The Difference Between the Incarnation and Reincarnation

Episode 605 Show Notes 

From the Show

The incarnation was a unique event. It was the incarnation of the second person of the Holy Trinity, the eternal Son of God; he assumed humanity, he took on flesh, so that he might be our perfect representative, and then he died once and was risen for our justification. He did not die and then become reincarnated again, it was a one time thing, it is not repeated.

——Adriel Sanchez

Questions in this Episode

  1. 1. Who were the Three Magi or Wisemen that came to see Jesus when he was born? They don’t seem to be referenced again in scripture. Is their involvement in the story important or is it random?

2.  Can you explain what Matthew 11:11-15 means?

3. When it comes to salvation, do we respond to God or does God respond to us when we choose him?

4. A family member who is not a Christian asked me what Christians have against reincarnation since we believe that God was incarnate as Jesus. I couldn’t really answer him. Does the incarnation mean that reincarnation is a possibility for humans?

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Child in a Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson

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Adriel Sanchez

Adriel Sanchez is pastor of North Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as a host on the Core Christianity radio program, a live, daily call-in talk show where he answers listeners' questions about the Bible and the Christian faith. He and his wife Ysabel live in San Diego with their four children.

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