When we think of God, we often think of Him as a transcendent being, far above and beyond this world. This would be the case whether we were mystics, Deists, or philosophers. Or, we might think of Him as a being who dwells within us. Or as a being who is both transcendent and indwelling.
Certainly, Christianity teaches both the transcendence and the immanence of God. But this, while true, is not enough, and what Christianity teaches about God goes further: God is incarnate.
Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, God made tangible, God as a human being, God revealing Himself to us in the only way we can truly understand, God for us.
In one of his most striking passages, Luther warns about trying to contemplate God as an abstraction or in His glory apart from Christ. If we try to think of God apart from Christ, Luther writes, He will be “intolerable.” Rather, particularly when we think of our salvation, “We must look at no other God than this incarnate and human God.”
Read what Luther says about this after the jump. [Read more…]