262. Power that overshadows.
*262. POWER THAT OVERSHADOWS.*
*'The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God."'* - ( Luke 1:35) The manner in which Jesus was *conceived* (create an embryo by fertilizing an egg) in Mary's womb is very strange and fascinating, that you can't help but marvel at the wisdom and ways of God! Though the Angels and even Adam are called the *"sons of God"* ( Genesis 6:1, Job1:6, Luke 3:37), they were all created by God but Jesus is the only *begotten of God* and therefore the only one entitled to be called the *"Son of God".* It all happened when the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and facilitated the fusion of the spoken Word of God with the ovum of Mary, thus resulting in the formation of an embryo which was implanted in her womb. ( Click on this link to read more about the *seed of the woman:* https://www.exhortationsofchrist.com/post/120-jesus-seed-of-the-woman ) And the spirit that was given to that foetus was the eternal Spirit of Him who was God and addressed as the second person of the Trinity. ( He became the Son of God only by virtue of his birth and prior to it, he was God himself. ) John summaries the whole process in these words: *'In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning ... The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and only* ( some manuscripts say *'the only Son'* or *'the only begotten'* ) *who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.'* - ( John 1:1-2,14) *'Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness* ( or God likeness ) *is great: He appeared in a body* (in the flesh), *was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.'* - ( 1 Timothy 3:16) Hallelujah!
We too are called the *"sons of God",* not because we are the progeny of Adam but because *'all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.'* - ( John 1:13). *'You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus ...'* - ( Galatians 3:26-27) *'Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba Father".'* - (4:6) The Holy Spirit has come upon us and the power of the Most High has overshadowed us and his word has fused with our spirit to give birth to the new man. *'For you have been born again, not of the perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.'* - ( 1 Peter 1:23) Truly the *mystery of rebirth* is great! Nicodemus, though being a Pharisee and a member of the Jewish ruling council ( John 3:1) and Israel's teacher ( vs 10), still did not understand that *'no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born again.'* - ( John 3: 3,5) Let the power of God overshadow us, that we might be born again and become truly the sons and daughters of God. Amen.