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Luke 1:35

Questions for Children (or anyone else)

Luke 1:35
Trinitarian: God-Man
April 7 2020

Click here for: Trinity VII Children's Worksheet

Draw a picture of Dr. Coover's special discovery being used either on a battlefield or in a workshop.

Luke 1:35  mentions all three Persons of the Trinity, but in a way that emphasizes __________________

The divine (God) nature of Jesus has precedence over his human nature

  1. The Son was a __________ before he became a man (Jn 1:14).
  2. The divine Son actively took the human nature to Himself (Heb 2:14).

Why isn't the idea of putting on a costume a good picture of the Son becoming human?

What does the Holy Spirit do to Jesus' human nature at the incarnation so that it is not a sinful nature?

What three unions sum up the Christian faith?

  1. The Union of __________________
  2. The _______________ Union
  3. The Mystical union of ________________ with Christ


Sermon Text

Luke 1:26–45 (ESV)

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,

27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.

28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”

29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,

33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.

36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.

37For nothing will be impossible with God.”

38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

39In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah,

40and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

41And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit,

42and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!

43And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

A Little Deeper

I have been reading John Owen's A Discourse Concerning the Holy Spirit, a monumental work,for another project. It's not hard to get weighed down by a 651-page book and I'm only 2/3 done. But this week I came back to his section on the Spirit's work at the incarnation, and it is sheer brilliance, hitting all the right notes. Two excerpt are below which touches on the similarity between the Spirit's work in the incarnation and regeneration and His work in the creation account. Fascinatingly, Owen notes the symbolism of Gen 1:2-3 in a not dissimilar way as we did when we considered that passage.

“The power of the Most High shall overshadow thee.” Under the secret, glorious covert hereof we may learn to adore that holy work here, which we hope to rejoice in and bless God for unto eternity. And I suppose, also, that there is in the word an allusion unto the expression of the original acting of the Holy Spirit towards the newly-produced mass of the old creation, whereof we spoke before. Then it is said of him that he was מְרַחֶפֶת, as it were “hovering” and “moving” over it for the formation and production of all things living; for both the words include in them an allusion unto a covering like that of a fowl over its eggs, communicating, by its cognate warmth and heat, a principle of life unto their seminal virtue.John Owen, The Works of John Owen, ed. William H. Goold, vol. 3 (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, n.d.), 166.

WE have formerly declared the work of the Holy Spirit in preparing and forming the natural body of Christ. This was the beginning of the new creation, the foundation of the gospel state and church. But this was not the whole of the work he had to do. As he had provided and prepared the natural body of Christ, so he was to prepare his mystical body also. And hereby the work of the new creation was to be completed and perfected. And as it was with respect unto him and his work in the old creation, so was it also in the new. All things in their first production had darkness and death upon them; for “the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep,” Gen. 1:2. Neither was there any thing that had either life in it, or principle of life, or any disposition thereunto. In this condition he moved on the prepared matter, preserving and cherishing of it, and communicating unto all things a principle of life, whereby they were animated, as we have declared. It was no otherwise in the new creation. There was a spiritual darkness and death came by sin on all mankind; neither was there in any man living the least principle of spiritual life, or any disposition thereunto. In this state of things, the Holy Spirit undertaketh to create a new world, new heavens and a new earth, wherein righteousness should dwell. And this, in the first place, was by his effectual communication of a new principle of spiritual life unto the souls of God’s elect, who were the matter designed of God for this work to be wrought upon. This he doth in their regeneration, as we shall now manifest.John Owen, The Works of John Owen, ed. William H. Goold, vol. 3 (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, n.d.), 207.

I have put together chapters 3 and 4 of book 2 here for you: Owen, Holy Spirit, Bk 2 Ch 3-4

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