Two Mysteries for the Price of One


By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:
He who was revealed in the flesh,
Was vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.

1Timothy 3:16



Here are two mysteries for the price of one — the plurality of persons within the unity of God, and the union of Godhead and manhood in the person of Jesus. . . .
Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as is this truth of the Incarnation.

~J. L. Packer from Knowing God

The Christ is not just a reflection of the Father God onto earth,
no mere shadow projected from God’s image in heaven.No, our Savior is real flesh and blood,
sinew and tissue,
neurons and synapses,
exactly as we are.
A fantastic truth and endless mystery to ponder:
Jesus as mortal flesh gifts Himself to us
so that we may know the Three in One;
the powers of hell vanish
as the shadows are cleared away.

3 thoughts on “Two Mysteries for the Price of One

  1. Thank you for this today, Emily. It is a perfect and a clear statement of the Blessed Trinity, the eternal Godhead that is the basis, the foundation, of our precious gift of Faith.

    Your thoughts here, as well as the readings, echo those that my mind and soul ‘discovered’ through the action of the Holy Spirit about 30 years ago. My love for God began with Jesus, His Incarnate Son, as friend, fellow traveler, protector and one who, in His humanity, His compassion and love, could understand my sinfulness and my brokenness. My love for Him led so naturally to the Father, and to the Holy Spirit.

    The extended concepts of the realities and the mystery of the Trinity, the Christ and ‘Cosmic Christ,’ came much later through prayer and seeking, and through the writings of Spirit-filled exegetes and Mystics — those from our Christian and Eastern faith traditions. No humans with our limited finite minds are able to fully ‘understand’ the concept of a three-in-one (Trinitarian) God. That understanding, that reality, will come when we end our earthly journey and reach our final destination in eternity.


  2. Hello Emily,

    Another inspiring post! Thank you for sharing great words and your insights with us!

    I have a quick question: what type of lens do you use for your close-up photos?

    Lynn Kim



  3. Hi Lynn, thank you for such kind words! I don’t have a special macro lens for my Canon Rebel — I just crop and enlarge and hope I held still well enough to have a crisp photo!

    blessings, Emily


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