Tag: Son of God

The Virgin and God’s Son

Scripture reading for March 3rd: Luke 1

Key Scriptures: Luke 1:34-38 “And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God. And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

A key truth of the Christian faith is the truth that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin who had never known a man. This is important for our faith because a man born the ordinary way, through human intercourse, would not be able to save us because he would still have a sin-nature. God’s plan was to form His Son in a virgin’s womb and allow Him to be born of a woman and yet be the “Son of God.” The child would be holy and set apart from all other humans from His birth. Mary, herself, when approached by the angel had trouble understanding how this would happen. The angel explained that God can do anything He wants and had already formed the fore-runner, John the Baptist, in the womb of a barren woman. Mary humbly submitted and offered her body to serve God and mankind.

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.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord I believe that You were born of a virgin, and are the Son of God. Thank You for saving me and those who believe on You. Help me to say along with Mary, Your mother, “Let it be to me according to Your Word,” for all my life and service.

Genesis 18:13-14 “The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”

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Truly the Son of God

Scripture reading for February 5th: Mark 15

Key Scriptures: Mark 15:34-39 “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” Which means, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, He is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to Him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take Him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing Him saw that in this way he breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.””

As Mark concluded the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and suffering on the cross, he includes one of the last prayers of Jesus. It is a question for God the Father. Jesus asks the Father why He has left Him alone. Bystanders thought Jesus might have been calling for Elijah to come take Him down. Another ran and gave Jesus a sedative in a sponge filled with sour wine. At three in the afternoon on Friday before the Sabbath, Jesus cried out His last cry in a loud voice. “It is finished!” was recorded by another Gospel writer. As the tough Roman Centurion watched Jesus and heard His last words, he came to an amazing revelation of truth. “Truly this man was the Son of God.” He is near to saving faith!

Psalm 22:1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are You so far from saving me, from the words of my groanings?”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for suffering shame, torture, and death and the feeling of separation from God on my behalf. Truly, You are the Son of God Who finished the work needed for the salvation of all who will believe.

John 19:30 “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

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In the beginning: God! (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

Scripture reading for January 2nd:  Genesis 1-2, Psalm 19, Mark 1 (5 day Chronological reading plan from www.BibleClassMaterial.cogm)

Key Scriptures:  Genesis  1:1-3 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

God is there in the beginning as the great “I AM.”  He created everything by His powerful Word (Son) out of nothing through the hovering Holy Spirit.  At the beginning of Mark’s Gospel, thought to be the first written of New Testament accounts, we have Jesus Christ introduced by God the Father as He comes up out of the waters of the Jordan.  The Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove fluttering from a torn-open heaven.  God declares that Jesus is His beloved Son, pleasing to Him!

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, We call out to the lost world today in Your Name to hear and receive the simple truth of One true God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Creator of heaven and earth.  Holy Spirit, hover over Your Word and bring light in Jesus Christ.

Mark 1:1,9-11 “The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. . . . .In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan.  And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove.  And a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”

Psalm 19:1  “The heavens declare the glory of  God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.”

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Assurance of eternal life!

Scripture reading for November 25th:  1st John 5, Psalm 97-98, Proverbs 19

Key Scriptures: 1st John 5:11-15 “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  Whoever has the Son has life; Whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.  And it is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” 

John assured his readers of the reality of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.  Salvation was a gift that came by faith alone.  It was a gift of God the Father, coming through the obedience of His only Son, Jesus Christ.  We can have confidence in Jesus Christ.  We can ask God for anything in His will and expect to receive it.  Praise the Lord for confidence in Jesus!  Ask largely and receive gratefully!

Faith Confession:  I am confident of my salvation because I simply and dependently believe on Jesus Christ, Son of God and His finished work on the cross.  I am thankful that I can ask God in His Name for anything in His will!

Psalm 97-11-12 “Light is sown for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to His Holy Name!”

 

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Abiding in God and His Love!

Scripture reading for November 22nd:  1st John 4, Psalm 95-96, Proverbs 18

Key Scriptures:  1st John 4:13-17  “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.  God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as He is so also are we in this world.”  

Believers in Jesus Christ have received the Holy Spirit to live in them and mark them as belonging to God’s eternal family.  This gift of the Holy Spirit has come through faith and confession that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and God’s Son.  Through the Holy Spirit, God’s love is shed abroad in our hearts and we experience His love and presence.  This love and presence of the Holy Spirit gives us confidence as we approach our seeing Jesus and at the Judgment seat of Christ.

