This article discusses how the doctrine of the incarnation of Christ has been under attack from the very beginning, particularly by the Ebionites, Gnostics, and Arians. It goes on to show that the Scriptures are very clear on the twofold reality that Christ is God with us, for the sake of our salvation.
Berkhof studies some perversions of the gospel from the time of the early New Testament church to when Gnosticism took centre stage. In the early church he takes note of perversions such as those of the Nazarenes, the Ebionites, and the Elkesaites. He also examines Gnosticism, its origins, character, teachings, and historical significance.