The Necessity of the Unique Birth of Christ

Birth of Christ - in the MangerIsaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

People everywhere love cute babies. Years ago, there was One Baby that was unlike any other. Jesus was that unique Baby. It is His unique birth and life that Christians celebrate each year around this time. Christmas is a time when people are reminded of what God did in order to save the human race, and God’s perfect plan started with a little Baby in a manger.

The above prophecy in the Bible concerning the unique birth of Christ was given about 700 years prior to Jesus’ birth. It is important because it reveals how God was going to save mankind. Her revealed exactly what He would do a little at a time and this verse is an important one. Without Christ’s unique birth, no one could be saved. God was going to cause a woman – a virgin – to conceive without the aid of a man.

Why was this so important? The Bible gives us three main reasons:

  1. Because all mankind has sinned, and we all must answer for our sin.

Romans 5:12 tells us: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Notice that this verse specifically states that there is a curse of death on all men, and apparently, the sin nature was passed from parent to child through the earthly father. Therefore, if Christ had a sin nature, He would have had to answer for His own sin – and could not have saved anyone else in that case. The Virgin Birth eliminated this problem.

  1. Because only God could pay such an eternal debt for all of mankind.

We are told this in Isaiah 53:6: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” This verse declares that God would put the penalty of all our sin on Christ, and He would pay for them all for us. This picture was continually repeated as the sacrifice of the lamb in Bible times.

  1. Because God was going to come Himself and be born of Mary.

Notice that the Name of this Child will be Immanuel, which means “God with us.” This Name was repeated in Matthew 1:23: “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.”

The text verse (Isaiah 7:14), makes it very plain that Jesus Christ was no ordinary man. When people ask Who is Jesus Christ?, the Bible answers with a very clear statement that He was God, born of a virgin, to become a Sacrifice for us all. He was God, but He received a human body from Mary, and He became the God-Man so that He might become our Savior.

Now that He has done everything necessary for your salvation, it is left up to you to receive this great gift from God. God tells us, in John 3:16 that: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” No matter what other gifts you might receive during this Christmas season, there is no greater Gift than the One God has given in Jesus Christ. You need to receive it today. Confess your need to Him that you need saving and forgiveness, and call on Christ today.

If you would like to learn more about what Christ did and the salvation He provided for you, be sure to download my free booklet entitled: How to Be Saved and Know It (no log-in required, PDF). It explains Bible salvation in clear detail.

Merry Christmas,
Mike Valles, Evangelist

Get “The Dangers of Bible Ignorance” for Free

Get Bible Ignorance for Free
Get Bible Ignorance for Free

In the world of religion, some religious leaders claim that there are many different ways to get to Heaven. This is certainly apt to leave many people confused – and it will certainly lead many of them astray.

Although there are older religious books, the Bible alone offers not only a reasonable explanation for our existence, but it also provides a clear and sure way to get to Heaven. That way is also unique, and it stands in clear contrast to what the majority of the other religions teach.

My new eBook, The Dangers of Bible Ignorance, does not present a new message, but seeks to make very plain what the Bible reveals from cover to cover about going to Heaven. Most people do not understand it, including many church-goers.

Three of the chapters in this eBook are:

  • Are Religious Leaders Always Right?
  • Close to the Truth – But Still Lost!
  • Knowing Bible Truth – But Not Changed By It

Those who do understand the message of the Bible know where they are going – and that knowledge is not based on their works, good deeds, or even church membership. Yes, they have assurance of salvation, and it is what God wants you to have, too.

Even in America today, where many people claim to be religious, including many Christians, the message that has been preached for 2,000 years is still understood only by a minority. The greatest danger in not knowing the Bible’s message is that it has eternal consequences.

This eBook makes that message easy to understand and reveals what you must do about it. You must understand why it was necessary for Christ to die and know what you must do about it. Certainly the time to act on that message is now. You can learn now the truth that will set you free from doubt and destruction.

The message is for people everywhere. Jesus died for all people. Find out why it is important that people in America, China, Mexico, the Middle East, Russia, etc., need to know about Christ.

