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Immanuel – God with us Series: Part III

An angel was sent and spoke to Mary with a message that she would bear a child and be called Jesus (God saves), recorded in Matthew 1 and Luke 1. The Prophet Isaiah recorded in Isaiah 7:14 the child will be called Immanuel (God with us). The message that the Prophet of God received that the child will be named Immanuel, as well as in the Gospel of Matthew which confirmed that the name would be Immanuel—Matthew 1:23. It seemed that between the message of Isaiah and the announcement by Gabriel,  something may have happened above and beyond our reach, that instead, God will be with us had been changed to God will save or rescue us.

Immanuel was an angel’s name, meaning a vital message was at hand. We may reference this event to what happened when an angel appeared to Abraham to warn him of things to come, which was the coming judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. The angel that appeared was to give a message that judgment was at hand, but instead, the circumstances had changed, and the Son of God would be laying down his life to redeem humanity without any pressure from the Father.

If we may recall John 3:16-17, God sent the Son, and whoever will believe in him will not perish but have eternal life, and the word in verse 17 that maybe through him (Jesus) the world may be saved. The word maybe was the word that did not happen because the Son did it (this could be the turning point) and saved humanity from the bondage of inherited sin. Some groups of Christians call it original sin.

God knew it beforehand. That is why the judgment was moved behind, and grace took place. Jesus is the grace of God; he is the saving grace that we are thankful for. We are not ready to be judged; we still have to do a lot of work turning our ways back to God. We cannot do anything about our body,  the flesh, which is already condemned due to its sinful nature. Our soul is the one we need to save to receive a new and glorious body and be with God always.

God works without any surprises. Just read His love letter about the end time, you might not be able to understand it at the moment because of its symbolic nature, but it is worth reading as you may find that one day you will be surprised that all you read is a learned knowledge. It will be interpreted to you by someone, thus finding yourself not ignorant nor lacking knowledge of the Word of God. 

Once you fall into it, you will find that the guidance is clear and transparent. You have to follow the pattern. God was there during the deluge in Noah’s time and Sodom and Gomorrah. He was there, and at the end of the ages and the final judgment, He will be there too. Our life without God is like dust; when the wind blows, it crumples, spreads out, and flies without direction. We are nothing without trying to get the blessings we once had before.

 He wants us to be with Him. We can profess our love to Him all day long, but if we are not going to confess, we are just making a loud noise like a clanging cymbal. He wants everyone to be saved, and we must work for our salvation.

Part 1 The Creations

Part II God Involvement

Part III Announcement: Immanuel – God with us

Part IV Birth of Jesus

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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