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Daily Reading: 7th May 2016

Matthew 1.22-23 cont.

22 Now all this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet.

23 See a virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is: ‘God with us’.

Continued from yesterday

The Bible teaches the incarnation of Jesus, the coming of Jesus into the world, which was achieved through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Being conceived by the Holy Spirit would over power and eliminate the sinful genes of Mary. Luke (1.35) records that The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.

The Holy Spirit produces in Mary the purity of the Father, which destroys the impurity that would be within Mary.

Likewise, when we allow the Holy Spirit to operate in us He produces in us the purity that Jesus secured for us on the cross. We are not hopelessly lost in slavery to sin, but released by the Holy Spirit to be slaves to righteousness – living God’s way.

The great thing about the prophetic word is that, through Jesus, God is with us. The Greeks considered God to be remote and aloof. For the Jews they could only reach God through complete righteous living and total obedience to the Law. This was an impossibility, because sin separates us from God, and all have sinned, all have fallen short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3.23)

The reality of the New Testament (Covenant) is that God became man – the Word became flesh and lived amongst us (John 1.14). This is the incarnation. This is a teaching that Jesus confirmed when He said:

“I came down from Heaven not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me” – John 6.38.

Paul also wrote about the pre-existence of Jesus:

[4] But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.

[5] God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very Own children – Galatians 4-5 (NLT).

The incarnation of Jesus is miraculous, because He could only come into the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, we see that the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) is involved in the events of the conception and birth of Jesus.

God sent Him, the power of the Holy Spirit brought about His conception, and Jesus, the Word, became flesh.

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