This booklet gives the Scriptural delineation of the person of Christ, the Son of God. Jacomb was a Puritan and mighty in the Scriptures who leaves no stone unturned to provide a thorough and gracious explanation of every word of the text.
We are glad that the Trust is publishing extracts from the old godly writers. Beautifully produced, and well edited and set out by Timothy Abbott, God Manifest in the Flesh consists of extracts from Thomas Jacomb's large work on the first four verses of Romans chapter 8. Thomas Jacomb (1622-1687) was a London Puritan preacher who was among those ejected from the Church of England in 1662.
At first we wondered if the publication was necessary as Banner of Truth have published the complete work, but then we realised that this was as far back as 1996.
God Manifest in the Flesh is not easy reading - very deep and weighty - but in thorough Puritan style Jacomb ably deals with the vital truth concerning the Person of the Lord Jesus. His remarks are based on: "God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh."
The three points that are handled are:
1. That Christ was sent, and sent by God the Father.
2. That Christ, thus sent, was God's own Son.
3. That Christ, God's own Son, was sent in the likeness of sinful flesh.
Jacomb is extremely clear on the eternal Sonship of the Lord Jesus Christ in His divine Person. He is equally clear on His real, proper, sacred humanity, body and soul, united to His divine Person.
Jacomb does not hedge around any difficulties. For instance, he is very careful on the meaning of "the likeness of sinful flesh," why the expression was used, seeing that the Lord Jesus is "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, made higher than the heavens." The reason He gives is that the flesh He took was capable of suffering and dying. Again, he deals with the contention that if the Father sends the Son, then the Son must be inferior. (See page 323).
We recommend this book, which will need careful reading.
B A Ramsbottom