WHEN, HOW AND WHY GOD SENT HIS SON

 

 1. In Gal 4:4‑7, three facts about

the incarnation of our Lord are

emphesised.

 

2. In Matt 1:25‑2:1, Luke 2:7 and

John 1:1 & 14 we have the historical account

of the incarnation.

 

These accounts are in no way

contradictory, they supplement one

another. and must be taken together to

get the complete view of our Lord's

birth.

 

The apostle Paul gives us a doctrinal

explanation of the Lord's birth or

incarnation.

 

Let us notice three lines of truth

emphesised in the scripture tonight.

 

I. THE TIME OF THE INCARNATION: WHEN GOD

   SENT HIS SON

 

Matt 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in

Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod

the king, behold, there came wise men

from the east to Jerusalem,

 

We know by our calendars that it has

been over 1900 years since god sent his

Son.

 

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time

was come, God sent forth his Son, made

of a woman, made under the law,

 

But God says it was in the fulness of

time.

 

From Genesis chapters 1 & 2, we can see

that god is working to a time table in

creating and in all his creation.

 

Everything is done to a plan, there is

order and method t all God's work.

 

This is especially true of God's work of

redemption, which involved the sending

forth of his Son in the likeness of the

sinful flesh.

 

Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without

strength, in due time Christ died for

the ungodly.

 

Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost

was fully come, they were all with one

accord in one place.

 

John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman,

what have I to do with thee? mine hour

is not yet come.

 

John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman,

believe me, the hour cometh, when ye

shall neither in this mountain, nor yet

at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

 

John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto

you, The hour is coming, and now is,

when the dead shall hear the voice of

the Son of God: and they that hear shall

live.

 

John 7:6 Then Jesus said unto them, My

time is not yet come: but your time is

alway ready.

 

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the

passover, when Jesus knew that his hour

was come that he should depart out of

this world unto the Father, having loved

his own which were in the world, he

loved them unto the end.

 

God has appointed the time of christ

birth and the time of His death.

 

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the

earth shall worship him, whose names are

not written in the book of life of the

Lamb slain from the foundation of the

world.

 

Gen 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.

 

Humanly speaking Jesus came just at the

right time.

 

 

The world was ready

morally,socially,politically,religiously,

and nationally.

 

God is still working to a time table!

 

II. THE NATURE OF THE INCARNATION:HOW

    GOD SENT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD

 

This is revealed in three expression in

Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time

was come, God sent forth his Son, made

of a woman, made under the law,

 

1) God sent forth his son

   God was the prime mover John 3:16

 

The coming of the Lord was voluntary

 

Ps 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the

volume of the book it is written of me,

 

The pre‑existance of Christ is implied

for He had to come from somewhere

 

Isa 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.

 

 

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father,

and am come into the world: again, I

leave the world, and go to the Father.

 

2) Made or born of a woman

 

Gen 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.

 

When He came Deity was clothed with

humanity, for He was the God‑man

 

He was not the man who became God

but God who became man.

 

If Jesus were but a mere man it would be

foolish to say "he was made of a woman"

for how else can anyone come into this

world except by being made or born of a

woman.

 

The very fact that this statement was made

declares that Jesus was unique in His

Person and in the method of his birth.

 

3) "Made under the law" in the days of

His flesh the Lord was subject to:

 

  a) The Ceremonial Law

He was circumcised and presented at the

temple. He worshipped in the temple and

He attended feast at the temple

 

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were

accomplished for the circumcising of the

child, his name was called JESUS, which

was so named of the angel before he was

conceived in the womb.

 

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem

every year at the feast of the passover.

42 And when he was twelve years old,

they went up to Jerusalem after the

custom of the feast.

 

   b) The Social Law

He was subject to His parents

 

Luke 2:51 And he went down with them,

and came to Nazareth, and was subject

unto them: but his mother kept all these

sayings in her heart.

 

  c)The Civil Law

 

Matt 17:24‑27

24 And when they were come to Capernaum,

they that received tribute money came to

Peter, and said, Doth not your master

pay tribute?

25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come

into the house, Jesus prevented him,

saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of

whom do the kings of the earth take

custom or tribute? of their own

children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers.

Jesus saith unto him, Then are the

children free.

27 Notwithstanding, lest we should

offend them, go thou to the sea, and

cast an hook, and take up the fish that

first cometh up; and when thou hast

opened his mouth, thou shalt find a

piece of money: that take, and give unto

them for me and thee.

 

   d) The Moral Law

 

He said he came not to destroy the law

but to fulfill it

 

Matt 5:17 Think not that I am come to

destroy the law, or the prophets: I am

not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 

God came to earth to fulfill the law He

had made. Man could not keep God's law

 

God came and fulfilled the demands of

the law in man's behalf.

 

Phil 2:7‑8

 7 But made himself of no reputation,

and took upon him the form of a servant,

and was made in the likeness of men:

 8 And being found in fashion as a man,

he humbled himself, and became obedient

unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

III. THE PURPOSE OF THE INCARNATION: WHY

     GOD SENT HIS SON

 

 A. He Came in order that we might be

    redeemed

   Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were

   under the law, that we might receive

   the adoption of sons.

 

We could not meet the demands of the law

we had broken the law and were guilty.

 

Jesus did not break the law, but was

obedient in all points.

 

yet he who knew no sin died for us

and paid sin's debt.

 

1 Peter 1:18‑19

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not

redeemed with corruptible things, as

silver and gold, from your vain

conversation received by tradition from

your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of

Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and

without spot:

 

  B.He Came that we might receive the

    adoption of sons

 

Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under

the law, that we might receive the

adoption of sons.

 

God's purpose in the incarnation is that

we might become sons of God, and this

sonship is based on redemption.

"to redeem...that we might receive..."

 

The Son of God became the Son of man

that we sons of men might become sons of

God.

 

Who then are the sons of God?

 They are those who have the spirit of

adoption in their hearts.

 

Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God

hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son

into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

 

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love

the Father hath bestowed upon us, that

we should be called the sons of God:

therefore the world knoweth us not,

because it knew him not.

 

   C. He Came that we might become heirs

      of God.

 

Gal 4:7 Wherefore thou art no more a

servant, but a son; and if a son, then

an heir of God through Christ.

 

Rom 8:16‑17

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness

with our spirit, that we are the

children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of

God, and joint‑heirs with Christ; if so

be that we suffer with him, that we may

be also glorified together.

 

We are joint heir with Christ because He

shared our humanity, with all the

subsequent sufferings. We by his grace

and through faith in Him, are to share

His glory.

 

           Luke 15:31 And he said unto

           him, Son, thou art ever with

           me, and all that I have is

           thine.

 

This is God's promise to every one of

His children.

 

a. son   Redemption

b. thou art ever with me  adoption

c. all that I have is thine  an heir of

God

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