Kevin DeYoung|10:49 am CT

We Won’t Be Fully Incarnational

Eckhard Schnabel:

Some interpret Paul’s principle of “identification” as indicative of “incarnational mission.” The description of missionary identification with the term incarnation is not helpful–not because it might detract from Jesus’ “becoming flesh” (Lat. incarnatio) when he, the messianic Son of Man and Son of God, become a human being, but because despite all efforts of identification, an American missionary will rarely learn to speak Japanese without an accent, a black Nigerian missionary will never look like a Chinese, an English missionary from a privileged background will probably never fully understand the angst of an Argentinean campesino. (Paul the Missionary, 336)

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