DAYS OF PRAISE- THE INCARNATE DEITY
- December 16, 2009"Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thoughtit not robbery to be equal with God: But made himselfof no reputation, and took upon him the form of aservant, and was made in the likeness of men."The entire gospel message runs counter to thehuman mind. The Creator dying for the creation.The judge paying the penalty for the guilty.The immortal One dying. Sinless God substitutingfor human sinners. No human or devil ever couldhave thought of this scheme, and indeed, no suchone did. This is evidenced by the works-orientedsalvation offered by all cults and false religions, asconjured up by such sources.But make no mistake! The babe in the manger wasthe Creator, holy and eternal! "Who is the image ofthe invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. . . .All things were created by him, and for him: . . . thatin all things he might have the preeminence. For itpleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;And, having made peace through the blood of his cross,by him to reconcile all things unto himself"In order to qualify as a sacrificial substitute, He had tobe born as a child into humankind, but without theinherited sin nature of His human parents. A virginbirth was therefore necessary.He had to live a sinless life. He had to be fully human,but also fully God, so that His substitutionary deathcould apply to the sins of more than one guilty sinner.He had to be "God with us," the meaning of theprecious title Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23), asprophesied years before (Isaiah 7:14). JDMChrist, by the highest Heav'n adored, Christ, theeverlasting Lord:
Late in the time behold Him come, Offspring of avirgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th'incarnateDeity!
Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmamuel.
Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"Powered by phplist.