15th December 2016

Conceived by the Holy Spirit 

“The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God’”
Luke 1:35 (NIV)

Before the trek of time began, which saw the heavens unfold and earth acquire its form[1]; the eternal Son, through the Spirit, did determine that limitation which, as Christ, he would, in time, assume[2]. Thus, foreordained of the Father and through the Spirit, the Son so fashioned and ordered the material realm[3] to this very purpose; that, at the time appointed, he would enter the terrene sphere of his own formation, to redeem it from the corruption of sin, under whose power it was destined to fall[4].

When our beloved Saviour, through the eternal Spirit, came into the world, he took to himself the flesh of Adam[5], whose body and coessential spirit, once the apex and crown of that expansive and delightful creation, is of itself, by that one man’s sin[6], become both gaol and gaoler, sin’s slavish servant[7], the cold custodian of man’s ruin. Of this flesh, so foully fallen, the Holy Spirit prepared a body of mortal habitation[8], which body the eternal Son took to himself, who alone can confront and reverse the sinful course.

And it came to pass that a chaste and comely maiden, the chosen daughter of Zion[9], cloaked in the innocence of youth and the childlike obedience of her faith, submitted to God’s design for her[10] and the Holy Spirit moved over this virgin territory, to quicken the substance which he takes from fallen man, to support, empower and sanctify. It is to this human soul, thus anointed of the Spirit, that the eternal Son, at the behest of the Father, humbled himself[11].

Here, in the womb of Mary, do two natures conjoin, the divine and the human. So, the Holy One who proceeds from Heaven, whom the Father in his mercy sends, to be born of sinful flesh[12], shall be called the Christ, Son of God and Son of Man[13]. By this incarnation is man’s face turned back to God, in loving obedience of the Son, who, in corporeal life, will so effect the Father’s will to this end.

Prayer
Loving Father, we rejoice in the celebration of the birth of Jesus, your beloved Son, by whose life, death and resurrection, our salvation is assured. Help us as we progress in our new life in the Spirit, whereby we are empowered, through faith in Christ, to worship you in Spirit and in truth.
Amen
 

Study by Richard Dempsey

[1] Genesis 1:1
[2] 1 Peter 1:20
[3] John 1:3
[4] Romans 8:20
[5] John 1:14
[6] Romans 5:12
[7] Romans 7:14
[8] Hebrews 10:5
[9] Luke 1:28; Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14
[10] Luke 1:38
[11] Philippians 2:7
[12] Romans 8:3
[13] Matthew 16:16; John 3:13; Mark 14:62; Luke 1:35

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richarddempseyAbout the Author:
Richard Dempsey is an Elder in the Peterborough congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Peterborough
Farcet Village Hall
Main Street
Farcet
PETERBOROUGH PE7 3AN

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2 pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Alan Quinn
Email: quinnsatfarcet@aol.com

 

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