“God was manifest in the flesh.” In this Paul testifies not merely to our Lord’s birth, but to the whole of the divine manifestation in His life of two or three and thirty years. He was abundantly manifest among the multitudes, and before His disciples during the latter part of His life. He was God in miracles most plenteous, but He was man in sufferings most pitiable. He was the Son of the Highest, and nevertheless, “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He trod the billows of the obedient sea, and yet He owned not a foot of land in all Judea. He fed thousands by His power, and yet all faint and weary He sat upon a well, and cried, “Give Me to drink.” He cast out devils, but was Himself tempted of the devil. He healed all manner of diseases, and was Himself exceeding sorrowful even unto death. Winds and waves obeyed Him, every element acknowledged the august presence of deity, and yet He was tempted in all points like as we are. Our Lord’s manhood was no phantasm, no myth, no mere appearance in human shape: beyond all doubt “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” “Handle Me and see,” saith He; “a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see Me have.” “Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing.” Yet with equal certainty, God was manifest in Him. As the light streams through the lantern, so the glory of Godhead flamed through the flesh of Jesus, and those who were His nearest companions bear witness: “We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Charles Spurgeon preaching on I Timothy 3:16

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