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  • The Father Sent The Son...a nativity sermon pt 3

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Galatians 4:4-6)The Incarnation was the Father’s plan. There is one eternal God, eternally manifest in three persons; Father,Son and Holy Ghost. God has always been the Father, and by him Fatherhood derives its essence. Forever there has been in the Godhead, the...
  • In The Fulness OF Time...A Nativity Sermon ot 1

    But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.(Galatians 4:4-5) The birth of Jesus was a predicted event. Centuries before it occurred it was described as to its place, time and significance. The Prophets anticipated the birth of the one who would come to crush the serpent’s head and remove the primal curse, and announced beforehand the conditions which would prevail at the time of the birth. Consider one of the...
  • “The Only Intelligible Explanation of the Incarnation”—A. T. Robertson on the Virgin Birth of Christ

    12/29/2013 2:44:54 PM PST · by rhema · 5 replies
    Albert Mohler ^ | December 27, 2013 | Albert Mohler
    The Christmas season comes each year with the expected flurry of media attention to the biblical accounts of Christ’s conception and birth. The general thrust of the secular media is often incredulity toward the fact that so many people still believe the Bible’s accounts to be true. This year, the Pew Research Center released a report on Christmas Day indicating that almost 75% of the American people affirm belief in the virgin birth of Christ. Meanwhile, the Public Religion Research Institute found markedly lower levels of belief, with just under half affirming the historical accuracy of the biblical accounts. The...
  • Knowing the certainty of the season

    12/26/2013 7:27:19 AM PST · by fwdude · 1 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | Dec 25, 2013 | The Berean Call
    Dec 25 2013 Knowing the certainty of the season The angels announcing the birth of Christ called out, “…Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and...
  • On the Incarnation

    02/11/2013 8:39:36 PM PST · by ELS
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 9, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On the Incarnation "God gives us the greatest gift possible, the gift of himself " Vatican City, January 09, 2013 (Zenit.org). Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this Christmas season we focus once again on the great mystery of God who came down from Heaven to enter into our flesh. In Jesus, God became incarnate, He became man like us, and thus opened for us the door to His Heaven, to full communion with Him. In recent days, the term "incarnation" of God has resounded several times in our churches, to express the reality we celebrate on Christmas: the Son of...
  • Bl. John Duns Scotus on the Incarnation: Overview

    09/20/2012 2:11:37 AM PDT · by koinonia · 2 replies
    The Absolute Primacy of Christ ^ | July, 2012 | Fr. Maximilian M. Dean, F.I.
    Overview of the scotistic thesis on the primacy of Christ As we shall see, one of the most beautiful aspects of the Subtle Doctor’s teaching on the absolute primacy of Christ is that it begins from above (with God’s plan), and not from below (with man’s need).  Scotus’ theology seeks to see the created world from God’s point of view, ad mentem Dei, and not to subordinate His eternal decrees to man’s temporal and spiritual needs.  God’s works are not conditioned.  God is God; then God, in His goodness, freely wills to create the universe according to a fixed plan....
  • The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger [Catholic Caucus]

    03/25/2012 4:24:08 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 3+ views
    InsightScoop.com ^ | March 25, 2012 | Pope Benedict XVI
    "The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace" by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace | Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) | Ignatius Insight The mystery of the annunciation to Mary is not just a mystery of silence.It is above and beyond all that a mystery of grace. We feel compelled to ask ourselves: Why did Christ really want to be born of a virgin? It was certainly possible for him to have been born of a normal marriage. That would not have affected his divine Sonship, which was not...
  • He That Came Down From Heaven...John 3 Pt 7

    And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.(John 3:13)Nicodemus was a Religious leader, the ‘Rabbi of Israel’. But he was drawn to seek out the obvious wisdom of an ‘untrained’ itinerant rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth. It was the miracles of Jesus as well as his teaching , that compelled Nicodemus and other leading rabbis to acknowledge that God was with him. Jesus wasted no time at all in the interview, informing Nicodemus that he would have to be born again to be able see...
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Mary’s Voice: Part 1, Confusion [Catholic Caucus]

