429 Is God’s Incarnation a Simple Thing?
1 Among humans, God was the Spirit that they could not see; the Spirit that they could never engage with. Because of God’s three stages of work on earth, that is, creation of the world, redemption, and destruction, He appears in their midst at different times to do His work amongst them. The first time God came among humans was during the Age of Redemption. Of course, He came into a Jewish family. The reason God did this work in person was that He wanted to use His incarnate flesh as a sin offering in His work of redemption. Thus, the first to see God were the Jews in the Age of Grace. That was the first time God worked in the flesh.
2 In the Age of Kingdom, God’s work is to conquer and perfect, so He again does His shepherding work in the flesh. This is God’s second time working in the flesh. In the final two stages of work, what people engage with is no longer the invisible, intangible Spirit, but a person who is the Spirit realized as flesh. Thus, in the eyes of man, God again becomes a human, with none of the look and feel of God. Moreover, the God that people see is not only male, but also female, which is most astounding and puzzling to them. Time and time again, God’s extraordinary work has shattered old beliefs held for many, many years. People are stunned!
3 God is not merely the Holy Spirit, the Spirit, the sevenfold intensified Spirit, or the all-encompassing Spirit, but is also a human—an ordinary human, an exceptionally common human. He is not only male, but also female. They are similar in that They are both born to humans, and dissimilar in that one was conceived by the Holy Spirit and the other was born to a human, though derived directly from the Spirit. They are similar in that both incarnate fleshes of God carry out the work of God the Father, and dissimilar in that one performed the work of redemption while the other does the work of conquest. Both represent God the Father, but one is the Redeemer, filled with lovingkindness and mercy, and the other is the God of righteousness, filled with wrath and judgment. One is the Supreme Commander who launched the work of redemption, while the other is the righteous God who accomplishes the work of conquest.
Adapted from “What Is Your Understanding of God?”
in The Word Appears in the Flesh