Archive for December, 2013

“THOU ART MY SON”(Pt. 3)

“Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory ‘(1 Timothy 3:16 NIV).

MYSTERY OF GODLINESS

It is believed that the words that the apostle Paul wrote regarding the mystery of godliness was a poem or hymn of praise sung by the early community of believers in Jesus the Messiah. They capture in a simple but profound way that which the human mind cannot enter into but that which the Spirit mind bows in awe, joy and praise.  Faith is essential to entering into the mystery.

LAWLESSNESS Vs OBEDIENCE

Jesus Christ came into the word, sent of the Father, as an OBEDIENT Son. “Sacrifice and meal offering You have not desired; My ears You have opened; Burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:6-8 NASB).

As with Christ Jesus,the hallmark of true sons of the Kingdom of heaven is joyful, instant obedience.

MOMENTS OF MYSTERY & MAJESTY

Jesus came as the new order of species in the earth. Everything our Lord Jesus did was the results of unbroken fellowship with his heavenly Father.  “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19 NIV).

The apostle Paul gives us further insight. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned- Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”(Romans 5:12, 14, 19-21 NASB).

All that the first son,Adam, brought upon the World order through his disobedience to the heavenly Father, was undone through the perfect obedience of God’s only begotten Son,Jesus Christ, the last Adam.  Hallelujah!  What a mystery of our salvation. 

THE GIFT OF MERCY

We celebrate the Good News at this Christmas season as we understand God’s gift of mercy in Jesus Christ. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus”(Romans 3:23-26 NASB).   This is the wonder and  majesty of our King and Savior.

As gifts and cards are exchanged this Holiday season don’t forget to share God’s unspeakable gift–Jesus Christ. He is the Good News of Christmas…According to the Scriptures.

 

(c) Copyright 2013, Walter Fletcher, Jr.  All rights reserved. This article may be copied and shared free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com.

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“THOU ART MY SON”(Pt.2)

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Galatians 4:4, 5 NIV)

The angel Gabriel’s visitation to Mary was her moment in time to give birth to eternity. The ordinary became extra-ordinary…”A virgin shall bring forth a son” said Isaiah. The Holy Spirit of God sovereignly and supernaturally did what would naturally occur in the course and cycle of life through a man and a woman.

THE ORDER OF REDEMPTION

The scriptures tell us that through a woman (Eve) being deceived we had a Fall (See Genesis 3). But lest we forget, let us remember God has the Last Word, whose Name is Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit overshadowing the conception in the womb of the virgin, Mary, there came the dawn of our redemption. Again, we recall that through a woman, Mankind fell. But we must also remember that through the agency of a woman,  Mankind would be rescued.

“YES, LORD!”

The miracle inside of Mary’s womb began to form by the simple abandonment and surrender to the will of God.  Mary’s “Be it unto me according to your word” (Luke 1:38) altered the course of human history. The cross she chose to bear (Not explaining the unexplainable!) did two primary things: First, It brought an inter-section in Time (B.C. and A.D.). History as we know it today has been forever  divided between that which occurred before our Lord’s entrance into the human race and the hope he brought to the human race.

The second thing Mary’s “Yes, Lord!” accomplished was to set in motion God’s eternal plan to have a family. “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Galatians 4:4-7 NASB).   Mary brought forth a son to call her own but also delivered The Son in order that we might become true sons of God (See John 1:12-13 & Romans 8:16).

SON OF DAVID

Mary was given the Name for this wonder and mystery in her womb. “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:31-33 NIV). The son born to Mary was “the son of David” and “the root of Jesse”. He would sit on the throne of David as Israel’s  king. (See 2 Samuel 7:12-13 & Isaiah 11:1-5).

A BRIDGE OF HOPE

Mary’s moment became from eternity to time in order that we might embrace a moment of hope for eternity. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved”(John 3:16, 17 NKJV).

May we experience Mary’s moment of conception inside our own heart. “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God”(John 1:11-13 NIV).

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“THOU ART MY SON”

The holiday season of Christmas is upon us once again. I want to share a little different scriptural view of our Lord Jesus’ birth. There are actually several vantage points I want to share although we rarely give them the scriptural reflection they deserve.

COMING AS GOD’S SON

The writer to the Hebrew Christians starts with the bringing forth of Jesus from His eternal existence with the Father. “In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe…And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him”(Hebrews 1:2, 6 NIV).

Before Jesus came as the virgin Mary’s son He was declared “My Son” by Father God. “For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”?  Or again, “I will his Father, and he will be my Son”?(Hebrews 1:5 NIV).   What was decreed in the eternal realm between the Father and the Son was brought forth in the realm of time by the Holy Spirit.

THE DAWN OF CREATION

Many scholars agree that the personification of “Wisdom” in Proverbs 8 is an allusion of Jesus Christ, Who “has been made to us Wisdom”(See 1 Co. 1:30). ““The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water; I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind”(Proverbs 8:22-24, 27, 28, 30, 31 NIV).   We recall that Job was asked by God, ” ‘Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”(Job 38:4-7 NIV).  Before there was the Song of Redemption for the Son there was the Song of Creation for the Son.

JOHN’S POEM

The apostle John outlived his other fellow apostles by about sixty years. He wrote his gospel starting with a poem of Jesus, the Living Word.  He wrote,”In the beginning WAS the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He WAS in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being”[Caps. Mine](John 1:1-3 NASB).  Jesus’ BEGINNING was before there was “In the beginning”(Genesis 1:1).

THE SEASON WE CELEBRATE

Worship is due Jesus our King , at this Season we celebrate. It is His by right, predicated on the fact that in Jesus the Messiah, our God became our Savior. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”(Isaiah 9:6 NIV).

Let us join with the myriad of angels in their song to our Creator. Let us also invite all the Nations to “Come worship and bow down before the Lord,our Maker.”

 We,as believers, have learned to sing of the mystery of the virgin birth of our Savior. As the great Hymn writer, Isaac Watts put it :      “Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see…Hail Incarnate Deity!”

(c) Copyright 2013, Walter Fletcher Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be copied and shared free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com.