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Introduction

Why is it so significant for us that Jesus was “born of the seed of David?”

“Christ manifested in the flesh” is the doctrine about Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came down to earth and put on flesh and blood like us. He was tempted like us, but overcame all sin, by presenting Himself as a sacrifice to God in the power of the eternal Spirit. He was justified in His human spirit, and received up in glory. (Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Timothy 3:16)

Jesus let Himself be born into the world as a human being—the Man Christ Jesus. “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:17.

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5.

As Christians, we are called not only to receive the forgiveness of sins, but to overcome all sin, to follow Him who committed no sin. (1 Peter 2:20-24) Thus it is this very thing, Christ manifested in the flesh—the condition of the Son of Man, His temptations, difficulties, battles and victories— that is of such living interest and significance for us.

Read more in this section about why Jesus had to be manifested in the flesh, what He did in His days on earth as a man like us, and the enormous significance this has for His disciples – those who follow Him in death and in life.

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