What Change Did the Logos Undergo to Provide Man’s Salvation?

Answer: To become a ransom for Adam, Jesus had to leave the spiritual realm and be made flesh. Paul writes, “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” (Heb. 2:9 NASB)  

It took great humility for our Lord to give up his pre-human position as the Logos first to be made flesh and then, to humble himself to the death of the cross. “But emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. (8) Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:7,8 NASB)

The apostle John confirms this change in nature for our Lord, from spiritual to earthly, in John 1:14 (NASB): “And the Word [Greek: Logos, our Lord in his pre-human existence] became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John confirms that only by God’s Holy Spirit can we recognize that Jesus was actually made flesh. “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; (3) and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.” (1 John 4:2,3 NASB)

Jesus confirmed this change of nature through Paul’s words in Heb. 10:5 (NASB): “Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, “SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME.”

In Galatians 4:5,6 (NASB) Paul adds that it was vital that Jesus was born under the Law to redeem the Jewish people from their sins against the Law. “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, (5) so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

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