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Jeannie Koh
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LAB184 The Future Hope for Suffering
1 Peter 5:10-11
LAB182 The Art of War Part 2
1 Peter 5:8-10
LAB181 The Art of War Part 1
1 Peter 5:8-9
The Tale of Two Covenants
Hebrews 8:1-9:10
LAB180 Ways to cross-reference to understand a passage rightly
1 Peter 5:8-9
LAB177 God's Grace means I just sit back and relax? Hah! Think Again!!
1 Peter 5:7-9
LAB176 Three Ways to Fight Anxiety
1 Peter 5:7-8
LAB175 Why Romans 5:21 refers to imputed righteousness
Romans 5:20-6:2
LAB174 God relieves the humble of their fears
1 Peter 5:6-7
LAB170 Reading the passage supernaturally
1 Peter 5:2-3
LAB168 Reading Narratives to See Truths
Acts 16:19-31
LAB165 The Surpassing Wonder of the Truth of Election
Acts 13:46-49
LAB165 The Importance of Forming a Worldview
1 Peter 4:12-19
LAB160 The Ground for Seeking Purity of Faith in Suffering
1 Peter 4:17-18
LAB159 Seven Ways God honours us so we don't have to be ashamed for being Christians
1 Peter 4:16
LAB158 A Simple Verse With More Than Meets The Eye
1 Peter 4:15
LAB157 God Gives Us A Taste of Future Glory Now
1 Peter 4:14
LAB156 A Tale of Two Joys
1 Peter 4:13
LAB155 Using Word Searches to Understand Persecution in Peter
1 Peter 4:12
LAB154 Complaining in the right spirit
Jeremiah 12:1
LAB153 Don't Miss the Wonder of an Introduction
Galatians 1:3-5
Ask Questions to Reveal the Text's Dense Logic
1 Peter 4:10-11
LAB150 The Jigsaw Puzzle of Change
2 Corinthians 3:15-18
LAB148 Mine Within the Immediate Context First
1 Peter 4:10
LAB147 To See Requires God's Extraordinary Power
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
LAB146 Using varied contexts to understand godly hospitality
1 Peter 4:9
LAB145 How love helps cover sins by others
1 Peter 4:8
LAB144 The Levels of A Doxology
Romans 11:33-36
LAB143 Using Search Tool for Big Ideas like "Last Days"
1 Peter 4:7
LAB142 Praying after God's WORD when dealing with sin
Psalms 19:12-13
LAB141 Ground, Context and Logic to Determine Who the Dead are
1 Peter 4:6
LAB140 Loving Enemies and Trusting God's Justice
1 Peter 4:5
LAB139 Holiness defined by context, in part
1 Thessalonians 4:11-13
LAB138 The Inference that Leads to Meaningful Work
1 Corinthians 15:58
LAB137 The Ground For Not Boasting in Men
1 Corinthians 3:21-23
LAB136 What baptism has to do with salvation
1 Peter 3:21-22
LAB135 Show the World A Life Worth Living
1 Peter 4:3-4
LAB 134 Living for Godly Passions
1 Peter 4:2
LAB133 Who Are The Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19
LAB132 Christ died to make us dead to sin
1 Peter 4:1
LAB131 Can a True Christian Fall Away from God?
1 John 2:19
LAB130 Decrypting Confusing Bible Verses
1 Peter 3:19-20
LAB 129 It is the LORD who raises us up after we fall into sin
Micah 7:7-9
LAB128 Jesus Came to Ultimately Glorify God
Romans 15:8-9
LAB127 The Prayer for Fearless Contentment
Philippians 4:6-7
LAB126 No Other God
Deuteronomy 33:26-27
LAB125 How the OT Promises is Ours
Isaiah 41:10
LAB124 Prepare Your Heart for Cancer
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
LAB123 The Cross is to Bring Us to God
1 Peter 3:18
LAB122 The Keys to Knowing How to Live
Psalms 100:1-5
LAB121  God Wills Sin Done Against Us Without Sinning
1 Peter 3:17
LAB120 Meditating on the Word
James 3:17-18
LAB119 Treasure Jesus More than Safety
1 Peter 3:14-16
LAB118 God's blessings in suffering
1 Peter 3:14
LAB117 Sovereign God May Harm Us for Ultimate Good
1 Peter 3:13
LAB116 Love Your Enemies for Your Own Sake
1 Peter 3:9-12
LAB115 The Heart of the Christian Faith
Colossians 2:13-14
LAB114 How can we bless those who revile us?
