"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega .. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, .. they .. have right to the tree of life, and .. enter .. the city."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
'God the Father' and 'the Holy Ghost' have created a body in Virgin Mary. The Soul (the Word) left Omnipotent Spirit body, entered flesh body in Mary, and became man. God was not the father of the baby, but he was the creator of a body for the baby. "The Word was made flesh."
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This is: the declaration of Faith #8. The bible says, "The Word was made flesh." How was it made? Usually Christians say that God became a man. The bible does not say that, and it cannot happen. But the bible says that God the Word was made flesh, who was the man Jesus. So, it happened. It is a puzzle. Then, theologians come up with saying, that God did not become just a man, but he was 100% God and 100% man, at the same time. Let us study this from the scripture.
In declaration #3, we studied that God made the soul of man in the exact same image of the soul of God. Soul is the true person, who holds the character attributes. But the body holds the power attributes and the identity. Godís body is omni-power Spirit. His power and identity are in his Spirit. Please listen to this point carefully. If God is God, because of his soul, we will also be God, because we have the same soul as his. But, God is God because of his body, he alone will be God because, he alone is the omni-power Spirit and no one else. What is omni-power. It is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Example of omnipotence is that God has created atoms, (the smallest thing that we cannot even see, but they are powerful), and the entire universe, that we cannot even comprehend, including sun, moon, and stars. There is nothing impossible to him. Omnipresence is that he fills the entire universe always. Omniscience is, he knows everything, including what you will think at the end of your life and why you think that way. Nobody else has it and that is why he is God. So, God is God because of his one and only omnipotent Spirit. If we know the Biblical understanding of this basic principle of who God is, we will not be confused.
Now let us see. God is soul and Spirit. He has three souls and one omnipotent Spirit. Man is soul and flesh. The soul of God and the soul of man are the same, because God made it that way. The difference is the body. So, if one of the souls of God wants to become a man, the soul should come out of the omnipotent Spirit body and get into the flesh body of man. That is exactly what Jesus Christ has done. "Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 Ö 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (Ö) to do thy will, O God." God the Word told God the Father to prepare a body for him to come to the world to do his will. So, God the Father sent angel Gabriel to Virgin Mary. "Luke 1:26 ... the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary." Angel Gabriel told Mary that she will get pregnant and deliver a son, he asked her to call him Jesus, and said that he will be called the Son of the Highest. She asked Gabriel how it is possible. The angel described it to her. "Luke 1:35 the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." This is one of the most misunderstood scripture verses in the Bible. "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:" This portion of scripture is understood, interpreted and preached as if, God and Holy Ghost were on top of Mary and made her pregnant. The next portion of the scripture is; "therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." It confirms their preaching. Now, let me turn to Matthew 1: "18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Ö 20 ... the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:" Again from these verses, it is very easy to conclude that the Holy Ghost and God the Father, are the fathers of the baby; or, simply, God is the father.
In one way, I hesitate to blame the bible teachers. However, if they paid attention to the fact that Jesus asked God the Father to make a body for him, then, their understanding could have been entirely a different. It is creating a body in the womb of the virgin, and to keep her virginity by all cost. So, God became the creator of the body of the baby. He did not become the father of the baby. Godís power overshadowed her for creation and Mary was still a virgin. That is why, God insists that we must study the wholesome word, by the revelation of God, so that we may not teach errors.
Okay, the body was created in
the womb of Mary. She was still a virgin, and was until the birth of the child.
Jesus was born to the virgin. Even God and the Holy Ghost did not break her
virginity. Now, she has a body in her womb. One of the three souls in God the
the Word, stepped out of the omnipotent Spirit body and entered in the flesh
body. Now, virgin Mary is with child. "Philippians 2:6
being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7
made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was
made in the likeness of men:" As he
became a man, he ceased to be God, he let go the equal status with God, did not
keep the reputation, he became servant to God, he served men also, and he
accepted the body that is in the likeness of men. Before he was God the Word
when he was in the omnipotent Spirit body. Now he was man, since he is in the
flesh body of a man. He is not omnipotent anymore and so he is not God anymore.
John 1:14 says,
Word was made flesh." Jesus
was a man. Thank you for listening. God bless you. May
his presence go with you. Amen.
Thank you for listening. God bless you. May his presence go with you. Amen.
When 'God the Word' was made a Man, he was made in a sinful flesh. "Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" However, Jesus lived without committing any sin. Even he challenged his enemies if they could find sin in him, and they could not. He lived a sinless life with a sinful body of flesh. "John 8:45 And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. 46 Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?"
You may study this topic from this lesson with details on this link: "Virgin Mary Conceived." Thank you.
God Bless You