A Letter To Thomas Godwin – February 7th, 1851
My dear Friend, Thomas Godwin
Before the February number of The Gospel Standard came out, I saw that I had laid myself open to attack upon the point which you so kindly and faithfully name, and sent a partial correction to the office; but the letter being delayed to the morning mail, the Standard was already on the printing machine.
My meaning was, that the body of Christ was not natural in the sense of deriving any taint of corruption through natural generation. I did mean that it was not animal, nor strictly identical with ours; but that it was sanctified in the very moment of conception, and was therefore intrinsically holy. I have thought that the supernatural generation of the dear Redeemer’s human nature is too much overlooked. My mind was drawn to it many years ago, chiefly through Irving’s heresy about Christ’s “sinful flesh”. And what I wished to convey was, that the human nature of Jesus was and is “holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners”. And this because begotten in a spiritual, supernatural way. Indeed, what but a holy nature could be taken into union with the Son of God?
When upon my bed I had, as I hope, a revelation of Jesus. I saw by the eye of faith, most distinctly, His two natures, in a way that I cannot describe, which has always made me so firm a contender for them.
I shall hope (D.V.) to explain my meaning more fully in the next number. I was wrong in using the words natural and spiritual. Meanwhile I thank you for your kind and faithful letter, and will (D.V.) look into the subject more closely.
J. C. P.
J. C. P.