Blueprint Truth #2
GOD SENT HIS SON IN THE FLESH, FOR A PURPOSE
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
- John 1:14
All mankind is flesh, referring to the physical matter as well as our body and our humanity. Old Testament anthropological thought holds that a human being is a body, rather than just having a body. The Bible does not teach that the body is evil, but because of sin, the flesh (the body, mind, will and emotions) is easily tempted to engage in evil behavior. All mankind is born with a sin nature, inherited from the father and mother of the human race (Adam and Eve). Therefore, we needed a remedy that only God could provide so that our relationship with Him can be restored. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” Adam and Eve sinned with their bodies, so the Savior, Jesus Christ needed to come in the form of man, with a body. Philippians 2:8 says, “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” I Cor. 15:21-22 says, “For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.” Our bodies are an important part of our humanity and when Christ returns He will actually provide us with glorified bodies! I’m excited about that!
One important task for you as a parent is to teach your kids that they are a whole person - including their body. Often in the church we treat the body as a house to the “real” us. We don’t have a body, we are a body, soul and spirit. Theology and science compel us to live completely integrated in all parts of our being and this integrated or wholeness is an idea you will continue to expand as your kids get older and learn about sexual integrity (living in agreement with your male or female design in all five aspects of your being). When your children begin to get “body curious”, remind them that their whole body is good, and each part has a purpose. You do not have to go in to any great detail but highlighting interesting facts about different parts, such as the eyes actually having cells that are motion detectors makes the body story more powerful! To answer the #1 question about body part names, yes, you should tell them the specific and accurate names of all their body parts, rather than nick names. One caution, I have seen proud parents allow little Johnny free reign of the airwaves at a dinner party only to surprise people with his “knowledge.” Teach your child that all parts of our bodies have power, purpose and proper names. You will want to get a book that shows the entire body including the inside body parts as well such as the organs, bones etc. so they begin to see the wonder of the whole human body that God created. You should also teach them that some conversations about body parts are not for every setting. The parts of us that are private, or covered are also the same parts we only mention in private to our parents or loved ones. All “special” information about us is reserved for those who know us best. In this way, you are already teaching modesty.