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Wendelin's "Christian Theology": Doctrine of Christ's Conception and Birth Outline

Thesis I:  The exhibition of the mediator is defined.

Explanation:  1.  The Mediator appointed, promised, adumbrated, exhibited.  * 2.  It had to be the Son, rather than the Father or Holy Spirit.

Thesis II:  The parts of the exhibition.

Thesis III:  The Incarnation is defined.

Explanation:  * It is asked:  why the entire Most Holy Trinity was not incarnated, since the incarnation is shared work.

Thesis IV:  The parts of the Incarnation.

Thesis V:  The formation of the human nature perfected in three steps.

Explanation:  1.  It is proven, that Christ had to be conceived and born of a Virgin.  The Mother of Christ truly θεοτόκος/theotokos, the mother of God.  2.  Contrary arguments are resolved.  3.  It is proven that the mother of the Lord had to be from the family of King David and of the tribe of Judah.  4.  Christ was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.  5.  It is proven, that a true and perfect human nature was assumed by Christ.  6.  The contrary arguments of Heretics are resolved.

Thesis VI:  The thing consequent upon the formation, namely, His birth in the town of Beth-lehem.

Explanation:  1.  The prediction of the place.  2.  The circumstances of the time.


Westminster Shorter Catechism 22: How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?

Answer: Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body,1  and a reasonable soul,2 being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her,3 yet without sin.4 

1 Heb. 2:14,16; Heb. 10:5.

2 Matt. 26:38.

3 Luke 1:27,31,35,42; Gal. 4:4.

4 Heb. 4:15; Heb. 7:26.


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