Why the Word Became Flesh: Appendix A, Table 1


By Daniel L. Sonnenberg

The table below (Appendix A, Table 1) accompanies the paper entitled “Why the Word Became Flesh: 7 Reasons the Incarnation Was Necessary to Fulfill God’s Plan of Redemption.”

Table 1 – Why the Word Became Flesh

Grudem WLC Ryrie Calvin Hodge Murray Athanasius
Representative obedience Obedience to the Law Obedient in our stead Fulfill al righteousness Obedience accomplished salvation Made us anew
Substitute sacrifice Suffer in our nature Sacrifice for sin Substitute sacrifice Suffer and die Banished death
Mediator Mediator/sympathize with our weakness
Rule over creation Rule over creation
Example for life Example for our lives
Pattern for our Redeemed Bodies Pattern for our redeemed Bodies Pattern for our redeemed bodies
Sympathize as High Priest Fellow-feeling of our infirmities Sympathize as High Priest Sympathize as High Priest
Advance our nature [help us] Source of Life
Make intercession in our nature Entered heaven in our flesh to open it to us
Fulfill Davidic covenant
Reveal God to us Revealed God
Destroy the works of the devil Destroy the works of the devil
To be a qualified judge

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