1 Timothy 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.
Why must the truth of Christmas, Jesus Christ be celebrated everyday by Christians? We have so far explored how practical Christianity feeds from Him who is the truth of Christmas, Jesus Christ in 1 Timothy 3:14-16. Also too we have noted that when viewing Christianity in terms of its doctrines, the need to celebrate Christimas truth everyday is also necessary. Biblical Christianity rests upon three legs: the practical, the doctrinal and the supernatural. When we state "Practical Christianity" or "Biblical Christianity", we're simply referring to the essential ways in which we can view our daily Christian life. It is as much practical as it is doctrinal and supernatural.
How our worship expresses the supernatural character of Biblical Christianity
Being that 1 Timothy 3:16 is an ancient Christian Hymn, it is only fitting that we make the third reason for daily celebrating Jesus Christ, the truth of Christmas, to be for the sake of supernatural Christianity. All of the supernatural aspects of the Christian faith flow from Jesus Christ. Worship is how we best see the supernatural essence of our Christian faith. Ephesians 2:18 clarifies this point: "for through Him we both have our access in one
Spirit to the Father." Jesus Christ's incarnation and virgin birth stand as landmark supernatural events that shape the very essence of the Christian faith. To focus on the Christmas Truth of Jesus Christ in His first coming reinforces us to be a people who worship and love the Lord.
The Glory of Jesus Christ and supernatural Christian worship
If you notice the first and last lines of this passage, they both deal with the glory of Jesus Christ. Quite literally we are enjoying Christ from glory to glory in this passage. The glory of His incarnation and the glory of His ascension. We look forward to the day when He returns in the glory of His Father. God's glory in Jesus Christ is the beginning, middle and end of Christian worship. Some passages below will serve to reinforce the priority of Christ's glory in supernatural Christianity:
1. The Glory of God the Son was sung about at His birth.
Luke 2:14 states: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom
He is pleased.”
2. The Glory of God the Son was stated at the beginning of His public Ministry
Matthew 3:17 "and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I
3. The Glory of God the Son was stated when He was on the Mount of Transfiguration mid-way through His public ministry
Matthew 17:5 "While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a
voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am
well-pleased; listen to Him!”
4. The Glory of God the Son is prayed for by Him in His Upper Room Prayer
John 17:5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with
You before the world was."
5. His glory demonstrated in His resurrection is the basis for the Christian's New Birth and faith-walk with the Lord
1 Peter 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His
great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead"
It was this glory of Jesus Christ that was spoken of at the beginning of His birth, and the same glory which He showed, beginning witjh His resurrection and going all the way into His Ascension. When you see 1 Timothy 3:16, it begins and ends with His glory. Worship as the chief expression of the supernatural nature of Christianity must begin and end with the glory of Jesus Christ. The truth of Christmas centers on this fact about our Lord. He being God in human flesh never ceased being glorious.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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