Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Promise of God

An Anchor for our Soul

"So that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast...."- Hebrews 6:18 & 19

To Adam

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her SEED; He shall bruise you on the head and you shall bruise Him on the heel." Genesis 3:15

"The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them." Genesis 3:21
                                               (the first animal butchered by God that bled)
                                               Has this any significance on your personal faith in God?

To Abraham

"And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." Genesis 12:3

                    For what does the Scriptures say? "Abraham believed GOD, and it was credited
                    to him as righteousness."- Romans 4:3 ...that He might be the father of all who 
                    follow in the steps of faith..."- Romans 4
                                                  Has this any significance on your personal faith in God?

To Israel
                   Moses and the Law > those who believe were awaiting for the Savior
                   prophesied in the Old testament age. They were offering and killing animals
                   to cover their sins. They were following the rules set forth which were tedious and
                   very difficult for the nation of Israel. 
                   "But as for you Bethlehem, Ephrathah, though thou be little among the clans of
                    Judah, from you will come forth to be the Ruler of Israel, Whose from everlasting."
                    - Micah 5:2 

                   Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold! a virgin will be with 
                   child and bear a son, and she will call His Name Immanuel.-  Isaiah 7:14

                   For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will
                   rest on His shoulders; and His Name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty
                   God, Father of eternity, Prince of peace- on the throne of David and over His
                   kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with righteousness, from then on and
                   forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.- Isaiah 9:6 & 7
                                                         Has this any significance on your personal faith in God?

His fulfillment

                   Matthew 1:23 Immanuel means "God with us"

                   Luke 2:7-14 And she gave birth to her firstborn son...angels surround the shepherds 
                   who were sore afraid. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid: for behold,
                   I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; the city of
                   David  has been born to you a Saviour, Who Is Christ The Lord...

for everyone, for us                            

                   Jesus is the messiah in Hebrew, the Christus in Greek and Savior in English.

                    Acts 4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other Name that 
                    has been given among men by which we must be saved."

                    He grew without a single sin, and at 33 1/2 He was crucified for all the sin
                    of the people past, present and future. He was buried and after three days
                    He arose.

                    It is by faith alone in Him, Jesus Christ the God-man, the only object of salvation and 
                    faith in His work on the cross. This is the grace of God. His works not ours. No 
                    amount of man's good work can please God, only faith... Hebrews 11:6 "And without 
                    faith it is impossible to please God..."
                                                                  Has this any significance on your personal faith in God?

                    Jesus Christ, The preexistent God like The Father and Holy Spirit, was born 
                    between 4 to 5 B.C. Isn't it great to think that both Jews and Gentiles 
                    calendar changed from that day onward following Jesus birth on that 
                    manger? Who can perform this but also God alone! Well, HAPPY 
                    BIRTHDAY LORD JESUS!  The exact month & day we do not know but the 
                    world celebrates it on the 25th of December.

                    He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creation.
                    For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible 
                    and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all 
                    things have been created through Him and for Him. He Is before all things 
                    and in Him all things hold together.- Colosians1:15-17

                                                          He died for us, was buried
                                                                      He arose
                                                           went up to Heaven & coming
                                                           again in the clouds to gather
                                                           those who put  their faith   in

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