December 23, 2018 Sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1

Romans 5:18-19

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

 

Everyone related to Adam is in trouble. Therefore, no one related to Adam can help themselves or anyone else. But we need a human to rescue us, but how can a human rescue us if all people are related to Adam?
Therefore, we need a human who is not related to Adam!

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Genesis 5:3

Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, and after his image; and called his name Seth

 

Adam lost his divine image, now passes along human, fallen, mortal image.

Genesis 3:14-15

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

 

Bruise heel—Idea being the heel stomps on Satan, but the one doing the stomping will get hurt. Bruise head—Satan takes a shot to the head, a fatal blow, sealing his doom. Where sin abounds; grace abounds—grace enters with sin.

Denotes three things: 1)Messiah will be human—woman’s seed 2) He will suffer and die—bruising 3) He will defeat Satan—bruise his head

Isaiah 7:14—over time we’re given more information about that seed.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

 

Matthew 1:18-23

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 

Of Holy Ghost—not by human means, a divine child. So we have a human who is not related to Adam by physical conception. This is what we’ve needed all along!

Save from sin—He is the embodied seed to come that would save all humanity.

Jesus—Joshua, means Jehovah is salvation. Emmanuel— God with us, God dwelling among us, in our nature. Not so much the name itself, but the nature He takes on Himself. Jesus is God united with man, God was dwelling with man.

Galatians 4:3-5

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

 

Fulness of time—at the time appointed by the Father. Enough time to show the sickness of sin, the inability of man, the development and fulfillment of prophecy, and all sorts of things were laid out first. Wait until disease is fully developed before getting solution from a doctor!

Sent forth—implies pre-existence. His son—not a man’s son, but God’s own Son. Made of a woman—God intervened to bring forth His son from a human mother.

Adoption of sons—human sons can now be made sons of God. Back to His image!

Romans 8:29--For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son

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