This eBook, entitled The Dangers of Bible Ignorance, is written by Evangelist Mike Valles. You can download it for free simply by signing up for his newsletter.

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Bible Promise for the Day – A Reason to Be Bold

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

There are many occasions in the Word of God where the Lord tells His people, whether as a nation, or to individuals, to “fear not.” The times in which we live now certainly provide many reasons for some people to fear.

There is a lot of uncertainty on the horizon, as I mentioned yesterday, and events are lining up for even gloomier days – depending on how you look at it. Things like debates between presidential candidates are not always very helpful, either.

In spite of these things, God repeated His intention and command that His people should not be afraid. Why? There are three reasons given in this Bible verse:

  1. His Guaranteed Presence – “I am with thee”

If anyone should ask, what good will that do? His answer reminds us that He is our God – and He has unlimited power and wisdom!

  1. His Guaranteed Help – “I will strengthen thee”

Even though we may at times be weak in ourselves, or in our resolution to serve Him, yet He will give us strength, even when we have none.

  1. His Guaranteed Support – “I will uphold thee”

As long as God has a purpose for you and me on this planet, if you are saved, He can be counted on to uphold us as we do His work.

The results of His strength to undergird us should greatly embolden us to continue to go forward for Him. We must learn to draw nigh to Him first, wait on His perfect will for you, and then be sure to do it in His power and leading – not your own.

Too many Christians are silent for Christ today. Very few people around them, if anyone, even know they are believers in Christ. Many, I’m afraid, have been more converted by the world, than vice versa.

With promises like this, and by feeding frequently and daily on His Word, we ought to be like the Apostles who “turned the world upside down” for Christ. We have far more tools available to us to help spread the Gospel than they ever dreamed of, yet we fail to tell others. The difference is that they loved Christ with all their hearts and were filled with the same Holy Spirit Who is available to us today.

With promises like these of His support and help, let me ask: What are you doing for Christ today?

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Bible Promise for the Day – Receiving a Full Reward

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Hebrews 10:35,36 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

In this verse, the Apostle Paul talks about the possibility of losing rewards. In the Bible, salvation is never considered a reward for believers – that comes by faith in Christ.

Rewards are given for faithful service and there are several of them. They include crowns and positions of authority. While many people are focused on being able to go to Heaven because of Christ, many do not realize that there are rewards that can be obtained, too. Because many are not working for them, they are apt to lose out.

Paul indicates that a believer needs to be careful to maintain faith, and continue living for God with their whole life. He tells the believer to be patient. Things may not always be grand and wonderful, some hardships will come. But, don’t turn back or turn aside, and you can receive a full reward. When you do, you will instantly discover that it was worth it.

You will also discover that God will help you every step of the way. It will be a challenge, but you can earn a full reward. You will need to start that journey toward a full reward by making a commitment to serve Christ from now on, and start immediately following the Word of God.

Bible Promise for the Day – Confession and the Promise of Salvation

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Romans 10:9,10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

In the book of Romans, Paul the Apostle makes a lot of spiritual truth very clear. He talks much about salvation in the book, and reveals why Christ is the key to our salvation.

The two verses for our text today reveal a short summary of that salvation that God so freely offers to us. You will probably notice how very simple it really is. Some church groups make it much more complex – but that is distorting the truth of God’s Word.

The first word is the one that some religious groups distort so badly. It is the word “confess,” and it simply means “to admit.” This confession is not to be made to men (no matter what their title or position is), but is made directly to God in prayer. The Bible tells us that: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Ti 2:5).

  1. A New Lord

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus.”

What this first part of the verse is saying is that you must admit that Jesus Christ is Lord to you, or, your new Boss. Before that time, you were simply your own boss – not God, and that is what sin is in its raw form. Now that you recognize your need of His salvation and forgiveness, salvation can occur by changing bosses of your life!

  1. A New Belief

“and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead.”

