Christ’s Persona before Incarnation (Series 3)
By Eusebio Tanicala, Ph.D.
Some think that God cannot take on a physical form. They could not think of God appearing in a material form. We read of spirit beings taking physical form or appearing in material form. This lesson discusses the idea of pure spirit beings taking material form.
After This lesson, the reader should be able to reason out that spirit beings are allowed to take the appearance of physical or material forms.
The Bible records many instances where spirit personae are said to have entered/possessed the faculties of humans. Passages like 1 Samuel 16:14-23; Matt. 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Mark 7:25; Mark 9:17-26; Luke 4:33; 8:26-39; 8:55; Acts 16:16-18; Acts 19:15-16 are some of these instances which are recorded in the Bible.
When a spirit persona strongly clings to and possesses the faculty of a human being just like the story in Mark 5:1-20, we find that the identity of the human host and the possessing evil spirit converge and come into congruence so much so that the two act in unity or become as one personality. In Mark 5, the evil spirit dominates the host human being that the spirit persona and the human persona become as one. The 4,000 spirits even act as one.
Good angels can become fire (Psalm 104:4; Heb. 1:7) but their essence is not fire. Angels can appear as human beings or male (lalaki) but they are not human in essence. See Luke 24:4.
In Psalm 40:6-8 we feel that a person is talking, King David as the type and Christ as the anti type person. In
Hebrew 10:5 we read that the person that talks in Psalm 40 tells of a physical body having been prepared for that spirit persona to enter into. The Holy Spirit thro the Virgin Mary prepared that body into which the spirit persona Christ entered. The spirit persona of Christ completely fused into a complete congruence with the prepared human body that the Bible speaks of one persona, a hypostatic union of two natures. This phenomenon is new and unique in history. For 33 years deity and humanity mysteriously fused together in ways we could not fathom.
The material human body of Jesus was transformed into an immaterial heavenly body after Jesus’ resurrection that is recorded in the Gospels. So the Apostle Paul declares this idea in 2 Cor. 5:16, “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.” Apostle Paul refers to the Christ after resurrection.
To the Hebrews, God’s most sacred name which was revealed to the prophets was Yahweh (YHWH). This name may convey various shades of inter-related meanings like the following:
(a) Self existing one; (b) To be; (c) I am; (d) I am what I am; (e) I become what I want to become. So we should not limit Yahweh God in what He wants to be and how He wants to communicate Himself to humanity.
In different ages and to different people Yahweh God communicated/impressed Himself upon humanity in various forms or impressions: (a) Yahweh God talked with Adam and Eve – Gen. 1:28-30; 216-17; visited Adam and Eve in the Garden – Gen. 3:8-19; (b) Yahweh God walked with Enoch – Gen. 5:23; (c) Noah found grace in the eyes of Yahweh God and God walked and talked with Noah – Gen. 6:8, 9, 13-22. (d) Yahweh God talked to Abram – Gen. 12ff; 15ff calling Abram out of Ur, into and out of Haran into Canaan; (e) Yahweh God appeared and talk to and ate with Abram as a human being (male) – Gen. 18-19 (f) Yahweh God n the form of a material human being wrestled with Jacob – Gen 32:22-32; (g) Yahweh God also called Angel of Yahweh appeared to and conversed with Moses in the form of flame of fire in a burning bush – Exodus 3:1-22; (h) Yahweh God impressed Himself upon Israel on Mt. Sinai in thundering, lightning, thick cloud, fire and smoke – Exodus 19; Heb. 12 25-29; (i) Yahweh God appeared to, talked with Moses face to face, in a very intimate way, but God did not appear in the fully glory and majesty of deity – Exodus 33:12-23; Num. 12:8; Deut. 5:4; Deut. 34:10; (j) The Angel of Yahweh, who is Yahweh Himself appeared and talked with Gideon – Judges 11-27; (k) Christ became a material rock in the wilderness and He followed Israel throughout the 40 years of wandering – 1 Cor. 10:4; Exodus 17:1-7; Num. 20:1-13.
If Yahweh God appeared or manifested Himself in various material forms in the OT, it should not be unthinkable nor impossible for Him to become flesh in the being of our Lord Jesus Christ to accomplish the salvation of human kind which is the most interesting story ever told.