All four Gospels bear witness to the supernatural person and work of Jesus Christ, but only the first and third testify explicitly to his supernatural conception and birth. The accounts given in Matthew and Luke are clearly independent of each...
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All four Gospels bear witness to the supernatural person and work of Jesus Christ, but only the first and third testify explicitly to his supernatural conception and birth. The accounts given in Matthew and Luke are clearly independent of each other, but both unambiguously affirm that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, through the direct action of the Holy Spirit and without the intervention of a human father.
^Luke's Gospel is notable for its distinctive songs, strikingly reminiscent of the Psalms. Chief among these are Mary's song, the Magnificat, Zechariah's song, the Benedictus, the Angels' song, the Gloria in excelsis, and Simeon's song, the Nunc dimittis. Together, they have nourished the prayer and meditation of countless Christians, and enriched the church's worship. They are full of prophetic hope, eager expectation, and joyful thanksgiving. God's great redemptive work is moving to its climax with the birth of the Saviour, Jesus, Son of the Most High. Luke's 'gospel of the incarnation' was good news to all who, like the representatives of the old Israel, looked for Messiah's first advent; it is good news to all who, today, look for his second.
^^Preached in Geneva between October 1559 and March 1560, Calvin's sermons on the nativity story are the fruit of almost twenty-five years of gospel ministry. Here we see Calvin the faithful pastor expounding the text and applying it with passion and vigour to his congregation by means of persuasion, exhortation, admonition and rebuke. Robert White's excellent translation transports the reader back to St Peter's Cathedral, Geneva, where Calvin can be heard - or overheard - preaching on issues of perennial importance to all Christian men and women.
John Calvin, born in 1509 and designated for the Catholic priesthood by his father, became the great French Protestant reformer famous for his doctrine of predestination and his theocratic view of the state. In Geneva, he rejected Papal authority, established a new scheme of civic and ecclesiastical governance, and created a central hub from which Reformed theology was propagated. He engaged in long bitter struggles over the independence of the Church from the State and the rules he tried to impose on Geneva as a whole. The Institutes of the Christian Religion, one of the most famous theological books ever published established Calvin's system of doctrine and Church which has shaped more minds and entered into more nations than that of any other reformer. When he died in Geneva in 1564, he left both a city and a world transformed by the impact of his ideas and beliefs. - Publisher.
Robert S. White is a Professor of Geophysics at Cambridge University, England; Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion; and a Fellow of The Royal Society, the UKs national academy of science. He is co-author with Denis Alexander of Beyond Belief: Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges and with Nick Spencer Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living. He serves on Great Britain's National Committee of Christians in Science.