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I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope (Psalm 130:5)

Going through Advent this year I’m taking time to share some famous articulations from the Reformed Confessions on the wonder and mystery of the Incarnation. This week, the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647):

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Chapter VIII

Of Christ the Mediator

II. The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance, and equal with the Father, did, when the fullness of time was come, take upon him man’s nature, with all the essential properties and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin: being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary, of her substance. So that two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion. Which person is very God and very man, yet one Christ, the only mediator between God and man.

Or, to put it more lyrically:

“This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary.”

—William Dix

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