EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The titles Father, Son and Holy Spirit are believed to be redemptive revelation of God to man on earth. It is the way God reveals Himself to mankind for the purpose of their salvation. They are not eternal titles that existed from eternity past. Jesus was not eternally a Son. The word “Son” does not refer to His Deity, but to His humanity.
As God, Jesus had no beginning, was not begotten, was not the first-born of God, was not born, and therefore, was not a Son! But as Man, He had a beginning, was begotten, was the first-born of God, was born, and therefore became Son of God. This dual-personality of Jesus as a God-man must be made clear for perfect understanding of His purpose on earth.
God became a Son (Jesus) at the fullness of God's appointed time and came down with a message to mankind. When there was no mankind in eternity past, He was not a Son and there was no Father. It was God, Jehovah, Lord, one God that existed. The distinction in the Godhead was not emphasized because it was said in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created …” There was no need for any distinction.
In fact, angels are not seeing any differences between them because it is not relevant to them. They don't need redemption. They see one God; one Master; one Lord; one Creator. God gave the title of “Son” to Himself because of His redemptive work on earth – to save sinful man from his sins and to establish sound doctrine for the salvation of mankind.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Jesus was not Saviour until sin entered man. It was necessity that gave birth to the Saviour. God was not Saviour until there were sin, Satan and death to be saved from. He was God in eternity; Mighty One, who is self-existent.
You have a chemical that you spray to kill mosquitoes, but you did not know it could also kill snakes until you discovered that a snake came in contact with it and died. When somebody now asks you of its use, you would say it is a chemical for killing mosquitoes and snakes. That is another way of explaining this concept of God's redemptive work on earth in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Thought for the day:
Jesus was not Saviour until sin entered man
Song for the day:
Messiah is the King of kings
Bible reading for the day:
2 Samuel 7-9; Luke 19:1-28
PASTOR PAUL RIKA