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    The Knowledge of Emmanuel – Part 2

    Isa.7: 11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

    12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

    13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

    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

     

    Math.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” Math 1:

     

    In the part 1 of this meditation, we have indicated that fear came upon king Ahaz because of what the king of Syria and that of Israel planned to do to Judah through invasion.

    And in verse 11, in order to reassure Ahaz that He God will protect him from their planned attach, He said .

    “11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. In other words, tell me what I can use to prove to you that I will surely protect and defend you from hands of your enemies. The reply of the king was  ”… I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD”.

     

    And so the lord said, if you will not ask for a sign from me, I am going to give you one and here it is …

    “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel”

    Futherrmore, that by the time this child is weaned and knows right from wrong, the two kings you fear so much-the kings of Israel and Syria -will both be dead. Verses 15-16

     

    So, again this is the background to the promise of the virgin giving birth to a son whose name shall be called Emmanuel as a sign to king Ahaz to take away his fears.

    The prophetic words of Priest Zachariah at the birth of John confirm this to us that we who have come to know the Lord as Emmanuel are truly being delivered from the fear of men and everything that obstructs us in the worship of our God the Father. Hear him prophesied as it relates to the birth of Jesus.

     

    Luke 1: 67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,

    68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

    69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;….

    71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;…..

    74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

     

    This then is the Emmanuel factor in our worship and life. To live and serve God without fear

     

    IM-MENU-EL; literally, means the STRONG GOD WITH US: Now what is the true meaning of this in the New Testament for us and to us.. It is simply

    ‘the Word which was God-was made flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth’ ( John 1:1,14). In other words, the strong invisible God was made manifest in the flesh..

    1Tim. 3:16. 16 “ And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

     

    This then is the full mystery of the meaning of the name ‘Emmanuel’.  This is what we are called to see and understand, Emmanuel,God with us, it implies that God incarnated, took on him the human nature.

     

    Paul sharing this thought said…Rom.1: 3 “Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

     

    His being born as the seed of David is the God incarnating as man..’Emmanuel’. And so we are told

    “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. ” 1 John.4:2-3.

     

    In other words, the antichrist spirit will not accept the fact that God became man and lived amongst us as the Jesus Christ. it simply means therefore whosoever will not believe or accept the fact that the word again can be made flesh in the believer is the antichrist. If we can’t live up to ‘flesh’ the word in our daily lives and in the world, then we are manifesting the spirit of the antichrist. We are called to make the word flesh again, that is the meaning of Emmanuel, the strong God is with us.

     

    Let us  understand that ‘Emmanuel’;  was not just the  common name of Christ or his surname,  but rather this name  points out his nature and office; as He is God incarnate, and dwells by his Spirit in the hearts of his people.

     

    Maybe scriptures like Isa.43:6-7 will begin to make more sense to us..

     

    “I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; .Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him”

     

    It is man that is made in the image and Glory of God who lost it through the fall.  And so “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past”( Eccl..3:15).

     

    That which is past , which is required, is the restoration man to his dominion mandate, back from the realm of decay and corruption through Adam. For Adam WAS the son of God, (Luke.3:38) But Christ IS the son of God.( Mtah.16:16).

     

    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”.( 2Cor.5: 17).

     

    This is the revelation of the Emmanuel dimension in the believer. The new creation man.

    Again,  this union of the Divine and human nature is what is termed a sign or miracle, (twaoth), i.e. talking of that which goes beyond the power of nature to produce.

    Therefore, this miraculous union of the divine with the human nature should be perfected in a divine way, i.e. a virgin bringing forth. And this miraculous union was to be brought about in a miraculous way, a sign indeed!.

    So, we found  the fulfillment of Gen. 3:15; “The seed of the woman shall bruise the head of the serpent,”

    It is the seed of the woman without the impute of the man that shall bruise the head of the serpent. Meaning the incorruptible nature of God coming in union with us destroys the power and source of the serpent, the deceptive spirit within our being. Resulting in ‘old things being passed away and all things becoming new’. Because of Emmanuel, the strong God is with us.

     

    To be continued…

     

    ©2016 –  Dr. David O. Ogaga

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    The knowledge of Emmanuel – Part 1

    What is Emmanuel and who is Emmanuel to us as believers. How do we relate to the Father God? How much of the Emmanuel dimension of the Christ do we really know? The prophetic word by the angel sent to Joseph while he thought to put away Mary privately with good intention for her becoming pregnant without the knowledge of a man was..

     

    :21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. {JESUS: that is, Saviour, Heb}

    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” Math 1:

     

    Now can’t you see the church know the lord so much as Jesus, the one that came to save us from our sins and nothing much about the lord Emmanuel?

     

    When all that we present to the believer is JESUS that came  to save us from our sins, and no true knowledge of the Emmanuel dimension, do we really expect the church to come to maturity? Is it a surprise today that the church is intimidated by messages  of the power of the devil, and so producing very intimidated and cowed believers because we know very little of the Emmanuel dimension of the presence of God ?

    Can’t we see that all our prayers are based on fear and not faith because we lack the knowledge of the Emmanuel, the second Grace, if i may use the word, of God? Saving us from our sins is based on Grace, what about living out our freedom in the power of him being with us. Why do you think Christians walk with so much fear in them, even though they are saved from their sins. Yet the word says the righteous are as bold as a lion.Prov.28:1. It is the missing knowledge of the Emmanuel dimension in our teaching and worship.

     

    The word of the angel to Joseph is “thou shalt call his name JESUS” But as fulfilling the prophecy.. “they shall call his name Emmanuel,”. From a “thou” .singular to a “They” plural. Speaking of what the church ought to truly know the Father as..

    Meaning our relationship to him should go beyond just knowing the Father as the one that saved us from our sins (Jesus) to the one who is presently abiding with us, Emmanuel.

    This knowledge takes us from the realm of just a poor sinner saved by grace to a faith based work and walk  with the lord on the earth without any form of intimidation, fear and doubts leading to unbelieve.

     

    I remembered a few years ago flying to South Africa for a meeting from Nigeria, and at the point of take off,  here was a lady behind me praying in tongues and wouldn’t even give you the peace, this she repeated when the announcement came from the Pilot that we are about descending to Johannesburg  . I began to wonder what the trouble was. And the lord spoke to me and said. ‘son so many know me as Jesus but few know me as Emmanuel’.

    Meaning the reason for all of those prayers and noise was based on the fear of death. Her thought was, ‘God don’t allow the devil crash this plane while am inside’.

    Can you see what I mean? Should this be the way we live our lives as believers on a daily bases after many years of coming to the lord? Only the true knowledge of God as Emmanuel can deliver us from this intimating spirit of the fear of death from the so called devil the supposed Christians hangman?.

     

    Now, the background to this prophetic word to Joseph about his wife Mary is found in Isa 7:1-15.

    It was a time at which the kingdom of Judah, under the government of Ahaz, was reduced very low.  Pekah, king of Israel, had slain in Judea 120,000 persons in one day, and carried away captives 200,000, including women and children, together with much spoil.

    To add to their distress, Rezin, king of Syria, being in a league with Pekah, had taken Elath, a fortified city of Judah, and carried the inhabitants’ away captive to Damascus.

    No, because of this, king Ahaz was afraid that the enemies who were now united against him will prevail to destroy Jerusalem, and the kingdom of Judah, and so annihilate the family of David!

    That was what led to God given this prophecy to king Ahaz of Judah. It was as a result of fear and God was only trying to reassure the king that He God will protect and deliver him from the hands of the enemies..The Emmanuel dimension of God…

     

    To be continued…

    © 2016 –  Dr. David O. Ogaga

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