Intercessory prayer is the act of praying on behalf of others. The role of mediator in prayer was prevalent in the Old Testament, in the cases of Abraham, Moses, David, Samuel, Hezekiah, Elijah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Christ is pictured in the New Testament as the ultimate intercessor, and because of this, all Christian prayer becomes intercession since it is offered to God through and by Christ. Jesus closed the gap between us and God when He died on the cross. Because of Jesus’ mediation, we can now intercede in prayer on behalf of other Christians or for the lost, asking God to grant their requests according to His will. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). “Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us” (Romans 8:34).
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Inspired means “God breathed.” It is all from God! It is all reliable! It is inerrant and infallible and eternal. It is not inspired by men or demons! All Scripture refers to the Old and New Testaments.
It is Profitable (sufficient, beneficial, and productive). Teaching here speaks of content and not style of teaching. Reproof (carries the idea of rebuking in order to convict of misbehavior or false doctrine. Correction (restore something to its original and proper condition; In Greek literature it was used of setting upright an object that had fallen down or of helping a person back on their feet. Righteousness is godly living.
John 1:14 (KJV)
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Christ became flesh. The Incarnation did take place. The Son of God was actually made flesh. He came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. There is no doubt about John’s meaning here.
The word “flesh” is the same word that Paul used to describe man’s nature with all of its weakness and tendency to sin. This is a staggering thought. Jesus Christ is God—fully God, yet Jesus Christ is man—fully man. (Cp. 1 John 4:2-3.)
“We beheld his glory.” The word “beheld” means actually seeing with the human eye. It is used about twenty times in the New Testament. There is no room whatever for saying that God becoming a man was merely a vision of some man’s mind or imagination. John was saying that he and others actually saw the Word made flesh.
As we celebrate Christmas once again, it is important to remember the importance of the Virgin Birth. The Virgin Birth is foundational to the Christian Faith. If there is no Virgin Birth, then there is no Sinless Savior, and if no Sinless Savior then no Sacrifice for Sin and if no Sacrifice for Sin then no Salvation.
The Virgin Birth is first introduced in Genesis 3:15:“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”Here we get a glimpse of the virgin birth. Technically, the seed belongs to the man. However, in the case of Mary, the mother of Jesus, she is the only woman in human history who had a seed within her that did not come from a man. Jesus was born without a male seed. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Thus you have a God/man!
The Virgin Birth is prophesied in Isaiah 7:14:“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, (1) a virgin will be with child and (2) bear a son, and she will (3) call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah, seven hundred years before Jesus’ birth, prophesied that God would one day give the world a three-fold sign: (1) a pregnant virgin (2) would have a son and (3) His name would be called Immanuel. In this passage, Isaiah adds some striking details that expand on what was stated in Genesis 3:15.