TODAY'S NEW LESSon
The first verse in the New Testament
gives us "permission!" It authorizes our "linking" the Birth of
Jesus to the Book of Genesis! I mean Matthew actually uses the
Greek noun "genesis" in his very first sentence!
He, the former tax collector, says
that he's writing: "The book of the
generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of
Abraham." Matthew 1:1, King James Version, where
"generation" is actually spelled "genesis" in the Greek text!
Genesis and Jesus, in one verse!
The very first verse in Genesis.
"In the beginning God created the heaven
and the earth." Now the first lines in the Gospel of
John, another "biography" about our Lord Jesus.
"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." See the
We are being told that Jesus is the
No wonder Matthew uses the word
"genesis" in his opening statement about our Lord.
God's first creation, Jesus being
His Agent, was physical, primarily. God's second creation, Jesus
still being the Enactor, is spiritual, primarily.
In Genesis we are given an earth, an
environment in which to live.
In the Gospels we are given heaven,
a holy city which endures eternally!
The Genesis "cost" was six days of
labor, God working omnipotently.
The Gospels "cost" was every drop of
Blood Jesus possessed! Dying on an old rugged Cross!
In both situations, our Lord is
This sounds so unusual. Especially
in a Bible study that is concerned with Christmas!
The Baby in the manger ... is the
Maker of Earth?
Listen to Paul here.
"For by Him were all things created, that
are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,
whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him. And He
is before all things, and by Him all things consist."
Colossians 1:16-17, clearly about Jesus!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
Last Saturday we began
this year's Christmas Series of Bible Studies. I am entitling
these "Jesus and Genesis." To read them cumulatively visit
HERE on the Website. May God
bless you all with a wonderfully spiritual Christmas Season,
keeping Jesus in First Place!
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