The Promise of Christ’s First Coming
Introduction: The fact of the birth of Jesus Christ was assured by the promise of God. But His coming in human flesh was preceded by His preexistence and the many promises/ prophecies found in the Old Testament. When these were fulfilled, He came.
HIS PREEXISTENCE SECURES THE PROMISE
Jesus Christ was possessed
(“being with Him and
in Him; to make use of Him”)
God for His own purposes, and to fulfilled His own plans.
1. Jesus Christ is the outworking of God, or His agent to accomplish God’s goals. His coming was in the purpose of God to reveal the Father, and to accomplish salvation.
Jesus Christ is the mighty God.
1. Jesus Christ is the powerful God, capable of accomplishing any task that He determines. His coming was assured by God’s promise of a supernatural being, which only Christ had the power to fulfill.
Jesus Christ is the everlasting Father
1. “Jesus Christ is
not the Father, but the Son and the Father are One, and the Father is in
Him, and He is in the Father, and he that has seen the One has seen the
Other, and yet They are distinct.” This term seems to apply especially to
acts of Christ
in creation and regeneration (see A.).
Christ’s goings forth
(“origin; place of going out from”)
have been from old.
1. His work did not begin at His birth, but from eternity past He was active in the redemptive plan of God for His people. His going forth assured His coming.
Christ had no beginning, but in the beginning was with God and was God.
1. Though Jesus came
as a man, He was ever the eternal God.
Jesus Christ made everything that was made
1. Since Christ was the active Agent of God’s will, He had to be before everything, existing and creating as the Son of God. 2. Christ was the originator of life, which was to be the Light of men. His coming was assured since that Light had to shine in darkenss.
Jesus Christ existed as the eternal, ever present, self-existent Jehovah.
patriarch Abraham was born, Jesus Christ was the eternal God (“I Am”). He
always existed as the great I Am.
Jesus Christ was with the Father before the world was created.
1. Jesus Christ was
co-equal and co-eternal with the Father.
before “everything else,” and “everything else” consists
(“to be brought together, to stand, to unite parts into one whole, to be
because of Him.
1. The Son was in
existence before anything else existed.
Jesus Christ is unchanging and unchangeable.
is an attribute of God ascribed to Jesus Christ. He is
eternity past to eternity future.
Jesus Christ is the I Am
who is the Word
the complete expression of truth and the totality of all things
the One who began all things and will end all things
the One who is now, was then, and is to come
the Almighty God
1. Jesus Christ is
all in all as the:
Concl.: In what regard or area was Jesus Christ not prepared to come? In what sense was His power and ability lacking to effect His birth? Was He not fully capable of performing exactly the will of the Father in His assumption of human flesh in order to live the perfect life, and to die the sacrificial death? His preexistence proved and provided His coming.
II. THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES REVEAL THE PROMISE
He would come as the seed of the Jewish race
C. He would come as the Son of God (Ps. 2:7; Prov. 30:4>Matt. 1:21,23; 3:17; Lk. 1:34,35)
He would come as a sign from God (Isa. 7:14>Matt. 1:18,20,21,23; Lk.
He would come as the God Man (Isa. 9:6>Matt. 1:18,20,21,23; Lk. 2:11)
F. He would come as the heir of David’s kingly throne (2 Sam. 7:12; Isa. 9:7>Matt. 1:1; Lk. 1:32,33)
G. He would come at Bethlehem (“house of bread”) (Micah 5:2>Lk. 2:4)
H. He would come in the fulness of the time (Dan. 9:25>Lk. 2:1,2)
THE NEW TESTAMENT GOSPELS CONFIRM HIS COMING
B. His birth fulfilled all O.T. prophecy (Matt. 1:21,22; Lk. 1:27)
C. The Holy Spirit was His “Father” (Matt. 1:18,20; Lk. 1:35)
D. He was born of a virgin (Matt. 1:16,18,20,21,23,25; Lk. 1:34; 2:7)
E. He was God come in the flesh (Matt. 1:23)
F. He was the promised Messiah (Matt. 1:21)
G. He was born a king (Matt. 2:2; Lk. 1:32,33)
H. He was announced by angels (Lk. 2:13,14)
The Promise of Christ’s Coming Filled-Full by God!
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