Why The Virgin Birth?

Understanding Jesus – Teaching Blog 03

Before we start today’s teaching I want to explain that it’s my teaching style to seek out the truth and answer the important “Why?” questions. And you will discover the same teaching style in all my Bible studies and curriculums because I want you to know more than just what happened. I want you to know why and how things happened in the Bible. I want you to understand how these events affect your life and what makes you a significant part of God’s plan for humanity. Well, with this in mind, today we are going to study the conception and birth of Jesus Christ because we celebrate His birth at Christmas but the real miracle, the real life changer, was His conception. So let’s ask the question: “Why the virgin birth?” Once you can answer that question then you can understand why Jesus was the only way for us to receive salvation.

You see, the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and Jesus was born outside of Adam’s transgression. This had to happen, otherwise Jesus would be born in sin (as we are) and He would have been unrighteous to God (as we are). The conception of Jesus was not normal, so let’s think about something here – what makes an event a miracle? Well, a miracle is something that is done outside of the natural process of things. Therefore, the conception of Jesus was a miracle because it was done outside the normal process, but what about His birth? The birth of Jesus was normal because Mary was pregnant and brought forth a child like any other woman. She took care of herself and her unborn child by eating well and resting. Again, the real miracle was the conception and the key to this whole process of the virgin birth is that Jesus had to be born outside of Adam’s transgression. He had to born righteous to God which made Him a perfect and holy sacrifice.   

When you step back from this and think about it, Jesus is the only man in history to know His mother and father before He was born and to know how His life was going to be lived. He knew where He would be born and the timing of His birth, but He also knew the way in which He would die. I want you to understand the gravity of knowing all this because Jesus was a man. He was a human being and He experienced normal things. When He was hungry, He ate. When He was tired, He slept. When He was dirty, He washed. You see, Jesus came into the world at our creative level so we must understand that He also felt pain and humiliation on the cross. Jesus had to be a man in order to execute the plan of salvation for mankind. He left His royal position of deity and came down to earth to live among us and be part of us – all so that He could become a holy and righteous sacrifice for us!

Be blessed,


Jesus Had A Free Will

Understanding Jesus – Teaching Blog 02

Today we are going to learn about covenant in Genesis 15 where God commands Abraham to prepare a covenant. What exactly is a covenant? It is a contract between two men or two tribes or two nations that form an unbreakable bond. There are several rituals involved in sealing the agreements of the covenant. One of the rituals is generally formed in blood which makes the participants blood brothers. They swear in blood to one another. This is something in modern times that is difficult to understand, but this is the way men protected each other from outsiders or enemies. This is the way men forged relationships and this is the way God forged a covenant upon Himself for us.

Once Abraham prepares the sacrifice for the covenant a thick darkness appears and he goes into a deep sleep. God speaks over Abraham the covenant terms and blessings. While he is asleep, two entities, God the Father and the Son, pass between the sacrificial pieces. As God and Jesus walk between the pieces, God swears agreement to His Son as to the Gospel plan and its benefits to humanity. Then God leaves and on the same day Jesus completes the covenant by forging a relationship with Abraham who is our representative. This is called the hypostatic union.

2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” This verse speaks of the covenant term: in Him. Essentially our salvation is our belief in Him, in who Jesus is, what He did for us and what He represents for us to God the Father. All of this started thousands and thousands of years ago. As a matter of fact, it started thousands of years before Jesus went to the cross and died for us. This is is all possible because Jesus always existed.

You see, Jesus made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:7). Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death on the cross. I want you to understand that all the while Jesus was alive on earth as a man; He had a free will. Just like every other man, every created being, Jesus had a free will.

Here you have it – God made the plan for Jesus, God told Jesus the requirements of the plan, but Jesus had to accept the plan by His faith and in His free will. It was Jesus who died, of His own free will, for all of humanity. He humbled Himself and became a bondservant. Jesus executed the plan that God the Father designed. Think about the gravity and intensity of this plan because believe me; Jesus could have walked away from God’s plan at any time. Jesus did not have to go through dying on the cross for our salvation. Remember, Jesus did not need us – we need Jesus!

Be blessed,


Jesus Is Before All Things

Understanding Jesus – Teaching Blog 01

When you look at the Muslims you are looking at a religion where almost everyone within their religion would vote against their extremes. Christians are going to be tossed into the category of extremes and I believe that human secularism will take over and society will get rid of the extremes. I believe this way of thinking will intensify after this war because the world is going to come together and they are going to put a global contract in place that will set the stage for Antichrist. Again, this is what I believe, that this war happens first and once it does happen we will see things start to escalate very quickly. When will this war happen? It will be soon. I believe it will certainly happen in my lifetime because it is already taking shape, but it could take years before the war begins or it could take as little as two years. Also, I do not believe there is a long dispensation of time between the end of this war and before we go into the tribulation period because the stage will be set worldwide and Israel can go back to the sacrificial system.

This war is going to be the next major prophetic happening in the earth. Now, others believe differently, they feel this war happens during tribulation but remember that the first three and a half years of the tribulation are peaceful. But how will the seven years of spoil fit into seven years of tribulation because who will need to spoil once Jesus comes back? It simply doesn’t add up. I think it will take place a handful of years before we see Antichrist come onto the scene. In fact, he will probably be the one who actually brings world peace and the contract together.

We know that Antichrist will be one who signs the contract because he will be in leadership. In fact, Antichrist could be in office for ten years before things begin and we may even see him on the news but not know who he is, however, when we get to the seven years he will be there to sign the contract. This means he will already be in place because only leaders will sign this contract. I firmly believe that this is going to happen in our lifetime. I do believe this war is the first domino that falls and it brings about the seven year events.

Think about the excitement! Yes, it is a war but think about this day whether it is a year or ten years from now, you will remember back when you heard and studied this teaching because the Word of God tells us that others will see that this was taught before. With all that being said, I want you to stay encouraged because this is not a time to fear. Think of the excitement that comes from the fact that our God chose to tell us about this war and that we are going to be fighting with Israel! So be encouraged, be watchful, be alert, be prepared, and be ready, instead of being fearful in this time period because I want us to be able to work with God by faith. This means that we need to align our hearts with Him in order to work with Him and we are not to be overtaken by what is going on and the circumstances that are surrounding us! Amen.

Be blessed,


Love Me or You’re Fired!

The verses in, John 21:15-19, take place during the forty days that Jesus spent on the earth after His resurrection and Jesus asked Peter if he loves Him. Now, in the English language we lose a bit of understanding here because Jesus is saying to Peter do you agape love me, and this is different from the word that Peter used when he answered Jesus. Agape love is what we call unconditional love because it is a love that acts the same no matter what the conditions. Agape love is the word Jesus used but Peter used the word phileo love which is a conditional brotherly love. Although Peter denied Jesus three times before His crucifixion Jesus wants to start fresh and restore Peter. So, He asked if Peter loved Him unconditionally, but when Peter used phileo love, what he really said was, you know I love you but it is with conditions, right. Read more