    02/11/2012 10:42:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 20 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com. ^ | Jan 15th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Mary’s Voice: Part 1, Confusion   Jan 15th, 2012 by Gary Zimak.  We have been blessed with several Church-approved apparitions of the Blessed Mother throughout the years.  In each of these appearances, Mary has urged repentance and the importance of following Christ’s commands.  As we struggle to lead holy lives, wouldn’t it be nice if Mary could speak to us and give us the necessary encouragement to keep on the right path?  Fortunately, that is entirely possible and it can happen TODAY!  By opening up our Bibles, we can hear the Blessed Mother speak directly to us and...
  • Born of the Virgin Mary

    12/24/2011 1:39:50 PM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Along with the great theologian and philosopher Anselm of Canterbury we ask the question, Cur deus homo? Why the God-man? When we look at the biblical answer to that question, we see that the purpose behind the incarnation of Christ is to fulfill His work as God’s appointed Mediator. It is said in 1 Timothy 2:5: "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself …." Now, the Bible speaks of many mediators with a small or lower case "m." A mediator is an agent who stands between two parties...
  • The Word Remains Flesh...(I John)

    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us…(I John 1:1-2)The Final of the three simple, theological propositions set forth by the apostle John, in his restorative ministry to those whose faith had been distorted due to the gnostics is this; …Jesus Christ has come (and remains)...
  • I Delight To Do Thy Will...Psalm 40 pt 1

    Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.(Psalm 40:6-8)The Psalms of the Bible, can only be fully appreciated when one realizes that they are the prayers not only of Israel, but of Israel’s Messiah. The Messiah is in the psalms, he is predicted there, his prayers, worship, thoughts, hopes, are recorded in this prayer-book...
  • Merry Christmas: Love is born on Christmas Morn and the Whole World Begins Again

    12/24/2010 5:41:02 AM PST · by tcg · 2+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/24/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ....Christmas reminds us that in the "fullness of time" God came among us. Heaven touched earth and earth has been elevated through this encounter! The all- powerful God who made both heaven and earth became a vulnerable baby and chose to give Himself to His creation in order to create it anew. Let us live as a Christmas people, offering the greatest gift of all to a world waiting to be born, a Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord. Love is born on Christmas morn and in Him the world begins again.... ....Because He has been born we are given a...
  • On Singing Christmas s...

    12/17/2010 9:51:43 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 12 replies
    And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling...
  • How could Mary be the Mother of God?

    01/02/2010 3:32:55 PM PST · by NYer · 167 replies · 2,765+ views
    cerc ^ | MATTHEW PINTO
    How could Mary, a finite creature, be the Mother of God? Isn’t God an eternal being? The title "Mother of God" is offensive to some Protestant Christians because they believe that this title raises Mary to an inappropriate, even idolatrous, level -- the level of God Himself. There is also genuine confusion on the part of others -- including Catholics -- about how a finite creature (Mary) could be the "mother" of an eternal being. "Wouldn't Mary have had to exist before God in order to be His mother?", they reason. Referring to Mary as "Mother of God," however, does...
  • Mary, the Mother of God (a defense)

    01/02/2010 3:07:57 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies · 1,961+ views
    cerc ^ | FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS
    I was visiting an inner-city church one day and in the vestibule some graffiti was written on the wall which said, "Catholics, God has no mother," obviously referring to Mary's title as "Mother of God." How does one respond to such an objections? To understand the title, "Mother of God," we must first clearly understand Mary's role as mother of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the incarnation of our Lord: Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Cf. Lk 1: 26-38 and Mt 1: 18-25.) Through her, Jesus Christ — second person of...
  • A Donkey Wandering The Desert in the West Bank, Not Far From Bethlehem

    12/27/2009 8:54:37 AM PST · by OneVike · 15 replies · 532+ views
    An Email from Bethleham ^ | 12/27/09 | Phillip Yancey
    We just finished celebrating the incredible miracle of God becoming man, and I was reminded by a missionary friend about something Philip Yancey had wrote about the incredible day that; although He existed in the form of God...He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, and being made in the likeness of men..." Phillip Yancey was looking at his aquarium when he pondered the great Gift God gave us, Himself as a man. This is what he wrote about his thoughts on God's incarnation when he stepped into man's sandals...... “I learned about incarnation when I kept a...
  • Seven Generations of Service

