The incredible happened!

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.

Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory – the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father. John 1.1,14

Jesus is the Word. We use words to communicate with one another. John writes that Jesus is eternal. He already existed at the time of creation. He was with God when God created everything, Genesis 1.26. He has been at God’s side throughout time. John also writes that Jesus is God. The incredible happened! Jesus became flesh. He was born of a woman. He grew up as a human boy who started as a baby, learning how to crawl, to talk, and to walk. He came to live on earth. He came to bring a message, words. He was unique, the one and only son who came from God. He was full of grace and truth. He passed that truth to us in words. Those words came from the Father. When Jesus speaks, it is God talking to us. Jesus said in John 12.49-50 that he did not speak for himself, but that God told him what to say and what to teach. He passed God’s message to us exactly as he was told because of its importance. For you see, his message points us to eternal life.

#risingjoy #John #incarnation

Who comes into the world: John 11.27 VOTD

“Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.”

John 11.27

Mary answered the Lord Jesus in this way after he asked if she believed that he was the resurrection and the life. It demonstrates great understanding of Jesus’ identity and mission. John records her confession as a beautiful example of people coming to faith.

How does Jesus’ “coming into the world” (his incarnation) fit into the gospel story? Is it a part of the gospel? What about those who say that only Christ’s death, burial, resurrection are the basic facts of the gospel?

#confession #incarnation #VOTD

January 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in the Flesh)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The Word Became Flesh (B. J. Clarke)
  • The Suffering Saviour (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Effective Ministry of the Incarnate Son (Rick Brumback)
  • Jesus: The Master Teacher (Ken Hope)
  • Jesus: The Humble Servant (Ross Haffner)
  • Jesus: A Friend of Sinners (Michael Light)
  • He Hath Done All Things Well (Robert Stapleton)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

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Learning Obedience

“Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered” (Heb. 5:8).

The Bible is clear that Jesus has “all power … in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18). So why would a being with all power need to learn obedience? It might have something with the salvation of mankind. Continue reading

#incarnation, #jesus-christ, #obedience

God in the Flesh

I recently spent a week at the Hinesville, Georgia congregation teaching the deity of Jesus in the Gospel of John to young men in the Leadership Training camp. It is a challenging study that I enjoy. John and Ephesians are my two favorite books, so I’ve done more study in them.

I started today on a series of articles on Christ as God in the flesh from the Gospel of John. I include my theory of the purpose of the book and how it comes to bear on the theme established in the prologue.

I would be interested in your thoughts on my article and the overall subject of God in the flesh. How do we express something that is so vital, yet so incomprehensible? Thanks in advance for your insight. I want to be able to learn from you, as well.

#incarnation, #jesus, #john

The virgin birth on ‘good’ Friday

In his Christian Evidences column today on Forthright Magazine, our good brother John Henson writes,

Modernists wish to make Christ an ordinary man and not God our Savior (Titus 1:3, 4). To do this, they preach that while Jesus was a genius, he is just an ordinary man. In order to solidify their doctrine, the virgin birth is the first casualty.

John does a good job in few words of showing the importance of this essential doctrine. Without it, we’re all just a bunch of moralists, as was Dr. Barclay.

The virgin birth gives the lie to progressives who love to use 1 Cor. 15 to affirm that only the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ are the core of the gospel. Even though the passage itself does not lend itself to such a “core” interpretation, the absence of mention of the incarnation destroys their affirmation. Unless, of course, they deny the virgin birth, which is another ball of wax.

The incarnation is also the basis for mission. If Jesus became one of us, in order to save, he sends us in the same manner. “Even so,” he said, or as the NET puts it, “Just as” (John 20:21). We see it in Paul’s principle of becoming “all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some” (1 Cor. 9:19-22).

A friend of mine, who’s now a powerful evangelist used by the Lord, once told me that he had talked with one of the brotherhood’s well known figures in the US, who didn’t realize that Jesus was divine. I was speechless. We need more teaching about Jesus and the major facts and doctrines about his life. So John’s article is a welcome contribution, and recommended for careful study.

#incarnation, #jesus-christ, #virgin-birth

Suffering of the Incarnation

We emphasize, and rightly so, the deep suffering that Christ underwent on the cross, both the excruciating physical pain and the even greater spiritual oppression of bearing the sins of man. I don’t recall any passage of Scripture that refers to the incarnation as suffering, but that step down into humanity from the glories of heaven must have been quite a shock for the Word. Of course, we don’t know to what degree, after the fact, he was aware of that transportation from the celestial realm into the material world. But it bears a moment of thought, it would seem, while many are oohing and aahing over the Christ child and singing touchy-feely songs and setting up well-placed and nicely crafted creches, how God in the flesh must have — can I say it? — suffered when the shadow of the Holy Spirit came upon Mary.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming of portraying Christ crucified (Gal. 3:1).