote against the Gnostic heresy
and ...

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