What I believe – Lesson 3

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God the Son

Genesis 3:15

Genesis 3:15 ESV “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.””

Apostle Creed

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and was buried. The third day He rose again from the dead;

He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” 

Article 2—Of the Word, or Son of God, Who Was Made Very Man

The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided; whereof is one Christ, very God and very Man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.

Beginning of Christ

John 1:1–4 ESV “1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

Christ, Jesus – The Son of God

When did Christ first appear?  Was his beginning at the virgin birth?  Did He appear in the Old Testament?  Or, was He always here?

1. According to John 1:1 – God the Son was in the very beginning with the Father because He is God.

2. According to Colossians 1:14-17, all things were created by Christ.

Colossians 1:14–17 ESV “1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

1:15 ¶ He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” 

3. Therefore, Christ was not created, He always was, is, and shall be because He is the second part of the Trinity, the Son of God.

The Birth of Christ

Galatians 4:4 ESV “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,” 

Isaiah 7:14 ESV “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” 

Born of a virgin

Matthew 1:18 ESV “¶ Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.” 

Matthew 1:25 ESV “but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.” 

Luke 1:34–35 ESV “1:34 ¶ And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

1:35 ¶ And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.” 

Some want to describe Mary as only a young woman.  However, the Scriptures are clear that not only was she a young woman, but also a virgin.  A virgin is one who has never had any sexual relations with a man.

Virgin represents chaste and purity.

If Christ is not born of a virgin by miraculous Holy Spirit intervention, then He is not God.

A person can not deny the virgin birth of Christ without denying the truth presented by the Scriptures.  The virgin birth is essential part of the salvation of man.  Had Christ been born of a man, he would have had the sin nature passed on from one man to the next.

If Christ is not born of a woman, then:

  • He is a sinner like the rest of us.
  • We have no saviour at all.
  • We are still in our sins.
  • We have no hope after death.
  • We have no mediator between us and God.
  • If we deny the miracle of the virgin birth, the we must deny all the miracles in the Bible. 

Two seeds in Genesis 3:15

Genesis 3:15 ESV “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” 

Seed of the woman

Notice that it mentions the seed of the woman, not the seed of man.  This is the only place in the Bible where it mentions the seed of the woman.  Everywhere else, it is the seed of man.  The seed of the woman was a person, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Seed of Satan

The seed of satan is also a person who is the antichrist.  Between these two seeds there is a battle going on.  It will not be until the final end that the victory will be complete.

Revelation 19:20 ESV “And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.” 

Revelation 20:10 ESV “and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” 

The Blood of Christ

Leviticus 17:11 ESV “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.” 

1 Peter 1:17–19 ESV “1:17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,

1:18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,

1:19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 

Importance of the blood

Genesis 9:4 ESV “But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”  

Deuteronomy 12:23 ESV “Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.”   

The blood is one of the most important members of our body.  We must remember that life is found in the blood.  Once the blood is gone, the body will die shortly. The blood supplies all the nourishment to the cells.  This is a constant replenishment of supplies to the body.

Two types of blood

Adam’s Blood

From one person to the next person, the sinful blood of Adam is passed down.  Every generation from Adam until now has received the tainted blood of sin.  We have a sin nature because it has been passed down from Adam until now.

1 Corinthians 15:22 ESV “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

   

Romans 5:17–19 ESV “5:17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

5:18 ¶ Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.

5:19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” 

Christ’s Blood

What is the difference between the two, Adam and Christ?  Adam sinned and because of his sin, he brought death into the world.  All men die because of sin.  However, Christ’s blood is sinless and pure; therefore, it brings life to man.  His blood cleanses away the sin.

Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.

Hebrews 9:11–14 ESV “9:11 ¶ But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)

9:12 he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.

9:13 For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh,

9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.”  

The Body of Christ

John 1:14 ESV “¶ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

 

Jesus Christ is both God and man.  He became man so that He might redeem us by paying the price for our salvation on the cross of Calvary.  When He was born in the manger to Mary, God became man.

1 Timothy 2:5 ESV “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”

Became man to redeem man

Galatians 4:4–5 ESV “4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,

4:5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

Became man to take man’s place

Matthew 20:28 ESV “even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””   

Ephesians 5:2 ESV “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” 

1 Thessalonians 5:10 ESV “who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.” . 

Became God manifested in the flesh

Dr. Handley Moule remarks that “God did not send His Son to join a man born of a woman; which would have been an alliance of two persons, not a harmony of two natures in relation to one person.” Oh, beloved, how incomprehensible is the mystery! Through the Holy Ghost our Lord became not God and Man, but “the God-Man.” He was truly “God manifest in the -flesh”! That man should be made in God’s image was a wonder, but that God should be made in man’s image is a greater wonder.

In his despair job cried, “Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both” (9:33). But Christ is our Daysman: “The God-man!” says Dr. Pierson. “The daysman betwixt us both, who can lay his hand upon us both, because He is of us both! The way of God to man-the way of man to God; the true Jacob’s ladder between heaven and earth, God above it, to come down-man beneath it, to go up! The God-man is Himself our pledge that as God in Christ became a partaker of the human nature, so man in Christ becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Born of a woman, made like unto Him! The God-man is not only a mystery and a miracle, but a prophecy and a promise … They used to say of Mozart that he brought angels down; of Beethoven, that he lifted mortals up. Jesus Christ does both, and here lies the central mystery of the God-man, a mystery which is blessedly revealed to him who by faith has personal experience of His power to save.”

And so one side of the mystery of the miracle is that “at the birth of Jesus of Nazareth there came into existence one Personality, such as, with reference to the duality of its nature, had never had existence before,” as Dr. Morgan puts it.

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