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The Virgin Birth – Essential!

Matthew 1:23

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

profileMerry Christmas!  It is one day past Christmas Day – and we are now into Christmas time.  The stories have been read and the presents have been opened and shared.  So what did you get this Christmas?  Present wise I received a new fleece pullover – black – which I love.  How about you?

What I really got for Christmas was a chance to worship and celebrate with my new church family – our first Christmas together.  All three of our services were well attended and we shared about the treasure of Christmas and what God has done for us and our need to share the story with others.  It was a moving time and many have already expressed how God touched them Christmas Eve.  Thanks to the children – the worship team – the choir and musicians – and of course all who attended and helped in any way.

We made a point of talking and writing most recently about essentials in our faith.  We were reminded of one of those essentials a Christmas – the Virgin Birth.  Matthew 1:23 – “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”  The Virgin Birth is a MUST!  Jesus had to be born of the will of God rather than the will of man in order to avoid the sin of Adam!  He had to be born of the Virgin Birth in order to become the second Adam.  Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Let’s read how Paul put it in his Epistle to the Romans.  Romans 5:12-19 – 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 15 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. 18 Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

 

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December 26, 2013 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Outreach, Personal | , , , , , , , , ,

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  1. A Presybterian colleague correctly pointed out that we are really talking about the Virgin Conception of Jesus. Still, I call it the Virgin Birth. Mary was a virgin when she had Jesus. Her child was conceived by the Holy Spirit, by no man on earth.

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    Comment by Favorite Son | December 26, 2013 | Reply

    • The Virgin Birth is still a good phrase because the Scriptures say that Joseph had no union with her until after Jesus was born.

      Matthew 1:24-25 – 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. NIV84

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      Comment by raymcdonald | December 26, 2013 | Reply


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