Why the word “holy” is in front of bible on our bibles
Jesus Christ is the person of the GOOD NEWS
Romans 1:3-4
Rivers of Joy Baptist Church
Charles E. Whisnant
Pastor and Teacher
September 27, 2009

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              Johnny Edwards singing for ROJBC Pastor/Teacher Charles E. Whisnant Today

Video of the Message is in four parts GROWBYLEARNING.COM.

Note the notes from September 20, 2009 beginning with



Romans 1:3-4 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Verses 3.

  •  Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord — the grand burden of this "Gospel of God."
  •  made of the seed of David — as, according to "the holy scriptures," He behooved to be. (Mt 1:1)
  • according to the flesh — that is, in His human nature (compare Rom 9:5, John 1:14)); implying, of course, that He had another nature, of which the apostle immediately proceeds to speak.
    • Jesus: i.e. Savior
    • Christ: i.e. Anointed One
    • Lord: i.e. Sovereign Ruler

Romans 9:5, Philippians 2:6, Colossians 2:9

"This is life eternal, that (mankind) might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent" (John 17:3). Clearly, if we are to have any hope of life to come, we need to know the truth about the person and the significance of Jesus Christ.


Our Wednesday night study on Creation has given us a little insight into this Trinity of the Godhead. We have learned that the Trinity has been since before the foundation of the Universe. God has always been as well as the Son and the Holy Spirit. For they made plans for all eternity before there was time.

Since the plan of God was from before the foundation of the world, I would say that that the Son existed at the same time. The role in which the Son played is up for discussion.

“Who was made of the seed of David.” Vs 3

  • The inspired Paul makes remarkable use of the Old Testament to show that the gospel was something which David, the man who slew Goliath, knew about.
  • In 1 Chronicles 17:26 David says the following to God: 26 And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:

Christ did not come into existence when He was born. He always existed. In the incarnation, He simply took the role of a SON.

Jesus wasn’t created. He became, or made of the SEED of David according to the flesh. He made the transition from His superior position with GOD to the humiliation position of dwelling with sinful man as a man Himself in the ROLE of the SON

  •  Hebrews 1:5a “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
  • There was a day in which the second person of the trinity assumed the role of a Son.
  • “I will be”, it said, There will be a day that the 1st person of the Trinity will act as the Father, and the 2nd person of the Trinity will be in the role of a SON.


  •  2 Samuel 7:14b “ I will be his father, and he shall be my son “
  •  Philippians 2 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross

Here is my understanding:

· God has given us adequate revelation and we are morally bound to teach and preach what God has revealed. We need to teach the doctrine of the Trinity.

· In Heaven eternal, the relationship of the Trinity was?

· Has the relationship with the Trinity always been the same in all eternity?

Here is what I will say now: At the incarnation, God was born man, took on the title of Christ, and took on the role or function as a Son, in the flesh.

· John 17: 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

· It is very important to preserve in the translation the past tense, used in the original, otherwise it might be thought that the work already "finished" was only what He had done before uttering that prayer; In other words the work that God wanted to be accomplished in as Son as man, in flesh was finished.

· John 1:1,14 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

· “In fact, many aspects of these truths may remain forever inscrutable, but this basic understanding of the eternal relationships within the Trinity nonetheless represents the best consensus of Christian understanding over many centuries of Church history. I therefore affirm the doctrine of Christ’s eternal sonship while acknowledging it as a mystery into which we should not expect to pry too deeply.”

The Old Testament picture of the lineage from David to Christ is by no means complete. This deficiency is more than met by the New Testament genealogies. Of particular interest are the dual lines of Joseph and Mary which connect with David. The genealogies are best explained by referring the genealogy of Matthew to Joseph and the genealogy of Luke to Mary. Thus interpreted, Joseph is seen to descend from David through Solomon and the line of the kings of Judah. Mary is found in the line from David through David’s son Nathan. This detail is a striking fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. To David God had promised both the continuance of his seed and his throne forever (2 Sam 7:12-16).

· To Solomon, David’s son, God promised that his throne and kingdom would continue forever, but the record is silent in the prediction concerning Solomon’s seed. This is given further light in the apostasy of the kings of Judah. Jehoiakim, king of Judah, is solemnly cursed because of his sin and the Scriptures declare: “He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David; and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity…” (Jer 36:30-31). Coniah, his son (also known as Jehoiachin and Jeconiah), was carried off captive when Jerusalem fell and the line of the kings of Judah ends in him (cf. Jer 22:30).

· The problem is immediately apparent: How can God fulfill His promise to David if this line is cut off? The answer is that the kingly line of the Messiah is preserved through Nathan rather than through Solomon and his descendants. Hence, in the New Testament the legal right to the throne of David is passed through Solomon and Jehoiakim to Joseph and to Joseph’s legal son Christ. The physical seed, however, is passed through Nathan and Mary to Christ. Thus the promises to both David and Solomon are literally fulfilled in and through Jesus Christ. It is at once a striking illustration of the accuracy of the prophetic Word, God anticipating the defection of the kings of Judah and their curse, and at the same time a confirmation of the virgin birth. If Jesus had been the physical son of Joseph, He would have been disqualified by the curse upon Jehoiakim.

· The records of Scripture provide, then, an accurate and indisputable record of the qualifications of Christ as the inheritor of the promises to David. All conservative scholars are agreed that Christ fulfills the anticipation of these prophecies, anid even unbelieving Jews anticipate that the coming Messiah will fulfill these prophecies. The genealogies of the Jews were, of course, destroyed in the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. The New Testament records are the only ones extant which provide authentic genealogies to identify the Messiah.


About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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