An exposition of John 1:1-18.
The Incarnation refers to that event when the Son of God took upon Himself a human nature, wherein He remains absolutely God and completely man in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. This term better represents the true meaning of Christmas than does the familiar language of “the birth of Christ.” Only three of the four Gospel records make reference to this unique event. Matthew and Luke consider the subject from a human aspect, presenting Christ as the Son of Man; whereas John considers the subject from a divine aspect, presenting Christ as the Son of God. Indeed,
He walked like men, He talked like God;
His words were oracles, His works were miracles;
Of God the true expression, Of man the finest specimen;
Full orbed humanity, Crowned with deity;
Without taint of iniquity, Or trace of infirmity.
It is the deity of Jesus Christ that is highlighted in this study.
An exposition of John 1:10-14.
Regeneration is the sovereign activity of God wherein the Holy Spirit implants the principle of a new life in the soul of man, thereby uniting that soul with the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Also called the New Birth, this activity is unrelated to the modern day Charismatic Movement; it is irrespective of water baptism; and it is not contingent on faith and repentance. However, those who are born again demonstrate their experience by water baptism and they exercise faith and repentance as fruits of the Holy Spirit. This study provides a Scriptural overview of this doctrine and gives special attention to the first reference.