DIG for Saturday the 10th of December…..the virgin birth is an essential doctrine…..Matthew 1 v 23

The virgin birth is a ‘controversial’ topic in the church, with many theologians (and a previous Archbishop) stating that this doctrine is not essential.

Many say that we can believe in Jesus yet not believe in the virgin birth.

I believe otherwise, the virgin birth is essential doctrine if we are to believe in the finished work of Jesus.

Jesus dealt with sin once and for all at the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

He dealt with sin as a perfect man, sinless and pure.

Jesus was born sinless and this was essential for Him to fulfil His purpose.

Jesus could only be born sinless if He was born as a man but not born of a man.

Joseph, a sinner like the rest of us, was not His biological Father.

Mary was ‘impregnated’ by the Holy Spirit, for nothing with God is impossible (Luke 1 v 35 and 37).

The virgin birth was possible and is essential for our Christian faith.

It is essential for the death and resurrection of Jesus to be worthwhile.

If Jesus was not sinless He could not have done what He did, so the virgin birth is essential doctrine to believe and understand.

There are some ideas and beliefs we could disagree on, but this is not one of them; Jesus was born via a virgin birth, it was possible and it had to be to make His finished work legitimate.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and thank you that He came in the flesh, perfect and sinless, and dealt with all my sin”.

Matthew 1 v 23…..Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and they shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us

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DIG for Friday the 9th of December…..how many wise men were there…..Matthew 2 v 1

OK, so I started yesterday looking at what is ‘wrong’ with what we say about the birth of Jesus, in that He came to bring peace to man not peace on earth.

There are lots of others things that we believe about the birth of Jesus that is not actually in the Bible.

For example do you know that the wise men did not bring gifts to Jesus at His birth?

Now I know most of you will be thinking that they came at His birth, we see this every time we watch a Nativity play and we see it on our Christmas cards, however it is not Biblical to say they were there at His birth.

They came to Him when He was a child, the Greek is clear about this in Matthew 2 v 9.

They came to Him when He was in the family home, the Word is clear about this in Matthew 2 v 11.

So there were no wise men in the stable (or was it a stable; more on that later) when he was born.

And I have one other point about this.

Where in Scripture does it say there were three wise men?

Three wise men visiting Jesus at His birth is a tradition of men (read the DIG for the 1st of December if you missed it) and is not borne out in the Word.

The Word says they came to Jerusalem when He was born (Matthew 2 v 1).

The Word says they met Him (and brought Him gifts) in His family home when He was a small child (Matthew 2 v 11).

Anything else is conjecture or theory, but not Biblical truth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that in His Word we can see the truth about Jesus, including His birth”.

Matthew 2 v 1…..Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem

DIG for Thursday the 8th of December…..do you want to know what really annoys me……Luke 2 v 14

My church fellowship know that there are a few things that get me annoyed; teaching that suggests we should ask for forgiveness, dredging up sin during communion and asking God to heal us to name but a few.

Another “biggie” for me is Christmas cards that say “Peace on earth”.

Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth as men normally think (read Matthew 10 v 34 if you don’t believe me).

If Jesus came to bring peace on earth He failed!

Jesus came to bring peace to earth; He brought goodwill from God to men (Luke 2 v 14).

He brought reconciliation between man and God (2 Corinthians 5 v 18).

Jesus coming to this earth was nothing to do with peace between men (although if we truly understand His love peace will become a fruit of this understanding).

Jesus coming was all about peace between God and man.

The reconciliation of man (and subsequent forgiveness through the blood of Jesus) made it possible for all men to come into salvation and righteousness.

The Word becoming flesh was the start of the process of the possibility of us coming back into a true and meaningful relationship with God the Father.

In this context this is possibly the most important event in human history and it disturbs me that believers can get it so wrong with regards to its true meaning.

Please do me a favour this Christmas, do not send any cards that say “Peace on earth”!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and thank you for the reconciliation that came through Him”.

Luke 2 v 14…..Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men