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THE INCARNATION OF JESUS CHRIST

(And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us..)

John 1:14 

In Matthew 22:42, Christ asked the imposing question to the unbelieving Pharisees   ” What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?” Their answer, while partially correct, was incomplete and they refused to apply it to Christ himself. Ever since the inception of the church at Pentecost  The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ has been under attack. And in a massive endeavor  to discredit our Savior’s  relationship to the Godhead  as the second person of the triune God, denying Him of his divinity and lowering  him  to the level of man- only a perfect man and  have cast  serious reflection upon Christ’s  person and work.

1.THE MENTION OF THE INCARNATION: there are several verses in the Old Testament that either directly or indirectly predict the incarnation of Christ.  The first divine intimation of this event is found in Genesis 3:15, where God himself  declared that there will be  a historically lengthy conflict between the seed of Satan and the seed of the woman.  “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head(Satan) and thou shalt bruise his (the seed-Christ) heel.”   The promise of the coming Messiah was reiterated in Isaiah 7:14, ” Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.

2.THE MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION:  The Scripture teachs that in the fullness of time, God sent forth His son in the “likeness of sinful flesh and for sin” (Romans 8:3). This of course is a great mystery to the human mind!  ” And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh….”  (1st Timothy 3:16). Almost all the versions have changed the word “God” to “he”.  Now, “he being manifest in the flesh” is not great mystery at all. You and I are also manifested  in the flesh. The great mystery is  “ God” being manifest in the flesh! Beware of the versions who try to demote Christ to the human level!!

3.THE MIRACLE OF THE INCARNATION:  In Matthew 1:22-23 we read, ” Now all these  was done, that it might be fulfilled with was spoken of the Lord by the prophet ( that is referring to Isaiah 7:14), saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a song, and they shall call his name  Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”  Here also we see the versions losing out, when they  changed the word ” virgin” to “maiden or a young girl”.   A “young girl” or a “maiden”  being with child can be no sing at all; since many young girls can be with child, within or without the wedlock: the sign here is ” the virgin” being with child!

4.THE MESSAGE OF THE INCARNATION: We have Scripture after Scripture declaring the purpose of incarnation so that no man could miss that.   John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. In 1st John 4:9, we read,  “In this was manifest the love of God toward us, because  that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”  Yes, ” For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)

5.THE MOCKERY OF THE INCARNATION: For many deceivers are entered  into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, that is a deceiver and an Antichrist.” (1st John 5:20)  One of the marking signs of a cult is the false view they have about the incarnation of Christ. They say that, “ Christ is fully and totally a man  who had a close walk with God.” They deny His eternal Sonship, and Him being the second person in the triune God, demoting him to the level of a man.   “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word of God….. and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, ” and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”   John 1:1 and 14.

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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