    07/03/2009 10:36:06 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 1 replies · 792+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 1 July 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I was asked to write a brief history of the Church of the Incarnation, in Highlands. North Carolina, for a local magazine. The piece was intended to be about the building itself, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was built in 1896. But you cannot research the history of a church without also researching the history of the people who brought that church into being. Of the dozen people who formed the congregation for this church, one was Sarah Whiteside Norton. She was the first non-native American child born in the Highlands area, the daughter of...
  • Fear of the Incarnation and its Discontents [Ecumenical]

    12/24/2008 6:55:20 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 367+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 24, 2008 | Mark Shea
    Evangelicals, like all orthodox Christians, vigorously affirm the Doctrine of the Incarnation—the faith of all Christians that God the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary and became Man. Evangelicals, like Catholics, believe this doctrine with every fiber of their being. But there’s more to it than this. In Evangelical culture “incarnation” has tended to get prefaced with the definite article—”The Incarnation.” It’s been primarily thought and spoken of as a single, albeit glorious, historical event that took place in the past, and its application in...
  • The New Christology [ecumenical]

    08/18/2008 11:07:43 AM PDT · by koinonia · 61 replies · 87+ views
    Catholica ^ | July 31, 2008 | Fr. John O'Keefe
    In a Blog entry entitled "The New Christology", Fr. John O'Keefe writes:Calling Jesus “Saviour” or “Redeemer”, to say that Jesus was sent by God to die for me, and that I should pray to Jesus is quite ludicrous. To take the literal meaning of most of the scripture texts as being absolute truth is to make the scriptures stories of complete fantasy...Was Jesus God? No, Jesus was a human being who had to learn about God in the same way that we learn... Jesus had no special privileges, no special knowledge, but the spark of divinity that is in all...
  • Primacy of Jesus Christ, Alpha and Omega (sin or no sin)

    08/06/2008 8:58:59 AM PDT · by koinonia · 170 replies · 269+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | January, 2008 | Philip Yancey
    More than two centuries before the Reformation, a theological debate broke out that pitted theologian Thomas Aquinas against an upstart from Britain, John Duns Scotus. In essence, the debate circled around the question, "Would Christmas have occurred if humanity had not sinned?" Whereas Aquinas viewed the Incarnation as God's remedy for a fallen planet, his contemporary saw much more at stake. For Duns Scotus, the Word becoming flesh as described in the prologue to John's Gospel must surely represent the Creator's primary design, not some kind of afterthought or Plan B. Aquinas pointed to passages emphasizing the Cross as God's...
  • St. Francis de Sales, the Providence of God, & the Primary Motive of the Incarnation

    09/06/2007 5:56:11 AM PDT · by fr maximilian mary · 6 replies · 131+ views
    Treatise on the Love of God ^ | March 28, 1616 A.D. | St. Francis de Sales
    TREATISE ON THE LOVE OF GOD Book II, Chapter IV By St Francis de Sales Book II. The History Of The Generation And Heavenly Birth Of Divine Love. Ch 4. Of The Supernatural Providence Which God Uses Towards Reasonable Creatures. All God's works are ordained to the salvation of men and angels; and the order of his providence is this, as far as, by attention to the Holy Scriptures and the doctrine of the Fathers, we are able to discover and our weakness permits us to describe it. God knew from all eternity that he could make an innumerable multitude...
  • The Primary Motive of the Incarnation (Orthodox, Catholic caucus)

    07/15/2007 9:17:19 AM PDT · by fr maximilian mary · 13 replies · 601+ views
    Ad Orientem ^ | October 20, 2006 | Archpriest G. Florovsky
    St. Maximus the Confessor (580-662) seems to be the only Father who was directly concerned with the problem, although not in the same setting as the later theologians in the West. He stated plainly that the Incarnation should be regarded as an absolute and primary purpose of God in the act of Creation. The nature of the Incarnation, of this union of the Divine majesty with human frailty, is indeed an unfathomable mystery, but we can at least grasp the reason and the purpose of this supreme mystery, its logos and skopos. And this original reason, or the ultimate purpose,...
  • The ABSOLUTE Primacy of Christ

