Born By The Virgin-Birth, Conceived By The Holy Spirit

Matthew 1:18-21 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.  

But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

The name “Jesus” is a Greek name that comes from the Hebrew (Yeshua) which means: ‘The Lord Saves!’ The Angel of the LORD was explaining to Joseph that Mary is righteous, she is a virgin and what is conceived in her is not from man but from God.  And the reason for this Joseph, “He (Lord Jesus Christ) will save His people from their sins.”

This explains how Jesus Christ came into this world by the virgin birth in the flesh (with flesh and bone just like us, through Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit. So that Makes Jesus Christ 100% Son of God in the flesh). And He came to die for the sins of all humanity, for those who believe! He didn’t die for all humanity (in a “universalistic” notion or idea) that all humanity are now clean without repentance. Without coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Died For The Remission of Sins

Romans chapter 3 describes why Jesus Christ had to come to earth to die on the cross. It tells us that all humanity are all guilty under sins. No one is righteous. No one is good on face of this whole earth. All are guilty under sins because what Adam and Eve had done (Genesis3).

We are all born into the adamic sin nature because of their deliberate rebellion against God. thus, Adam and Eve caused sin, death (physical and spiritual death/separation from God) and eternal damnation to come into this world. And since we all descend from Adam and Eve, all are guilty before God of their sins, transgressions, and iniquities

Romans 3:9-31 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands. There is none who seeks after God.  They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable;

There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips;”“Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed   blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.” There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

And because Adam and Eve sinned against God deliberately, made a conscious decision to sin against the one commandment that God told them not to commit, and they did. Therefore, satan also became ruler on this earth (Matthew 4:8-9). Stole authority from Adam and Eve to reign on this earth through sin and death

To Save, Justify And Redeem

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 

But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;”

Even the law and the Prophet’s testifies in the Old Testament that Jesus Christ IS THE Messiah! Jesus Christ IS THE Sacrificial Lamb of God that the law required in order for sins to be atoned for! Jesus Christ’s precious blood sacrifice, atones and justifies past sins of those who believe.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

You must have faith in Jesus Christ in order to be saved, to be delivered from all sins and set free from the bondage and slavery of sins. That’s why Jesus came to die on the cross to set us free from the bondage and wages of our sins which is death, both physically and spiritually.

Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.”

To Reconcile Us To God His Father

The Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross to also reconcile Christians to God His Father. Because Jesus Christ is the Ministry of reconcilation

Romans 5:6-10 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

You see, not only has Jesus Christ come to atone our sins through His shed blood at the cross for the remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22). But also to reconcile us to God His Father. Because sin separates us from God, severs our communion line with God and Jesus Christ came to restore that which is lost. That’s why He proclaimed boldly this truth, “I Am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)

While we were still in our sins, we were dead to Jesus Christ and dead to God. We are not naturally “spiritual,” yet pagans will preach the opposite. We are not naturally spiritual because naturally we are dead to Jesus Christ and dead to God the Father because of sin and the sin nature. But until sinners realize the purpose of Jesus Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension, we are spiritually dead naturally to God and alive to sin.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift (Grace) of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Raised From The Dead & The Promised Holy Spirit

When a sinner repents from sinning and surrenders completely over to Jesus Christ, He’ll give us His promised Holy Spirit. Therefore as we repent from sinning, He’ll raise us from the dead (spiritually) to a new life in Jesus Christ. And when that happens (that’s being born-again), we become dead to sin and alive to Jesus Christ. That’s what He came to die for, to be the Sacrificial Lamb of God, to restore that which is lost.

Jesus Christ not only died on the cross but He also raised From the dead on the 3rd day. This seal’s the promise that He has testified to us in this very fact of the Gospel message to be absolute truth.

Acts 1:1-5 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering (death on the cross) by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

Jesus Christ raised from the dead and appeared to His disciples for 40 days and taught them the kingdom of God through the Scriptures of the Old Testament. Explaining to them why He came to this earth to begin with.

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Before Jesus Christ went to the cross, He promised His disciples that He will baptize them in the Holy Spirit. Why is that significant? John 14 tells us why, because this is where He promised this:

John 14:14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you foreverthe Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

This promise is called being “born-again.” Once you given your heart and life, surrendering to God with all your mind, your heart, body and your soul at the altar of Jesus Christ, which is metaphorically speaking the cross (to crucify the deeds of the sinful flesh) and turn away from sinning. Therefore He will give you the promised Holy Spirit to be born-again…Why?

First off, you cannot understand the Holy Scriptures without being born-again. As long as you are dead to Jesus Christ and alive to sin you’ll never understand the Holy Bible because it is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:10-16)! Remember, we are all spiritually dead naturally because of our sins. And the second reason, no one can live a righteous and holy life according to the standards of the Holy Bible without the Holy Spirit.

Until Jesus Christ washes away your past sins and justifies you when you come full-heartedly to Him, after that, He will give you the promised Holy Spirit in order to be born-again, being dead to sin and alive to Christ.

Acts 1:6-8 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

And so what’s the point of the resurrection? 1 Corinthians 15:12-17 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 

Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!”

We know He has risen from the dead and ascended back into Heaven because, further evidence tells us He did with the testimony of the Holy Spirit after being seen by many. And will come back to earth again, and every eye will see Him (Revelation 1:7)

The Ascension of Jesus Christ

Acts 1:9-11 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.

Prior to Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, He revealed to His disciples, in order to receive the Holy Spirit, He must go away, referring to His own death, resurrections and ascension, John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 

This is how we know He made it back into Heaven and what He said is the truth because the beginning of the fulfillment of this promise began on the day of Pentecost 10 days after His ascension, the total of 50 days after His resurrection.

Further evidence that He made it back into Heaven, is while Stephen was being stoned to death, after ministering the Gospel to the Pharisee and Sadducee’s, He saw the Heavens opened and Jesus Christ standing at the right hand of God,

Acts 7:55-58 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.”

Do You Believe?

If you do, then commit your life to the Lord Jesus Christ and then you can be His true disciple and child of God. Here’s the promise once you have committed and submit your heart and life over completely to Jesus Christ making Him Lord of your life, He will forgive you of all our sins as long as we don’t commit those sins again or turn back from Him and turn back into the world.

He sees our hearts, the motives of our hearts and when we are truly committed to Him, He will give us His Holy Spirit in order to be born-again (dead to sin and alive to Jesus Christ). Therefore, this is the life He expects us to live in Jesus Christ our Lord:

Romans 8:1-17 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

And anyone who is born-again, wants to please God, wants to have a relationship with God, why? Because we desire that! This desire is from within the heart, why? Because the Holy Spirit lives in the heart. That’s another great reason why Jesus came to die on the cross, to also give us the promised Holy Spirit to help us live this life holy to please God in faith (John 14;15;16). That’s why we have to learn how to walk in the Spirit of God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus fromBlood Of The Lamb the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.  

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

You see, we are required to live a godly, holy and righteous life as born-again Christians!