The Eschatology of Christmas

Joy to the World

I have heard it stated more than once that Isaac Watts’ carol, “Joy to the World”, is not really a “Christmas song”.  I suppose that could be considered to be the case, if we think of Christmas as only celebrating the birth, or rather, the entering into the world, of our Lord Jesus Christ.  If we are only thinking about the “babe in a manger”, then it is not a “Christmas song”.

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The Wrath of God Revealed

Romans 1:18–23 — “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.”

Now in our study of Romans, the Apostle Paul comes to the place why the gospel of Christ is needed, and what the salvation that it is the power of God unto, is salvation from.  We read previously that in the gospel of Christ the righteousness of God is revealed, and that the just shall live by faith;  but here we read that the wrath of God is revealed.  God is righteous, but mankind, both collectively and individually, is ungodly and unrighteous.

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From Faith to Faith

Romans 1:16–17 — “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Continuing to look at these key verses in the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans, we see how the righteousness of God is revealed.  The gospel of Christ reveals the righteousness of God from faith, to faith.

What does it mean for this righteousness to be revealed from faith to faith?  Let us look to the Scriptures for the answer:

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