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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall cal! his name Immanuel"
(lsa. 7: 14).
Now see this prophecy fulfilled in the New Testament: An
angel appeared to Joseph, fiancé of Mary the mother of Jesus:
"Joseph," he said, "thou son of David, fear not to take unto
thee Mary thy (espoused] wife: for that which is conceived in her
is of the Holy [Spirit]. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou
shalt cal! his name JEsus: for he shall save his people from their
sins. Now al! this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 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" (Matt.
l
:20-23).
This prophecy reveals Christ as SAVIOR.
And so was born JEsus - the SECOND ADAM! Begotten of
God befare His human birth - as no other had been. He was
Goo as well as man - Goo with us - Goo made human so that,
as a human, He could die (Heb. 2:9) for humans! Yes, Goo in the
likeness of human ftesh, who could overcome Satan the former
King Lucifer, thus qualifying to restare the GOVERNMENT OF Goo
to earth!
Satan tried to destroy Jesus soon after birth - befare He
could grow up to qualify and announce the KINGDOM OF Goo!
But God protected the Christ-child, causing Joseph and Mary to
ftee with Him to Egypt - until Herod, provincial Roman king
over Judea, was dead.
"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with
wisdom ..." (Luke 2:40). Jesus was endowed with the Holy Spirit
of God
from birth.
1 have said that, as the "prince of the power of the air," Satan
subtilely and invisibly injects into human minds through the
"human" spirit his attitude of hostile rebellion. Satan begins im–
planting this carnal attitude as early in life as the child begins to
absorb knowledge and to think. But the growing child Jesus, filled
with Goo's Spirit, resisted from infancy this magnetic "pull" we
cal! human nature.
Jesus never had a carnal mind, hostile against God. His
mind, from earliest childhood,
was
subject to the law of God.