1 Peter 3:8-9
LAB113 God Blesses Us to Bless the World
Psalms 67:1-7
LAB112 Election Gives Evangelism Power
2 Timothy 2:8-10
LAB111 Do Not Diminish God's Love for You
1 Thessalonians 1:2-7
LAB110 Your Prayers Hang on Your Marriage
1 Peter 3:7
LAB 109 Believe God more than my pain and loss
John 11:1-6
LAB108 The Saving Power of a Fearless Wife
1 Peter 3:1-6
LAB107 Saved by Grace But Not Without War
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Only by Christ's atonement and substitution, will I be able to follow Christ's example of doing good in responding to evil
1 Peter 2:21-25
God's Wise Sayings are delightfully trustworthy
Proverbs 22:17-19
God is Faithful to Himself Above All Else
2 Timothy 2:11-13
Do good when mistreated, keeping God and His reward in mind.
1 Peter 2:18-20
LAB102 Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13-17
LAB101 Holy God became like us
Philippians 2:3-8
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LAB161 God's Miraculous Conception
Matthew 1:18-25
LAB161 Divine Conception and the Joyful Purpose of Christ's Arrival
Published May 15th, 2017
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Matthew 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph,
All text in gold highlight refers to the Divine Conception. All text in green highlight refers to the purpose of Jesus.
before they came together she was found to be with child
Divine Conception evidence #1: Mary is pregnant before union with Joseph
from the Holy Spirit.
Divine Conception evidence #2: Scripture state the Holy Spirit is reason for pregnancy.
And her husband Joseph,
Divine Conception evidence #3: Joseph was not the father of Jesus.
being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
But as he considered these things, behold,
an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife,
Divine Conception #4: The truth of this pregnancy is corroborated by authoritative angelic proclamation.
for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Divine Conception #5: the gender of the child is prophesied, planned, determined before birth
She will bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus,
Purpose of Jesus #1: The very name of Jesus means Yahweh Saves.
for he will save his people from their sins.”
Purpose of Jesus #2: This salvation is from sin, not from any earthly power. Thus Jesus' unique origin is able to save us uniquely from sin.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
Purpose of Jesus #3: Jesus' heritage and birth fulfills what was predicted. Therefore Jesus' unique heritage was planned, determined, ordered.
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and
Divine Conception evidence #6: this Son's unique conception and birth carries prophetic verification, authority and evidence.
they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Purpose of Jesus #4: Part of Jesus' mission is to be known as God with us. The very arrival of Jesus sends a message of God's presence, God's care and love.
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
but knew her not until she had given birth to a son.
Divine Conception evidence #7: The uniqueness of this Son's Fatherhood is further clarified by Joseph abstaining from knowing Mary before the birth.
And he called his name Jesus.
Purpose of Jesus #5: As prophesied, predicted, foretold, Jesus is named thus.
Refer to: Principle for Bible Reading Repetition When we want to make certain that people understand what we are saying we repeat ourselves. From time to time, the biblical authors repeat themselves to highlight a specific point. Whenever you realize repetition in the Bible, make sure you take extra time to think about what is being repeated. Study Questions If someone asked you why the virgin birth is so important to Christians, how would you answer? Watch the lab. Why does Pastor John not particularly like the terminology of, “the virgin birth?” How can the reality of the divine conception serve as a source of joy and peace this Christmas season? Principle for Bible Reading Walking by Faith in Bible Study How can you walk by faith when your Bible is open before you, but your mind wanders and heart is distracted? Applying “A.P.T.A.T.” to your time in God’s word may help: A - Admit that you need God’s help to focus and be engaged. It might be helpful to cast all present anxieties on him before you begin your study ( 1 Peter 5:6–7 ). P - Pray for help to not only understand God’s word but to be obedient to it ( James 1:22 ). T - Trust a specific promise. In this case, Paul’s words to Timothy may be helpful: “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything” ( 2 Timothy 2:7 ). A - Act by prayerfully reading, thinking, and meditating on truth. T - Thank God for his word and for meeting you whether you feel like it was especially rich or not. Study Questions What makes Christmas most merry for you? Matthew goes out of his way to emphasize that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in Matthew 1:18–25 . Why is this important? In Matthew 1:21 and Matthew 1:23 , two names are ascribed to Jesus; what are they? Reflect briefly on each name and thank God that Jesus perfectly fulfills each name given to him.
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