This part is just as important as the confession. In addition to recognizing Christ as Lord, you also need to recognize that God put His Son to death for your sins. He did it because there was no other way of salvation. Afterwards, God raised Him from the dead to give us assurance of two things:

  1. That Jesus was indeed the Son of God.
  2. That our sins were truly paid for. If they weren’t, Jesus would still be paying for them.

Note that belief is necessary for salvation. A baby does not believe anything. This kind of Bible belief can only take place after understanding what Jesus did for us on the Cross. It must be a voluntary belief, or faith.

  1. A New and Complete Salvation

The verse states that after you have confessed that you will now serve Christ, and that you understand He died for you, then you are saved. Please note this is not just my interpretation – read it again for yourself. It is not me, a man, saying you are saved, but God Who wrote these verses.

Notice also that the verse states that “thou shalt be saved.” That is pretty clear. Not maybe will be saved; or can hope to be saved, but you shall be saved. This also implies you cannot lose it, like some falsely say. Eternal life can be yours because of what Christ did for you.

The second verse, verse 10, repeats it, so that the reader can be sure to understand what is being said. Belief and confession will save you today, if you call on Him in prayer – from right where you are now.

I’d like to hear from some of you today. If you are saved and reading this, why not let me know by making a comment. Comments are hidden, so no one will see it but me.

Bible Promise for the Day – God’s Good Thoughts Toward You

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Because of trouble in their life, many people think that God is harsh, or out to get them. Others wonder why it is that life is hard, and conclude that either there is no God, or that He does not care. Of course, neither view is correct.

To the unsaved world, Satan is glad to get them to think wrong thoughts toward God. He knows that wrong thinking can keep people from turning toward Him – which is just what he wants. The truth is that “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son.” That is certainly more love than any of us can imagine or understand.

During an occasion when God had to deal hard with Israel because of their sin, God told them that He did not want to hurt them. Instead, all His thoughts were toward them for good, as the verse above states, but a lack of repentance called for stronger measures.

As believers, we also may wonder why times can be hard. Sometimes, it may seem like we do not get the breaks we think we ought to get, or answers to our prayers seem long in coming.

This verse reveals the truth of God’s attitude toward His children. He always loves you, and never ceases to do so. He does have an overriding purpose, however, and that is that He aims to conform His children to be like His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

Knowing now that He loves you with a constant love, can you thank Him for the things He permits to enter your life? He loves you, and the closer you draw toward Him, the more you will experience His peace and love. Does such love help you to trust Him more and serve Him better? The “expected end” refers to the blessings in life we expect to get from serving God. The truth is, though, that He will give us much more than we could ever ask or think – but we do have to wait for it a little while.

Bible Promise for the Day – Power Over the Enemy Called Satan

God's Promises Are Ever Faithful
God’s Promises Are Ever Faithful

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

In a day when many people fear the Devil, and when Hollywood takes advantage of this fear for the sake of the dollar, the true child of God needs no such fear. Many people around the world fear the wicked one more than the Creator of all. Let me also add that Satan cannot be stopped by any earthly object – a Hollywood invention.

When a person gets saved by believing in Christ for salvation, the child of God gains a new Father – God Himself. The Holy Spirit moves within, and being God, He is infinitely more powerful than the created being called Satan.

This Bible verse is very clear in what it teaches. There are three statements in it, and the end result, seen in the last statement, is that Satan “will flee” when the terms are met. Of course, once he does that, he is defeated in his evil intent at that moment. Be aware, though, that he or his evil servants will be back.

Christian, the first term is to “submit” or surrender to God. This means a wholehearted surrender. Be genuinely surrendered to God to do His will. Really seek first the Kingdom of God and let His indwelling Spirit guide you.

Then, be sure to stand up to and “resist” Satan’s devices (temptations), and do not yield to them. Ask God to protect you and let Him take care of Satan. Keep your eyes on Christ and His great strength, and when you do, victory will be yours because of Christ’s power which already defeated Satan on the Cross two Millennia ago. Faith in Christ’s ability to deliver is the answer to Christian victory.

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