A CLOSER WALK
GOD’S GIFT - Part 2
Pastor Bill Meadows
“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9).
Last week I used the last three words of Part 1, “Open the gift!” You will find that Jesus is God (And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased “ Matthew 3:17). You will also find that Jesus was a man. This is the Biblical doctrine of virgin birth (“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel’ Isaiah 7:44), that virgin was Mary, without the aid of a man and only by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit conceived and gave birth to a Son, the Holy One of God, our Lord Jesus What a miracle was this supernatural begetting. “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of woman, made under the law” (Galatians 4:4). The baby was a supernatural person, taking on Himself our human nature. He was God wrapped in flesh. Then there was the miracle of the supernatural preservation of Jesus from all the stains of sin. We must understand that in this incarnation Jesus never ceased to be what he always was, that is God! Jesus is God and Man.
A question comes to mine mind, “Why did Jesus become a man? Adam sold us out as slaves to sin, “Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). No man can redeem us because no man is qualified to do so.” As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). God sent His divine gift, Jesus Christ, in a state of humiliation, as man, to become our redeemer. By His death He brought us out of slavery to sin law, death, Satan, and hell and set us free granting us the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
The gospel or the good news is about a baby, born “today,” the angel said Today! That means in the fullness of time, in fulfillment of God’s ancient prophecy and promise. The time had come. It was “Today.” But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose going forth have been from of old from everlasting” ( Micah 5:2).
Here we are told that Beth-lehem is distinguish as Ephratah in the land . It was the home of David and the birthplace of Jesus. The Baby was the son of David and heir of his throne.
Then we are told, “A Savior has been born.” Who was this Savior? His name was already chosen by his heavenly Father: “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). This Jesus was the one who would crush the head of the serpent. He would defeat Satan and THE demons and every force that is against God and man. He would deliver his people from the clutches of sin accomplishing this by his life and death. Jesus gives us salvation! That means our sins are fully pardoned and we are clothed in the full righteousness of God so that we can appear before him and enjoy fellowship with him forever. Jesus reconciles us to God by dealing with the problem of sin, which has separated us from him.
This Jesus is the Christ, we are told Christ means He is the Messiah, the Anointed One, anointed by the Holy Spirit to be a prophet, priest and Lord over all. It is he and he alone who teaches us the way to God. It is He Who told us to come to Him and learn of Him, which we do through His word, the Bible.
There is no other name than the name of Jesus given by God by which we can be saved. He is the indescribable gift!
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY READERS!”
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