Belgic Confession, Article 18: The Incarnation

Article 18: The Incarnation

So then we confess
that God fulfilled the promise
made to the early fathers and mothers
by the mouth of the holy prophets
when he sent the only and eternal Son of God
into the world
at the time appointed.

The Son took the "form of a slave"
and was made in "human form,"34
truly assuming a real human nature,
with all its weaknesses,
except for sin;
being conceived in the womb of the blessed virgin Mary
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
without male participation.

And Christ not only assumed human nature
as far as the body is concerned
but also a real human soul,
in order to be a real human being.
For since the soul had been lost as well as the body
Christ had to assume them both
to save them both together.

Therefore we confess,
(against the heresy of the Anabaptists
who deny that Christ assumed
human flesh from his mother)
that Christ "shared the very flesh and blood of children";35
being the "fruit of the loins" of David "according to the flesh,"36
"descended from David" according to the flesh;37
the "fruit of the womb" of the virgin Mary;38
born of a woman;39
the seed of David;40
the "root of Jesse";41
descended from Judah,42
having descended from the Jews according to the flesh;
descended from Abraham—
having assumed descent from Abraham and Sarah,
and was "made like his brothers and sisters,"
yet without sin.43

In this way Christ is truly our Immanuel—
that is: "God with us."44

34 Phil. 2:7
35 Heb. 2:14
36 Acts 2:30
37 Rom. 1:3
38 Luke 1:42
39 Gal. 4:4
40 2 Tim. 2:8
41 Rom. 15:12
42 Heb. 7:14
43 Heb. 2:17; 4:15
44 Matt. 1:23