    06/13/2007 4:39:26 AM PDT · by fr maximilian mary · 173 replies · 2,364+ views
    Irish-Catholic and Dangerous ^ | April 12, 2007 | Danny Garland, Jr.
    Franciscan (Scotistic) Thesis: Absolute Primacy Of Christ -Jesus Christ was absolutely predestined for grace and glory in His Incarnation quite apart from any question of sin. The elect (men and angels) were chosen and predestined in Him by an eternal decree. And this before the universe had been created. Supporters of this: -St. Maximus the Confessor: “This [the Incarnation] is that great and hidden mystery. This is the blessed end for which all things were created. This is the divine purpose foreknown before the beginning of creation… Really, it was for the sake of Christ, that is the mystery of...
  • INCARNATION: GOD SENT HIS SON, TO SAVE US

    12/23/2006 6:05:45 PM PST · by xzins · 33 replies · 457+ views
    Monergism.com ^ | J.I. Packer
    INCARNATION GOD SENT HIS SON, TO SAVE US by J.I. Packer The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. JOHN 1:14 Trinity and Incarnation belong together. The doctrine of the Trinity declares that the man Jesus is truly divine; that of the Incarnation declares that the divine Jesus is truly human. Together they proclaim the full reality of the Savior whom the New Testament sets forth, the Son who came from the Father’s side at the...
  • Human, Body & Soul; Are you a Docetist?

    12/05/2006 4:49:13 PM PST · by HarleyD · 32 replies · 428+ views
    Greg's Couch ^ | Unknown | Greg Johnson
    Before I became a Christian, I was under the influence of a cult that presented itself as the true church. Among the weird things I was taught, I was told that Christmas was unbiblical, since Jesus wasn’t born on December 25. Christmas wasn’t Jesus’ real birthday. I think that group was wrong to throw out Christmas, but they were probably right about the date of Jesus’ birth. When the Church first instituted the feast of Christmas, however, it never did so on the assumption that December 25 was Jesus’ birthday! Rather, Christmas was instituted as a celebration, not of a...
  • Tailing a monkey man in search of healing powers - an incarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman?

    06/20/2006 11:32:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 202+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/06 | Reuters
    KOLKATA (Reuters) - Thousands of people are flocking to an impoverished Indian village in eastern West Bengal state to worship a man they believe possesses divine powers because he climbs up trees in seconds, gobbles up bananas and has a "tail." Devotees say 27-year-old villager Chandre Oraon is an incarnation of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman -- worshipped by millions as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. "He climbs up trees, behaves like a monkey and is a strict vegetarian, but he is no god and his condition is just a congenital defect," says Bhushan Chakraborty, the local...
  • Prayer and Meditation: The Christmas Thread

    12/24/2005 10:13:34 AM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 29 replies · 1,121+ views
    12/24/05 | Knitting a Conundrum
     Please join me in  remembering that special moment when  Jesus came to be with us, the miracle that was the incarnation.  I invite you to join me in answering the angel's call, to see the babe in the manger, if  only in your hearts and thoughts, that babe who was the greatest Christmas present of all. Light like a candle in the darkness, like hope in despair, like touch to the lonely, like water to a thirst, like a starry night filled with angels singing. Light, like the mysterious light filling a tomb to shatter finally the hold of the...
  • The Spiritual Exercises: The Incarnation (Second Week First Day)

    12/19/2005 1:40:55 PM PST · by annalex · 16 replies · 1,199+ views
    Christian Classics Ethereal Library at Calvin College ^ | 1541-1548 | St. Ignatius of Loyola
    THE FIRST DAY AND FIRST CONTEMPLATION IT IS ON THE INCARNATION AND CONTAINS THE PREPARATORY PRAYER, THREE PRELUDES, THREE POINTS AND ONE COLLOQUY Prayer. The usual Preparatory Prayer. First Prelude. The first Prelude is to bring up the narrative of the thing which I have to contemplate. Here, it is how the Three Divine Persons looked at all the plain or circuit of all the world, full of men, and how, seeing that all were going down to Hell, it is determined in Their Eternity,7 that the Second Person shall become man to save the human race, and so,...
  • Advent Thoughts: An Absolute Mystery by REV. KENNETH BAKER, S.J.

