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Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Utmost For His Highest : "His Birth And Our New Birth"

December 25, 2011

Behold, a virgin shall bring forth a son, and they shall
call His name Emanuel, which being interpreted is, God
with us.
Isaiah 7:14
His Birth in History. "Therefore also that holy thing which shall be
born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35.) Jesus
Christ was born into this world, not from it. He did not evolve out
of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is
not the best human being, He is a Being Who cannot be accounted for
by the human race at all. He is not man becoming God, but God
Incarnate, God coming into human flesh, coming into it from outside.
His life is the Highest and the Holiest entering in at the Lowliest
door. Our Lord's birth was an advent.
His Birth in Me. "Of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be
formed in you." (Gal. 4:19.) Just as Our Lord came into human history
from outside, so He must come into me from outside. Have I allowed my
personal human life to become a "Bethlehem" for the Son of God? I
cannot enter into the realm of the Kingdom of God unless I am born
from above by a birth totally unlike natural birth. "Ye must be born
again." This is not a command, it is a foundation fact. The
characteristic of the new birth is that I yield myself so completely
to God that Christ is formed in me. Immediately Christ is formed in
me, His nature begins to work through me.
God manifest in the flesh - that is what is made profoundly possible
for you and me by the Redemption.

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