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Sunday, 16 August 2015 14:13

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… for it is written: `Be holy, because I am holy’…(1 Peter 1:16, the Holy Bible).

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OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES ABOUT JESUS: The Old Testament prophecies made by the prophet Isaiah about God coming to earth in the form of a “baby boy”, conceived and delivered by a human virgin woman, found fulfillment in the New Testament narration made in the Book of Matthew, particularly Matthew 1:18-25.

The story from the foregoing verses in Matthew revolves around the discovery by a descendant of King David named Joseph that the young woman he was engaged to be married with, whose name was Mary, was already pregnant, even if they hadn’t slept together yet.

The righteous man that he was, not wanting to disgrace Mary, Joseph planned on quietly divorcing her, but then an angel of God appeared to him and dissuaded him from doing so, telling him the “baby boy” was special because He was conceived from the Holy Spirit, and would be named “Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

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NEW TESTAMENT CONFIRMS OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES ABOUT JESUS: But the narration in Matthew 1 did not stop in saying that Jesus was to be born of Mary. In its verses 22 and 23, Matthew 1 confirmed that the virgin conceiving and giving birth to the “baby boy”, whose name was going to be “Jesus”, actually represented the fulfillment of what Isaiah prophesied.

Thus, here is what verses 22 and 23 of Matthew 1 said: “…All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: `The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’, (which means `God with us’)...”

Verses 22 and 23 therefore leave no doubt at all that the birth of Jesus by Mary was the very coming of God to earth which was prophesied to happen by Isaiah in Isaiah 7:14, 9:2 and 6 of the Bible. These verses therefore prove beyond the shadow of doubt that Jesus, the “baby boy” who was conceived by, and born from, Mary the virgin, was the “boy… who will be called… Mighty God, Everlasting Father…”

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JESUS, THE HOLY GOD: Luke 1:26-38 is another part of the Bible that confirms Isaiah’s prophecies. Here, believers are told of the same story of the virgin named Mary who was engaged to be married with her fiancée, a descendant of King David named Joseph, although the focus here is more on her, particularly on her becoming pregnant with, and giving birth to, a “baby boy”.

Luke 1:26-38 tells us why Mary was chosen to be the vessel by which God is going to come into this world: she was highly favored with God. There is no indication among these verses why Mary found favor with God, but it is safe to conclude that Mary must have been among God’s people who was considered righteous by the standards of that time, which was full obedience to His laws.

Then, the words of the angel Gabriel left no doubt about who her “baby boy” would be, when he said, in Luke 1:35, that the “baby boy” would be “holy”. Gabriel’s reference to the baby boy as “holy” actually reflected God’s claim that He is “holy”, which is found in many verses, notably, 1 Peter 1:16 in the New Testament, and Leviticus 11:44-45, and 19:2 in the Old Testament.

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