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Christmas

Today we celebrate the birth of the most truly unique person that was ever born. It was the birth of Jesus Christ, the God-man who had no human father. He was equal with God the Father but lowered Himself by taking on the human form.

Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.   9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phillipians 2: 5-10)

Jesus wasn’t just God in human form; He was fully God and fully man. Why is this significant?

  • First, as a man without sin, He died for the sins of all that believe in Him.
  • Second, as God, He rules over all things.
  • Third, He delegates His authority to all true believers. They are instructed to:

 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.   19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.   Amen. (Matthew 28: 18-20) 

Cod’s people are here charged with two tasks:

  • First, to teach the gospel and baptize those that believe.
  • Second, to so instruct the new believers that they are able and become teachers of God’s Law to others.
  • The intended result was exponential growth toward an early Christian world.

Sadly, due to much false teaching, the second task here has been seriously neglected for the past century. God’s people have been following false teachers far too long. They need to obey both of these commandments, not just the first one.

Partial obedience is a form of disobedience. We must put this false teaching behind us and get back to true obedience. The world is waiting for God’s people to wake up and get back to the work Jesus assigned them 2,000 years ago. He will not return one day before we’ve completed our work. The generation that does so can celebrate a truly Merry Christmas in a totally Christian world.

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