"God Was Manifest in the
The Person of Christ is of central importance.
"Justified in the Spirit"
He is no less than absolute deity since taking on the
form of flesh through the virgin Birth than before.
Only the sinless Son of God could offer Himself
as the perfect, sacrificial substitute to bear the
eternal judgment due the sinner. The Son of
God came to die so that we, through faith in the
power of His shed blood, might live!
All that Christ did in His earthly ministry was
"Seen of Angels"
performed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The
Spirit was given unto Him without limit (John
3:34). Every action, miracle, word, desire and
thought were in perfect agreement with His
Father's will. Subsequent generations of believ-
ers would learn by His example the importance
of the indwelling Spirit's ministry.
The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ was a won-
derful and marvellous event to the angels. Their
Creator was coming to dwell among them. The
joyous exaltation of the angelic host at His birth
and their deep interest in all things pertaining to
"Preached Unto the
His earthly ministry reveal an attitude we would
do well to emulate (Luke 2:7-14). All glory and
praise are due the Son!
Much of the Scripture dealing with the first
"Believed on in the World"
advent of Christ has to do with promises made
to Israel that will be fulfilled when He returns to
set up His millennial kingdom. But we thank
God for the glorious Gospel of salvation by
grace through faith offered to Jew and Gentile
alike NOW! Because Jesus Christ came, "who-
soever will" may come and partake of the water
of life freely (Revelation 22:17).
This is a crucial point of the message. Not all
who "celebrate Christmas" are at peace with
God. Only those who have received by faith the
Biblical testimony of Christ's eternal Person
and His perfect and finished Work on Calvary's
cross, and have believed on Him for their salva-
tion, can rightfully call God their Heavenly
Father and claim the promise of everlasting