Friday, December 16, 2011

Three Foundational Stones of Christianity (Part One)

It has been said that Christianity rests on three great foundational stones.  These three foundational stones are all found in these words in (Luke 2:11) and they consist of the following:
1.     THE  INCARNATION – HE CAME -  “Unto you is born”
2.     THE CRUCIFIXION – HE DIED – “a Savior”
3.     THE RESURRECTION – HE LIVES – “which is Christ the Lord”
1. THE FIRST Foundational Stones – THE INCARNATION – HE CAME
“Unto you IS BORN”.  The birth of Jesus Christ is indeed, “the reason for the season”.  His birth was a natural birth, like anyone else born into the world.  It says in (Galatians 4:4) “When the fullness of the time was come, (the time of His birth was divinely determined) God sent forth His Son made of a woman, made under the law”.  And, (Luke 2:7) says, “She (Mary) brought forth her firstborn Son”.  The conception of His birth, however, was supernatural.  He was born of a virgin, in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, seven centuries earlier.  (Isaiah 7:14) “The Lord Himself shall give you a sign, behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His Name Immanuel” (meaning “God with us” or “”with us God”).  The virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is confirmed in the New Testament, for we read in (Matthew 1:18) “Before they (Mary & Joseph) came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost”.  Also, it says in (Matthew 1:20) “that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost”.  When we speak of the Lord’s incarnation, we refer to the fact that He became man.  He became man without ceasing to be God.  (Isaiah 9:6) reminds us of a very important aspect of the birth of Christ.  It says “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given”. Not only was a child born, like the birth of any other child, but, unlike any other birth, unto us a son is given.   (John 3:16) “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  Was there ever a time when you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ?  Was there a definite time when you put your faith and trust in Him?  It says in (1 Timothy 3:16) “Great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh”. God gave His Son. Why did God give us such a wonderful gift?  Notice again what our verse says.
“UNTO YOU is born”. This is the reason that He came. (1 Timothy 1:15) “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”.  God says in His Word that we need a Savior because we are all sinners, both by nature and by practice.  We are sinners by nature because we are all born into this world with a sinful nature within us.  That means we are sinners by birth.  It says in (Romans 5:12) “By one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”.  Because of the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve, the whole human race is infected with sin and the consequence of sin which is death.  Being born into this world, we are in the flesh and God says (Romans 8:8) “They that are in the flesh cannot please God”.  If you are not saved, you have never thought, said or done one thing that has pleased God.  It says in (Isaiah 64:6) “We are all as an unclean thing and all our righteous nesses are as filthy rags”.  Not only are we sinners by nature but we are sinners by practice as well.  Note what the Bible says in the following verses:
·        (Romans 3:9) “Jews and Gentiles alike, they are all under sin”.
·        (Romans 3:10) “There is none righteous, no not one”.
·        (Romans 3:23) “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”.
·        (Ecclesiastes 7:20) “There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not”
These verses are sufficient to show mans sinful condition in the eyes of a Holy God.  It is true that all may not have sinned alike, or to the same degree, yet all alike have sinned in some degree.  We have stated that the consequence of sin is death, but death is not the end.  It says in (Hebrews 9:27) “It is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment”.  God will judge the sinner who dies in their sin.  (Revelation 20:11-15) describes the “great white throne” judgment. The solemn scene ends with the words “whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.  (Revelation 21:8) describes “The lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death”.  Is your name written in the book of life?  This is the reason that we need a Savior and God’s salvation.

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