Pastoral Exhortation

Virgin Birth

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Sunday, 22 December 2013

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“...Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

The prophet Isaiah declared that Immanuel (“God be with us”) shall be born of a virgin. Almost 600 years later, this prophecy was fulfilled in a dramatic fashion – God chose Mary, who was espoused to Joseph, to be the virgin who would give birth to His Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Matthew records this event as follows:

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS” (Matthew 1:18–25).

Have you ever considered how important it is that we believe on the virgin birth of Christ?

If you doubt the virgin birth of Christ, you will reject:

Rejecting the virgin birth of Christ is the equivalent of calling God a liar, and all the contents of the Bible as false. Suggesting one portion of the Bible to be false will place the whole Bible under suspicion. Believing in the virgin birth of Christ is crucial. It is an undeniable, cardinal doctrine of our Christian faith.

 

 

 

Testimonies from Church Camp 2013

 

Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sins By grace I have been pardoned and it was grace that wrote my name in life’s eternal book Grace taught my wandering feet to tread the heavenly road, And Grace supplies my every need

while I obediently stay on the narrow road. It was grace that kept me to this day, and Grace will not let me go. And you that are longing to see His face, will you this moment His grace receive?

Come Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace, Streams of mercy never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise Redeemed and now so happy in Jesus, no language my rapture can tell I sing, for I cannot be silent, His love shall continually be the theme of my song.

Jesus the Saviour reigns, the God of truth and love; When he has purged our stains, He took His seat above. Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord the Judge shall come And take all His saints up to our eternal home.

There will be no more dark valleys; there will no more sorrow; There will be no more weeping when Jesus comes But there will be songs of greeting and a joyful meeting When Jesus comes to gather His loved ones home.

So, brethren, as we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Let us put our hands to the plough, with the cross before us and the world behind us Let us press on till the Master comes!

Amen.

Violet Quek

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Romans 9:13-18

Thoughts of Cheerful Givers
From the offering bags.

“We Plough the Fields & Scatter”
Matthias Claudius

We thank thee then, O Father,
For all things bright & good,
The seed time & the harvest,
Our life, our health, our food.
Accept the gifts we offer
For all thy love imparts,
And what thou most desirest
Our humble, thankful hearts.
All good gifts around us are sent
from heaven above;
Then thank the Lord, for all his love.
(15 Dec 2013)

13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
 

17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee,
and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

Praise God for this camp in which I have been reminded of my salvation. As to why God so mercifully marks me out to be a receiver of His compassion instead of His wrath, to be entitled to the privilege of walking with God like Noah, is beyond my comprehension. His Word has reminded me that, having experienced His everlasting love and all-sufficient grace, I must:

At every moment, I must joyfully praise Him and give Him the glory. Hence, all glory be to God who has done and still is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I have asked or thought (Eph. 3:20-21).

In Christ,
Dorcas Koshy