Thursday, 13 December 2018
God in a Baby?
But the Apostle Paul shows that the Christ truly came from God because he was a member of the Trinity. Philippians 2:5-7 (KJV) reads, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:"
And as I pointed out previously, Jesus was part of the lineage of King David. Hebrews 2:16 reads, "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham."
Furthermore, Christ came to save all who would believe in him. In Matthew 1:21 (KJV) Gabriel told Joseph what name to call his son and why he would be born. "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
Romans 8:3 (KJV) also shows why just keeping the commandments wasn't enough to save us. "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:"
We also have testimony from Jesus himself that he came to save those who would follow him. John 3:18 (KJV) quotes him as saying, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
I should explain for those who might not know this that the term "Son of God" doesn't mean that Mary had sexual relations with anybody. Islam denies the virgin birth because Muhammad and his followers couldn't accept that Christ was born without a human father. We don't know how but the Lord created in Mary's womb the zygote which became Jesus.
Because people lack understanding of biblical terminology, they invent errant doctrines. I hope to deal with those in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? So many mistaken ideas would never be taught if people would take time to study the reasons for titles like Son of God and heavenly Father.
On Saturday, I'll post about a song popular in 1973 and how it reminded me of a certain daughter of a widow in the Bible.