Morning Devotion:

What is the difference? Today, we are going to start a series on the basics of what we believe.

There are a lot of beliefs out there concerning faith. How to be saved, when to be saved, what does one believe or rely on for salvation.

Many times, in my ministry I have been called a fundamentalist. I have been accused of being fundamental. Years ago, I was talking to a pastor and he asked me how my hair was cut. I said it was cut like Oliver North’s hair. He asked me if I wore wire rim glasses, at that time I wore no glasses. He asked me if I had facial hair, at that time I did not. He was then satisfied I was a fundamentalist. Is that the definition of fundamentalism? What is a fundamentalist?

When I was in high school, I joined the wrestling team. Mr. Mac the coach taught that we must learn the fundamentals of wrestling to become a good wrestler. He was referring to the basics of the sport.

The fundamental part of living is a beating heart, without the heart there is no life. The fundamental part of a beating heart is oxygen, without oxygen the heart does not beat.

There are fundamentals in the bible as well.

Today we will look at one. We believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Why is that so important? It is important because of the blood line of man. The blood line of any person alive is always through the man, that is a medical truth.

All of us are of one blood, it doesn’t matter what color you are or from what ethnicity you come from or what country you come from. We are all one blood in Adam.

Acts 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

Adam was the first father of all living people on earth.  

When Adam sinned in the garden by eating the forbidden fruit, he became a sinner, as a result all of his offspring, that is you and I, were born sinners.

Romans 5:12  Wherefore, as by one man (ADAM) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

The day Adam ate that fruit he died spiritually and physically, he died years later.

Genesis 2:16  And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17  But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Everyone of us will die some day, that is if Jesus does not return to rapture us.

Hebrews 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

You will die because of the sinful nature you posses given to you from Adam. The question is where will you spend eternity once you do die?

The answer is in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.

God prophesied to Adam and Eve that only though the virgin birth could one every be saved.

Genesis 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

A woman does not have the seed, the man does, the woman has the egg. In Genesis 3:15, God declared that the woman would have the seed, meaning a virgin would bear a child.

That was fulfilled in Luke 1:35  And 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.

Jesus did not have the bloodline of Adam. He had a Godly blood line. As a result, he had no sin. He was born without a sin nature. You and I have the sin nature from Adam, Jesus did not.

Now you know why Jesus could pay for your sins and my sins on the cross of calvary. He did not have to pay for His own sins, he paid for yours instead.

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

2 Corinthians 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is of the greatest importance, it is a fundamental part of our faith. If one does not believe in that great truth, they are without hope.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12  ¶For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook