Advent Reflection 11: God’s Self-Placement

‘He was man as we are. His condition was no different from ours. He took our flesh, the nature of man as he comes from the fall … His sinlessness was not therefore His condition. It was the act of His being in which He defeated temptation in His condition which is ours, in the flesh … He emptied Himself … placing Himself in the series of men who rebelled against God in their delusion … In so doing, in His own person, He reversed the fall in their place and for their sake’. – Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics IV/1 (Edinburgh: T&T Clark), 1956, 259.

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