The promise that God came to earth to visit with fleshly mankind is one of the foundational truths that the Bible presents to help us understand the nature and person of the Messiah.
In the lesson for today, we will be looking at the earthly coming of God, in the person of the Messiah, as King and Savior of His people.
14) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
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.
19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man], and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
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.
24) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
John 1:1-2, 14
1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2) The same was in the beginning with God.
14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
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.
The divinity of the Messiah is a doctrinal companion to the teaching of the virgin birth of the Messiah. In what way are they “companion doctrines”?
1. The doctrine of the Deity of the Messiah reveals to us the “person” of the Messiah, God Himself. The doctrine of the virgin birth explains to us the “process” used by God to come to the earth as the Messiah.
2. Just as the doctrine of the Deity of the Messiah reveals that the Messiah was truly God, the doctrine of the virgin birth of the Messiah shows to us that the Messiah is truly man.
Together, these two doctrines make up two of the most controversial doctrines of the Bible. Although controversial, these two are of utmost importance. They are of extreme significance because, to be believers in the Biblical Messiah, these doctrines must be accepted by faith as a part of the salvation experience.
In Isa 7:14, we find the deity of the Messiah is clearly presented alongside the promise of the virgin birth, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” We find in the New Testament that the title “Immanuel” means “God with us”, distinctly proclaiming the deity of the coming Messiah.
In Isaiah 9:6, we find two obvious claims of the deity of the Messiah within a list of the titles that used to describe Him… “…his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Here the Messiah is given both the divine title of “The mighty God” and also the divine title “The everlasting Father”.
Much like in our previous studies, we find that Jesus is clearly said to be the fulfillment of this promise of the Messiah. In Matt 1:19-25, as a part of the message delivered by the angel to Jesus’ legal father, Joseph, we find both the virgin birth and the deity of Christ declared… “ And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: … Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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.”
John 1:1-2, 14
The Apostle John in his epistle presents the truth of the deity of Christ (the Word), in the context of His physical birth in John 1:1-2, 14. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.The same was in the beginning with God.And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Why was Christ given the title of “The Word”? Just as our Words are an expression and revelation of our thoughts…. So too, the life of Christ, as God Himself, is the living expression and revelation of God to mankind.
Paul, in his letter to Timothy gives to us an undeniable (“without controversy”) description of Christ in 1 Tim 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.” In this description, Paul designates the Deity of Jesus as “the mystery of Godliness”. In other words, the Deity of Christ is beyond our human understanding and, yet, cannot be contested. He goes further and states that Jesus is “God manifest in the flesh”. A restatement of this idea would be Jesus is “God is uncovered for all to see, as Jesus lived in a fleshly body”. Paul undoubtedly understood that Jesus was the promised Messiah, God come to the earth in the flesh.
What a wonderful blessing it is to come to acceptance of the Deity of Jesus, the promised Messiah. Although this teaching is beyond our human understanding, based upon its clear presentation in Scripture, we can rest our faith on this truth. May we all come to acceptance of this truth and recognize our need to place our faith in the promised Messiah, the Lord Jesus.
May the Lord bless our study of His Word.