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The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ: The Work of the Holy Spirit part

In Jesus, The Holy Spiirt on April 19, 2012 at 8:00 am

The origin of this great scheme of salvation is ascribed to God the Father. He loved the world,—sent His Son,—prepared the way for His coming,—enabled Him to finish His work on earth,—engaged that some should believe on Him, —age after age, and that, at length, He should be exalted to ” sit with the Father on His throne,” as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

The accomplishment of our salvation, by His personal humiliation, obedience, death, is the office of the Lord Jesus Christ. That work He has already finished; therefore, the Scriptures assure us that ” God hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil.2: 9-11.  It is the office of the Holy Spirit both to prepare Christ for this work, and also to bring the souls of sinners into living union with Him, so as to be saved in and by Christ for ever. It is in connection with these offices of Father, Son, and Spirit, it is repeated, that the Mystery of the Trinity is revealed. We consider, then, the Holy Spirit in relation to Christ.

It was the work of the Holy Spirit to form the sinless human nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the Scripture doctrine of immaculate conception. Since Adam fell, only one being ever trod this earth,—holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners,—not the Virgin Mary,—but her Divine Offspring. It was needful for our redemption that the Saviour should become man; but, not man tainted with original sin,—not corrupted with evil desires as we are,—not dead to God, and truth, and eternity like ourselves, from early life yielding to temptation and sin. No, — He must have a human birth, but not to inherit human depravity. He must belong to our nature so as to share its sorrows, while He has no participation in its indwelling evils,—man, to sympathize and to suffer, but not man, to feel sin working and warring within Him as we do. He must be one with us, in all the afflictions, sorrows, and penalties of our sin, but not one with us in any of our sinful propensities or hereditary corruptions.

That Christ’s body might be like ours, as to its organization and sympathies, it was formed of the substance of the Virgin Mary, His human mother: but that His body might be sinless, and thus unlike ours, it was created by the power of the Holy Ghost.  By the operation of the Holy Spirit, God has provided a Saviour,—perfect and immaculate, without the taint of original sin, or the least propensity to evil. He felt our infirmities, as hunger, weariness, pain; he had no disease that we ever read of; his body was human, but perfect; and his human soul as full of love, gentleness, goodness, patience, as perfection itself could make Him.  But, besides being perfect in Himself, “the Spirit of the Lord rested upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, and made Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord;” all which St. John had in view when he describes Him as ” full of grace and truth.”

The human body of the Saviour grew as other children; so also the graces of the Spirit advanced and ripened. The child Jesus grew, and waxed strong in the Spirit.” These graces of the Spirit became stronger by exercise; so that, as years passed on, He increased in wisdom, as well as in stature, in favor with God as well as in favor with men. This is seen in the instructive incident of the Lord, when twelve years old, conversing with the doctors in the Temple; who, it is said, “were astonished at His understanding and His answers.” Thus the Divine Saviour is the perfect example of piety in childhood and youth.

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