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    A Thought for the Week--
    The Destiny of God in Christ

November 27, 2007

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ)

We are beginning to enter the Christmas season, when we remember and celebrate the birth of Jesus. The passage quoted above reminds us that a Child was born for us. This Child was also a Son. The Child was born of a virgin, but He was also the Son of God. God sent His Son, in the form of a human, born as a child through a sinful but chosen and blessed woman. He was born in the likeness of sinful flesh as we all are--yet He did not sin. The nature of God that He lived in, kept Him from giving in to the sinful desires of His flesh, of Satan, and of the world. He showed us how it is possible to be born of sinful flesh and yet to live above those desires by abiding in the nature of God through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit of God.

We who were born into sin can be born from above. Because of the sinless life of Jesus, a new life is available to us. God can bring us out of the life of our sinful flesh and into the life of the sinless Son of God. God can move us out of our old sinful nature into the nature and life of Christ. The Bible says, "For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son" (Colossians 1:13 NAS).

This transformation is occurring for those who have received Christ into their lives. The Holy Spirit empowers us to put off the ways of our old life and to put on the new ways of Christ as He reveals them to us. The Christ Child lived under the influence and power of the Holy Spirit, keeping Himself in God’s life, and not giving in to the life of the sinful flesh. Now, by translating us into the Kingdom of Christ--by having Jesus live in us--God can make us partakers of His Divine nature. This work of transformation continues each day as we acknowledge our need of Him and renounce our old ways as He reveals them. We become filled with more of His life and our old life dies as we allow God to continue His work of complete transformation of our spirit, soul, and body. Paul says, "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1Thes 5:23 NKJ).

Paul then reminds us, "He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it" (1Thes 5:24 NKJ). That is why Isaiah said, "His name will be called WONDERFUL…" God is able to do this for us in Christ, and by Christ.

Father, we rejoice in Your nature, character, desires and destiny for us through the destiny You have for Your Son. Help us to truly know Him as WONDRERFUL--for us and in us--so we can be united with You. Amen.

 

    A Thought for the Week--
    The Destiny of God in Christ

November 28, 2007

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ)

As we enter the Christmas season, we remember the birth of the Christ Child. This Child of Bethlehem had been prophesied about centuries before He was born. The above passage in Isaiah foretells what God was to do in sending His Son. God had a purpose in sending His Son; He was to govern the world. The Jews were expecting their Messiah to bring them out from the government of their enemies and to be their King. He would sit on the throne of David. Jesus will yet do this.

When the angel appeared to Mary, telling her she would be impregnated by the Holy Spirit and would bring forth a Child, she was told more about Him. The angel said, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David" (Luke 1:31-32 NKJ). Once again the angel confirmed to Mary Isaiah’s prophecy that the Messiah would be given the throne of His father David. Jesus was born into the bloodline of David.

The angel told Mary that Jesus was to be called "the Son of the Highest." Jesus was the Son of God and was to be called the Son of God. God promised Isaiah, in the verse above, that He would send His Son. He promised Mary that the Child she would bear would be called the Son of the Highest. His Father affirmed to Jesus that He was His Son. When Jesus was baptized, God spoke from heaven saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17 NKJ). Jesus openly professed that He was the Son of God, calling God His Father. He spoke of God dwelling in Him and He in God. He was crucified because He called Himself the Messiah, the Son of God (Matthew 26:63-65).

The Christ was crucified because He confessed that He was who God said He was, and who the Bible said He would be. He was true to Himself, to His Father, and to all that was prophesied of Him.

Today, the three great religions are in disagreement about who Jesus was and is. The truth is that the Child of Bethlehem is, was and always will be the Son of God. The truth is that Jesus shall sit on the throne of David governing all the nations of the earth. The truth is that this Jesus who was crucified, has been raised from the dead by God and He has been exalted and is Lord and Christ. Today He reigns from His place in the heavens, far above all spiritual thrones in the mid-heavens and above all the rulers of the earth. This is the message of Peter on Pentecost (Acts 2:33-36).

Father, we rejoice that You have done what You said You would do and are doing what You said You would do in Christ, through Christ , in us, and through us. We give You all glory and honor and praise. Amen.

 

    A Thought for the Week--
    The Destiny of God in Christ

November 29, 2007

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ)

As we remember the birth of Jesus in this Christmas season, we remember who He was, what He became, what He did, and what He is doing and will do to fulfill all God had ordained for Him to do.

Isaiah prophesied of the coming of the Christ Child. He would be a Child, like us. He was and is and always will be the Son of God. The above passage speaks of His being the ruler of all of God’s creation. The next verse in Isaiah says, "Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this" (Isaiah 9:7 NKJ).

David spoke of future events. He wrote of a time when all the kings and families and nations would live for and under God. He wrote, "All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the kingdom is the LORD'S, and He rules over the nations" (Psalm 22:27-28 NKJ). And again, "…all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him" (Psalm 72:11 NKJ). David spoke of a time when God would change the ruling powers in the heavens: "Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will change them, and they will be changed" (Psalm 102:25-26). Jesus will reign and accomplish all the things that David spoke about.

The angel who visited Mary told her of the reign of her forthcoming Child. The angel said, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1:31-33 NKJ).

Jesus knew all God had promised Him. He often quoted from Psalm 110. Jesus said, "Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms, 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool’"" (Luke 20:42-44). Jesus knew who He was and where He was going. He also knew what He had to endure in order to come into all God had for Him to be and do. He came to show us how to live for and in God and under the power and direction of the Spirit of God. Now He reigns so we can live in Him and be and do and come into all God has for us. O COME, LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST THE LORD!

Farther, we rejoice in You and in Your plan to bring all things under Christ and to remove all that is in opposition to Your plan and Your destiny for Jesus and for us. Help us to follow Christ as He follows You. Amen.

 

    A Thought for the Week--
    The Destiny of God in Christ

November 30, 2007

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ)

The Christmas season is coming. We can celebrate Him who came for us. The above passage talks of the reign of Jesus over all of God’s creation. The Jewish nation was awaiting such a Messiah. The angel announced to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus, the coming King.

God also revealed to Joseph the truth that Mary was carrying a Child who was conceived by the Spirit of God. The Bible says, "…behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him [Joseph] in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins’ " (Matthew 1:20-21 NKJ).

The Child conceived by Mary was the eternal Son of God. He was to be called "Jesus," meaning "Savior" or "Yahweh Saves." In Isaiah 9:6-7, God reveals that His Son, born of a woman, would be the ruler of His creation, fulfilling the promises He made through David. This word was given to Mary. Now God reveals to Joseph that this Child in Mary’s womb was to be called "Jesus," because He would save His people from their sins. This was in fulfillment of what God had prophesied through Isaiah of the coming Messiah, in Isaiah chapters 52 and 53.

He would be highly exalted: "Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; he shall be exalted and extolled and be very high" (Isaiah 52:13 NKJ). He will bear our sins, be punished for them and carry them away as the scapegoat: "Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJ). God Himself would bruise Him and reject Him: "it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; he has put Him to grief" (Isaiah 53:10 NKJ). Jesus would not only reap His reward, but He would share it with those who overcome through Him: "Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong" (Isaiah 53:12 NKJ). All these things were prophesied of the Christ, who accomplished them for us. O COME LET US ADORE HIM, CHRIST THE LORD!

Father, we rejoice in You. We rejoice in Your plan for Your Son and for the people of Israel. Thank You that in Christ we have been grafted into Israel and receive along with them the promises given to them through Christ. Thank You that Jesus saves! Amen.

 

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