God’s incarnation shall embody
God’s substance and expression.
And when He’s made flesh
He’ll bring forth the work He’s been given
to express what He is, bring truth to all men,
give them life and show them the way.
Any flesh that doesn’t embed His substance
surely is not God incarnate.
Confirm God’s flesh and the true way
by His disposition, words and works.
Focus on His substance
instead of His appearance.
It is ignorant and naive to focus
on God’s external appearance.
The outward doesn’t determine the inward,
and God’s work does not conform to man’s conceptions.
Didn’t Jesus’ appearance differ
from what the people expected?
Didn’t His image and dress disguise His identity?
Wasn’t that why the Pharisees opposed Him?
They focused on how He looked
and paid no attention to what He said.
God hopes the brothers and sisters
seeking His appearance won’t repeat history.
Don’t follow the Pharisees
and nail God to the cross once more.
So carefully consider
how you will welcome His return.
Have a clear idea of how you’ll submit to truth.
It’s the duty of everyone who’s waiting for Jesus’ return.
Adapted from Preface to The Word Appears in the Flesh