Gospel Essentials part 1

Receiving or rejecting Jesus have always been the two existing positions from long before the time of His birth. Ever since Eden, even though people did not have the clarity we do today of who He is and exactly how He crushes the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15), salvation has always been received by grace through faith in Christ alone. Now, let’s consider one implication of the birth of Jesus: To believe the God of the bible, you must believe in what He has revealed about the virgin conception and birth of Jesus, His only son. An essential component of the gospel, which we must believe in order to be saved, is the virgin conception and birth of Jesus. As Luke 2:7 makes clear, Jesus was Mary’s “firstborn son.” The fact that it was known in the community that Mary was a virgin, and then became pregnant before her marriage, would have caused many challenges for her, Joseph, Jesus, and their future family. But something else would have been true. Those who heard about the way Jesus was born and the prophesies made about him, only had one of two options in response: believe it, or reject it. The same is true of us today. I should stress the importance of this once more. The virgin conception and birth is the very first component of the gospel of salvation. Disbelieve that and you are not saved. You have not received God’s word on the matter. This brings me to a second point. Our faith in the virgin birth, like all true faith in God, is based on God’s word and its fulfillment. It was prophesied around 700 years before, in Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” So this promise for the virgin to conceive and bear a son was long awaited. Do you believe in the virgin conception and birth? That is part of the Christian faith. We must stand confidently on God’s unchanging word, even if some details can’t be fully explained or understood. This is not the same as saying that faith is illogical, irrational, or un-factual. It is simply true faith, just the same as believing that God made everything from nothing. We believe God by His word and not apart from it. Regarding the virgin birth, you have to admit, it’s pretty amazing that God was calling people to put their faith in Him by trusting in Jesus Christ before Jesus Himself was born! How are you responding to Him, reader? As I said in the beginning, being a receiver or a rejecter of God are the two human realities. What are you doing? Are you receiving or rejecting this Jesus, the only true Savior? Turn to God. Repent, and believe the good news.

 

Matthew 1:18-25 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us).

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called His name Jesus.”

 

Hebrews 9:27-28 “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.”

 

Jesus was conceived by The Holy Spirit and born by a virgin. He lived a life of sinless perfection, fulfilling and achieving all the righteousness we need. He died as a substitute on the cross, to satisfy God’s justice, and give forgiveness and the righteousness of God to all who receive Him. He rose in bodily form on the third day, and later ascended to where He is now seated, at the right hand of The Father. He will soon return to send those who reject Him into everlasting judgement, and to bring those who receive Him into everlasting perfection and joy with Him.

 

Are you a receiver or a rejecter of Jesus? Are you “eagerly waiting for Him.”?

 

Repent and believe the gospel.

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