Category Archives: incarnation

Immanuel: God with Us!

“As a natural phenomenon the virgin birth is unbelievable; only as a miracle, only when its profound meaning is recognized, can it be accepted as a fact.” (J. G. Machen, The Virgin Birth of Christ, pp. 217–218).

“While Matthew presents the quotation [Isaiah 7:14] as his own editorial comment rather than as part of the angel’s message to Joseph, he expects his reader to incorporate this scriptural authentication for Mary’s unique experience into their understanding of why Joseph changed his mind.” (R. T. France, The Gospel of Matthew, p. 48).

“Christ saves, he delivers us from sins. This deliverance consists of two parts. Having made a complete atonement, he brings us a free pardon, which delivers us from condemnation to death, and reconciles us to God. Again, by the sanctifying influences of his Spirit, he frees us from the tyranny of Satan, that we may live ‘unto righteousness,’ (2 Peter 2:24).” (John Calvin, Commentary on the Gospels at Matthew 1:21).

Quotes from the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Born in the Flesh

glory_18028c“We have, in these verses, the story of a birth—the birth of the incarnate Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Every birth of a living child is a mar­velous event. It brings into the world a soul that will never die. But never since the world began was a birth so marvelous as the birth of Christ. In it­self it was a miracle: ‘God was mani­fested in the flesh.” (2 Tim. iii:16.) The blessings it brought into the world were unspeakable—it opened to man the door of everlasting life.” (J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Vol. 2, p. 49).

“The infinite became the fi­nite, the eternal and supratemporal entered time and became subject to its conditions, the immutable became the mutable, the in­visible became the visible, the Creator became the cre­ated, the sustainer of all be­came dependent, the Almighty infirm. All is summed up in the proposi­tion, God became man.” (“The Person of Christ,” Col­lected Writings of John Mur­ray, Vol. 2, p.132).

The 101 Bible Study looks at Luke 2:1–20 in the light of Isaiah 9:1–7.

It’s Time!

holly_4399c“[H]istory has awaited the arrival of this Son, because no prior son had put or had even been able to put an end to the law’s condemning curse. . . . This Son-sending, as the New Testament underscores, happens according to divine orchestration: God appointed the right timing of his birth, life, death resurrection, and exaltation (cf. Rom. 5:6).” (David B. Gardner, Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ, pages 91−92.).

“[W]e are not looking for a teacher and example. We are looking for a Saviour. And a purely human, a merely natural, as distinguished from a supernatural, Christ can never be our Savior. . . . We have such a Saviour presented to us in the Gospels, a Saviour who is not merely man but God. The really difficult thing is to believe that such a Saviour really entered into this world. It is a very blessed thing, but it is certainly not a trivial thing. It is not one of those trivial things that are so easy to believe because they occur every day. It is certainly not a thing that can be believed without a mighty revolution in all a man’s thinking and all a man’s life.” (J. Gresham Machen, The Christian Faith in the Modern World, p. 190).

“Any one who reads the New Testament with the humility of believing devotion and therefore with the reverence begotten of faith must be overcome again and again with the mystery that surrounds the person and work of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As understanding expands and as reverent inquiry seeks to push further and deeper there grows upon the believer the marvel of the Saviour’s person and work.” (“The Redeemer of God’s Elect,” Collected Writings of John Murray, Vol. 1, p. 30).

Quotes used in the Reflection on Galatians 4:4-5 for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC

Seeing the God you Cannot See

Jn0114“As Christ reveals the Father in virtue of a most direct and an uninterrupted vision of Him, and not in result of isolated communications, so Moses, though to a lower degree, stands nearer to God, and is more in all that he speaks and does the mouthpiece of God than any subsequent prophet.” (Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology, p. 120).
“Yahweh’s self-proclamation sets out in brilliant focus the the character of the covenant-making and -keeping God. As in covenant making, the suzerain would, as a rule, introduce himself. Yahweh does this in a beautiful, unforgettable manner as he begins to reconfirm his covenant with the people who had been involved in idolatrous worship.” (Gerard Van Groningen, From Creation to Consummation, p. 372).

Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.