    11/27/2005 6:31:27 AM PST · by Knitting A Conundrum · 11 replies · 214+ views
    Catholic Educator's Resource ^ | 1995 | Rev. Kenneth Baker, S.J.
    An Absolute Mystery    REV. KENNETH BAKER, S.J. The Incarnation (God became man in Jesus Christ) is the central mystery of Christianity. Involved are both the meaning of man himself and the revealed reality of the Holy Trinity, for when we say that "God became man", we mean that the Word of God, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, united to himself a human nature. So God became in Jesus as we are. It is the defined, official teaching of the Church that the Incarnation, as a term of the divine action, is the mysterious union of the divine...
  • Why the Necessity of Incarnation of the Word; Word versus Witchcraft

    12/25/2004 8:42:39 PM PST · by telder1 · 12 replies · 462+ views
    Holy Scriptures/Word of God | 12/25/2004 | M.T. Elder Jr.
    John 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.God having come as the Word He always was and is to those whom He made by His Word, those whom He had made did not know Him. For as Word, He says of Himself:John 1:1-5 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. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life...
  • For further devotional reading [on the Incarnation]

    12/21/2004 8:05:08 AM PST · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 123+ views
    Lent & Beyond ^ | 12/21/2004 | webverger
    All, two of my blogging friends, the Pontificator, and Will of the Prydain blog are posting wonderful Incarnation-themed material on their websites. Some links follow: Prydain:Hilary of Poitiers on the Incarnation;Hippolytus of Rome on the Incarnation;The Thirty-Nine Articles on the Incarnation;Cyril of Alexandria on the Incarnation Pontifications:“But Himself rose out of His place, and came after us”“He prepared this body in the virgin as a temple for Himself”“By His flesh which He took of us receiving His Spirit which He imparteth to us” Enjoy these wonderful meditations by the Church Fathers!
  • On the Incarnation of the Word

    11/28/2004 2:25:22 PM PST · by telder1 · 168+ views
    New Advent ^ | Long Time Ago: Church Fathers | Athanasius
    Come now, Macarius (worthy of that name), and true lover of Christ, let us follow up the faith of our religion, and set forth also what relates to the Word's becoming Man, and to His divine Appearing amongst us, which Jews traduce and Greeks laugh to scorn, but we worship; in order that, all the more for the seeming low estate of the Word, your piety toward Him may be increased and multiplied. For the more He is mocked among the unbelieving, the more witness does He give of His own Godhead; inasmuch as He not only Himself demonstrates as...
  • The Dual Nature of Christ, Orginal Sin, Baptism

    05/05/2004 4:19:54 PM PDT · by Arguss · 3 replies · 134+ views
    Accoding to St. Catherine of Siena "The Dialogue" http://www.ecatholic2000.com/catherine/siena14.html "Wherefore I gave My Word, My only-begotten Son, because the whole stuff of human generation was corrupted through the sin of the first man Adam. Wherefore, all of you, vessels made of this stuff, were corrupted and not disposed to the possession of eternal life -- so I, with My dignity, joined Myself to the baseness of your human generation, in order to restore it to grace which you had lost by sin; for I was incapable of suffering, and yet, on account of guilt, My divine justice demanded suffering. But...
  • The Incarnation and the Human Person

    09/06/2002 12:20:34 PM PDT · by MarMema · 16 replies · 144+ views
    Sobornost ^ | current | Nonna Verna Harrison
    The Incarnation and the Human Person Among twentieth-century theologians, especially in the West, many discussions of christology have centred around what has to be said of Christ to affirm that he is truly human. An understanding of human nature is thus presupposed, probably based on aspects of our contemporary experience, and this becomes the yardstick by which to measure the authenticity of our Lord’s humanity. By such a standard, much of New Testament and traditional christology can too easily be dismissed as docetic, since it presents Christ as living and acting in ways that differ from what is possible in...