Morning Devotion: What’s the difference?
Fundamental means basics. As believers we have some fundamentals that govern our core beliefs.
The first fundamental truth is that Jesus was born of a virgin. If that did not happen, we are lost. Jesus is God’s perfect, sinless atonement for our sins. Being born of a virgin he did not have the original sin of Adam for He was born of God. (Go back to the devotions for Nov. 8 and 9 for the dissertation on that.)
Recap a few verses: Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
David said: Psalms 51:5 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
The truth is that you and I were born with Adam’s sin, as a result we are sinners. Sinners cannot make themselves good enough for heaven. Everything they do will be tainted with sin. That is the very reason we need the sinless, virgin born Savior.
Job 14:4 Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one.
You cannot save yourself, not by good deeds or religious works. Every effort will be tainted with your sin.
The second fundamental of the believer is the deity of Jesus Christ. Jesus was not only born of a virgin He is God, very God, in the flesh.
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.
The bible explains that quite clearly in 1 Timothy 3:16 “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
Again, we see that in Titus 2:11 as believers are taught to live righteously until God/Jesus returns. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Even Isaiah teaches there is no other Saviour. Isaiah 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
Jesus is the savior. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The child that was born in a manger is God in the flesh. Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Now you know, Jehovah God made Himself flesh, born of a virgin without man’s sinful nature, so that you might be saved. That is God, that is love. This truth puts a new light on John 3:16.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Everyone must realize that Jesus is God in the flesh, born of a virgin to save man’s soul. Are you saved?
Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
The choice is still yours,