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Regarding Christian incarnation, Wikipedia says:

The doctrine of the Incarnation of Christ is central to the traditional Christian faith as held by the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, most Protestants and the Bible. Briefly, it is the belief that the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, also known as the Son or the Logos (Word), “became flesh” when he was miraculously conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary. In the Incarnation, the divine nature of the Son of God was perfectly united with human nature in one divine Person. The vast majority of churches believe this person, Jesus, was both truly God and truly man. This doctrine is specifically referenced in the Bible in John 1:14 and Colossians 2:9. It is known as the hypostatic union.

In my Statement of Faith, I noted that I believe that all creatures possess the image of God. By this, I mean that in all creation, both living organisms and natural cycles, we see the imprint of God. Within ourselves, others and all things, there are elements that we do not understand. The sum total of these elements is the Divine Mystery. In this way, we are all vessels of the Divine. God dwells within all of us.

Christian Orthodoxy holds that Jesus was God incarnate.  Protestant Christianity also holds that Jesus dwells within the hearts those who have been saved. In this way Christians are incarnated with Jesus.

As one learns to recognize the image of God more clearly within oneself, other people, and all of creation, these images of God grow more and more distinct. These images become so powerful, that their vessels become the embodiment of God–the incarnation. A friend of mine stated this point of view well. “It’s a freeing idea. Just as Jesus was God, God dwells within all of us. At the same, just as Jesus was human, we are all human.”