Faith Confession:  I have received the Holy Spirit, a gift of God’s grace.  The Spirit abides in me and bears witness that I am God’s child and loved by the Father.  I have confidence on the day of judgment through His indwelling presence.

Proverbs 18:10  “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.”  

 

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The oil of gladness!

Scripture reading for October 14th:  Hebrews 1, Psalm 55, Proverbs 20

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 1:7-9 “Of the angels He says, “He makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.”  But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness, therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”  

The writer of Hebrews extolled the Son of God as God’s final Word from heaven.  The Son was better than angels who were ministering spirits to us the heirs of salvation.  The Son’s throne was forever and His ruling ‘scepter’ was one of righteousness.  His righteousness was a perfect love of truth and a constant hatred of evil.  This earned Him an anointing with the oil of gladness!  Joy comes from perfect obedience!

Faith Confession:  The Son of God, Jesus Christ rules on an eternal throne at the right hand of God the Father.  His throne is established in righteousness according to His perfect obedience to God’s Word.  He loved righteousness and hates evil!  I have joy because I am submitted to His rule!

Psalm 55:22-23 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.  But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days.  But I will trust in You.”

 

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Faith in the face of death!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  John 11, Psalm 79, Proverbs 17

Key Scriptures: John 11:23-27  “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord:  I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.””

Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother had died and been the tomb for four days.  Jesus had purposely delayed coming so that many would believe in Him through the miracle that He would perform by raising him from death.  Martha ran to meet Jesus and Jesus quickly assured her that her brother would rise again.  Mary confessed faith in God’s Word concerning resurrection in the Old Testament.  Jesus went further to state the He alone was the resurrection and the life for all who would believe in Him!  This brought a faith confession!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I believe that You are the Christ, Son of God, and the only source of eternal life and truth.

Proverbs 17:3 “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”  

 

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Lamb of God, Son of God!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  John 1, Psalm 69, Proverbs 7

Key Scriptures: John 1:29, 32-34 “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world! . . . .And John bore witness:  “I saw the Spirit descend from  heaven like a dove and it remained on Him.  I myself did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on Whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.””

When Jesus appeared where His cousin John the Baptist was baptizing, John made a faith declaration concerning Jesus.  John plainly stated that Jesus was the “Lamb of God” who takes away the sins of the world.  He also stated that He would be the One who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and Jesus was the “Son of God.”  John stated that the Father who had sent him had revealed this to him.

Faith confession:  Jesus is the Lamb of God, Son of God, who gave His body and life blood to obtain my forgiveness and allow me to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit.  I hold fast to these truths forever!

Proverbs 7:1-3 “My son, keep My words and treasure up My commandments with you; keep My commandments and live; keep My teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.”  

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Jesus, The Son of God!

Scripture reading for February 28th:  Mark 15, Psalm 43, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  Mark 15:37-39 “And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed His last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And when the centurion, who stood facing Him, saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!””

Soldiers from the Roman army garrison had conducted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and two others and were there guarding the condemned.  Mark records the last cry of Jesus from the cross and the rending of the temple curtain.  The curtain was torn from top to bottom!  But the centurion in charge, an eyewitness, was overcome by the manner in which Jesus breathed His last breath.  He made a faith confession:  “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Faith Confession:  Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God!

Proverbs 12:17  “Whoever speaks the truth give honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit.”  

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Awe at the death of The Son of God

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Matthew 27, Psalm 27, Proverbs 27

Key Scriptures: Matthew 27:51-54 “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs also were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!””

Matthew described the events that took place immediately after Jesus cried out for the last time and gave up His Spirit.  First, the temple veil was torn, from top to bottom revealing the Holy of Holies.  Then there was a great earthquake, shaking rocks to pieces and opening sealed tombs, as well as a resurrection of saints from those tombs who showed themselves to many in the city.  The centurion and troops overseeing the crucifixion saw these events and made a faith confession:  “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Faith’s confession:  I believe that the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, opened the way for me to experience the presence of God.  I have a down payment now with the Holy Spirit in me but will fully experience Jesus at the resurrection and rapture.

Proverbs 27:12  “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

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