Sermons from December 2022
Though Eve was deceived first, yet salvation would come through her ability to bear children. The biblical theological theme of childbearing tells the story of salvation. Christian women, therefore, ought not to be fooled by the deception of feminism which seeks to take women out of the home. Though it is difficult work, it is in bearing and rearing children that the kingdom of God advances. Salvation is through childbearing.
Genesis 3:15, the miraculous births of the Old Testament, and the predictions about Zion all culminate in the birth of Christ through the virgin Mary. Salvation has come through the birth of a child, a child who was and is the eternal Son of God. This birth is the culmination of that which was spoken by the prophets. Salvation has come through childbearing.
One of the ways the prophets develop the promise that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent is by describing salvation as Zion giving birth. Zion, the recipient of the promises, the city of God, will give birth to the Messiah. Not only that, but all Christians have Zion as their mother. Salvation is childbearing. The pains of exile were but the pains of labor which culminate in the salvation through a birth, the birth…
Throughout the Old Testament there are miraculous births that are recorded: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Hannah and Elkanah. These miraculous births show forth God’s power and show that He will always be faithful to His promise to bring one from the seed of the woman to crush the head of the serpent. Ultimately, these miraculous births point to the greatest of all births: Christ through the virgin Mary.
Genesis 3:15 is often recognized as the very first gospel promise. The promise states that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent. What is sometimes not appreciated is that this promise comes in the context of childbearing, thereby showing the importance of childbearing in God’s redemptive plan. The attack on traditional roles for women is, therefore, an attack on the church of Christ. Woman is saved through childbearing.
In Hebrews 12:4-13 the author shows the positive element of suffering. Because God loves you and sent his Son to die for you, the things you suffer come to you as fatherly discipline. This is a benefit of adoption that all of God’s children enjoy. If you are outside of Christ, you do not have this benefit. The author to the Hebrews says that the one who does not experience discipline from God is an illegitimate child. Why do the…
Just as God separated light from darkness on the first day of creation, so too there are two paths: one of light and one of darkness. These two paths lead to different places. The way of light leads to life, the way of darkness leads to death. In Proverbs 4:10-19 Solomon exhorts his son to stay on the path of life.
How can you run the race of faith well? The author to the Hebrews says Look to Jesus. The doctrine of Christ is the centerpiece of the letter to the Hebrews and the implications for life are clear: those who know Christ endure. He is the author and perfecter of faith, the one who died, and yet was raised from the dead and seated at the right hand of God.
In Proverbs 4:1-9 Solomon shows that he learned wisdom from his father, David, and is passing this wisdom down to his son. Solomon shows by way of example that wisdom has a generational element to it. It is passed down through godly instruction in the home. Every Christian must seek to pass along this wisdom to the next generation in the home and in the church.