#98 Word of encouragement: One flesh
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Hi beloved FC,
This is a follow-up to a point made in the recent sex seminar. The point was that the Bible’s idea of “one flesh” communicates an unbreakable relationship, like, for example, when I say that my children are “my own flesh and blood.” This same idea of an unbreakable relationship is expressed when married couples are said to become one flesh (Gen 2:24), and amazingly, when Christ is said to become one flesh with us. The Incarnation radiates the glory of us having the same permanent relationship with God that the only Son has with the Father. So the follow-up: why did God become one flesh with people who He knew would not be committed to Him? The answer is full of grace and truth. It’s because God knew that they would not be committed to Him. That’s why God took on their flesh — to make unbreakable what they would try to break: “If we are faithless, he remains faithful — for he cannot deny himself” (2 Tim 2:13). We can no more deny the reality of God’s relationship with us than He can deny the reality of His own nail-pierced flesh. And the good news is that there’s nothing we can do to change that.