John 1:18 – No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

During the advent season I like to read from Augustine’s Christmas sermons. I especially enjoy his grasp on the eternal nature of Jesus as well as His humanity. Christmas is literally when the eternal invaded the creation, God’s eternal Son entered the very world He had created. Today I want to take several of Augustine’s quotes and share my thoughts.

“We believe in him that he was born of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. Each birth of his, you see, must be considered wonderful, both that of his divinity and that of his humanity.”

Understanding the difference between being begotten or created gives us an understanding of the eternal nature of the Son of God. Jesus did not become the Son of God at His human birth, He has been with the Father as His only begotten from eternity. Jesus is not created but has eternal radiated from the Father as His only begotten Son.

“The first is from the Father without mother, the second from mother without father”

His eternal nature flows directly from the Father without a mother, His human nature came from Mary without the help of a human father.

“the first apart from all time, the second at “the acceptable time”; the first eternal, the second at the right moment”

His first birth has no beginning, He has always been emanating from the Father. His human birth was at God’s appointed time.

“the first without a body ‘in the bosom of the Father,’ the second with a body, which did not violate the virginity of his mother”

His eternal generation flows from the bosom of the Father, that place of incredible intimacy. His birth as a man in Bethlehem came from a supernatural conception. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and Jesus was conceived in her womb.

“the first without either sex, the second without a man’s embrace”

His eternal birth as God’s Son has taken place without a man or a woman, the human birth happened without the embrace of a man. Christmas is the greatest of all mysteries. God’s love displayed in His Son took on human flesh and came to live among us. Everyone who recognizes Him and receives Him becomes one of His children. Look again at the birth of Christ this Christmas. When you see that this One born in Bethlehem has existed from eternity the mystery will begin to unfold before your very eyes.

1 thought on “A CHRISTMAS WITH AUGUSTINE”

  1. AMEN PASTOR ! JESUS WAS NOT BORN THE WAY OTHERS BABIES WAS BORN. THAT’S THE MYSTERY OTHERS BABIES CAN BE BORN THE SAME WAY . BUT NOT JESUS HE ONE OF A KIND THAT’S WHY HE LORD!🙌🙌

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