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Born from Israel to Redeem the World

By Brian Arnold | December 22, 2021

The stage was set. The world was waiting for a Savior. And Jesus entered in quietly, almost unnoticed, in a little stable in a little town. Christianity was born through a Jewish Savior. But he didn’t come right away. He didn’t come after Adam sinned or after God chose Abraham. He didn’t come after David…

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Born into the Greco-Roman World

By Brian Arnold | December 20, 2021

The Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus was born at the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4). In the last post, we looked at why Jesus was born at the right time theologically—God, in his providence, allowed sin to increase so that we would see our need for a Savior. But, historically speaking, God was up to…

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Born in the Fullness of Time

By Brian Arnold | December 15, 2021

Have you ever wondered why Jesus came when he did? Why didn’t the Father send Jesus just after Adam and Eve sinned? Or why not in 500 BC or 500 AD? Why send him around the year 4 BC? In writing to the Galatians, Paul slips in an interesting argument for Christmas: But when the fullness…

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How Jesus’ Two Names Show the Wonder of Christmas

By Brian Arnold | December 4, 2020

Over the next four weeks, Phoenix Seminary faculty will post reflections on the stories of Jesus’ birth from the four Gospels. Dr. Brian Arnold, President of Phoenix Seminary, begins the series with a reflection from the Gospel of Matthew. God saves One of my favorite parts of Matthew’s birth narrative is that Joseph is given…

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