|Publication Date: 17 Oct 2019|
|Page Count: 180|
|Author: Melvin Tinker|
Veiled in Flesh
Melvin Tinker introduces the doctrine of the incarnation of God the Son in Jesus Christ, in two parts.
Part One approaches the incarnation by way of an exposition of chapter 1 of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews. This grounds the doctrine in Scripture, working through some of the theological and pastoral implications.
Part Two goes deeper, drawing on systematic and historical theology (especially the creeds) to tease out what the doctrine means and why it is vital to the life and health of the church and Christian devotion. While the treatment is clearly theological (dealing with biblical truth), it is also doxological (leading to praise) and pastoral (practical in its outworking) The doctrine is set alongside and related to two other key Christian beliefs - the Trinity and the Atonement.
One of the most urgent needs of the church is the re-articulation of ancient and fundamental doctrines, in a style that is both accessible and winsome. That is what Melvin Tinker offers for the incarnation, borrowing the title from the Christmas carol with the lines, ‘Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; / Hail, th'incarnate Deity.’ Unpacking parts of Hebrews 1, and then reflecting on an array of topics tied to the incarnation, Tinker brings his readers along with easy prose, eager to show how this essential Christian truth works out in the lives of Christians. This book could be usefully read by folk who are not yet Christian believers but who would like to gain a better grasp of what Christians think, and by Christians who are still a little wobbly about the non-negotiable tenets of the faith.
In his latest, book Melvin Tinker takes pains not to compromise the great mystery of the incarnation, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. He writes insightfully, with new modes of expression and fresh insights, and dips into a great store of examples. He’s familiar with the great Christian minds who have stretched their thinking about the very apex of our faith. He follows them in ways that respect the ‘mystery of godliness’, and encourages the reader to think along with them. Doctrine may divide, but it’s certainly not dull, dry nor dead. Not, at least, while Melvin’s around.
There is no subject more important for Christians than the person and work of Jesus, and so there is no subject more profitable for us to explore. Melvin Tinker has given us a great starting point, combining biblical insight with theological reflection while always keeping practical application in view. Prepared to be stretched, but in this case being stretched will make your life deeper rather than thinner.