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Responses to the Birth of Christ

In Matthew 1:18-25 we have the record of the virgin birth of Christ. In 2:1-18 we see responses to the news of His birth from both Jews and Gentiles. 
Please read Matthew 2:1-18

The events in this passage take place AFTER the birth of Christ. Based on nativity scenes and Christmas carols most think that three wise men presented their gifts to baby Jesus on the night of His birth. However, by the time the wise men found Jesus He was a young child in a house, not a baby in a manger (2:11). As much as two years could have elapsed between the birth of Christ and the visit of the wise men (2:16). The passage does not say there were three wise men. They presented three kinds of gifts but there was likely much more than just three men in their entourage. Why does it matter? If it’s in the Bible it matters! I don’t think we should go on a campaign against traditional nativity scenes. I appreciate any attempts that people make today in this antichrist culture to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. Howe…

The Conflict of the Ages

The first prophecy concerning the incarnation of Christ was given by God directly to Satan right after the fall of man. 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. Here the doom of the devil and the hope of mankind are proclaimed. One of the key words in this verse is "enmity" (a state of conflict). This prophecy announces the conflict of the ages and provides and explanation for all the bloodshed and war down through history. There are basically 4 parts to this prophecy:

1. Enmity between the serpent (satan) and the woman - Whereas the woman had listened to the serpent and was beguiled by him, there will now be enmity between them. This reaches beyond Eve or women in general and points to the enmity that will exist between Satan and Israel (Rev. 12:13) which will climax in the great tribulation.

2. Enmity between the seed of the serpent and the woman - The "seed…

Old-Time Religion?

Job 22: 15 Hast thou marked THE OLD WAY which wicked men have trodden? Galatians 1: 13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' RELIGION, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: 14 And profited in the Jew's RELIGION above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the TRADITIONS OF MY FATHERS. We often hear cries from "IFB" preachers (or is it FBI? After all, many of them are busybodies in other men's matters) about the need to stick with "The Old-Time Religion". The way this cliché gets worn out with use in certain circles you would think it was an actual admonition in the word of God. But... its not. First of all, just because something is old does not mean that it is good and right. The devil is pretty old. The Roman Catholic Church is old. The so-called "oldest and best manuscripts" (Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Vaticans) are corrupt. The religious traditions of men ca…

One Thing

We often allow our lives to become cluttered and complicated. Our list of priorities is made up of many things and we usually end up neglecting what is most important in order to accomplish the lesser things. It's best to set one thing as the priority in life and then let everything else just fall into place as we pursue that one main thing. In other words, our whole life should revolve around just one thing. For many, their life does revolve around one thing, but it's the wrong thing- SELF (2 Tim. 3:2). The Christian life must be all about Christ. He is not to be just part of our life for He is our life (Col. 3:4)!

Let's consider four passages in the Bible that refer to “one thing”. They are about four distinct things but they are related and concern one main thing: our relationship with the Lord.

One Thing I Know
John 9:
(24) Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
(25) He answered and said, Wh…

Repentance

2 Peter 3:9 (9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
It is not my purpose to expound this verse or deal with it's context. I just want to point out that it clearly teaches it is God's will that all should come to repentance and that those who don't will perish. Obviously, repentance is a very important matter that we must understand! It is mentioned over 100 times throughout the Bible. We will not look at all the references, but just enough to establish what it is and answer the question of whether or not it is necessary to repent in order to receive salvation. 

Down through church history repentance has been a controversial subject because of the different views that teachers and preachers have taken concerning it. There is even disagreement concerning its basic definition. The catholic view is that repentance is penance (afflic…