Belgic Confession of Faith for Advent and Christmas

From the Belgic Confession on the Incarnation

Link – Article 18

Leader: Let us now proclaim our faith with the saints of the ages,

All: We profess that God fulfilled the promise 

  that he had made to the early fathers 

  by the mouth of his holy prophets 

  when he sent his only and eternal Son into the world 

  at the time set by him. 

The Son took the “form of a servant” 

  and was made in the “likeness of man,” 

  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 he not only assumed human nature 

  as far as the body is concerned 

  but also a real human soul, 

  in order that he might be a real human being. 

For since the soul had been lost as well as the body, 

  he had to assume them both to save them both together. 

In this way he is truly our Immanuel— 

  that is: “God with us.”

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