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The Incarnation in the Gospels (Doriani, Ryken, & Phillips)

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The incarnation of Christ is so spectacular, so fundamental to our faith, so full of implications for our lives that three gospel writers approach it in three notably different ways to capture its nuances. Matthew leads us to consider the connection between Jesus and the people of Israel, Luke presents four theologically rich songs that exult in the Lord’s work, and John sees the incarnation from the perspective of the Father in heaven as his plan of redemption comes to fruition.

In this short devotional work, theologians Daniel Doriani, Philip Ryken, and Richard Phillips present twelve readings that combine accessible Bible commentary with pastoral insight. Deepen your understanding of the incarnation with a multifaceted view that draws on the complete arc of biblical teaching.


Daniel M. Doriani (MDiv, PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary; STM, Yale Divinity School; Research Fellow, Yale University) is professor of theology and vice president at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the founder and president of The Center for Faith and Work, St. Louis; a member of the Council of The Gospel Coalition; and a regular blogger. He was also a lead pastor for fifteen years.

Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.

Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series


“A delightful volume. . . . All who read this book should experience a deeper devotion to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

—Jerry Bridges, Author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“The authors are Reformed in their theology, reliable in their understanding of the passages, and all of them fascinating writers. This book will be a great help . . . to lay believers trying to distinguish the real biblical teaching from all the Christmas fluff.”

—John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Here is exposition modeled by pastors with scholarly gifts and scholars with pastors’ hearts. . . . May it serve as a model to encourage and enthuse a new generation to love the Word of God!”

—Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary