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Immanuel [God With Us]

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
    She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
    which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)

Origins: From the Hebrew immanu “with us” and El “God”

Meaning: God became flesh and dwelt among us in the person of His Son Jesus (John 1:14). God’s presence with His people in the wilderness tabernacle is now “tabernacled” in the personal abiding presence of Jesus. This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14

Usage: Jesus assures His disciples He’s Immanuel in Matthew 28:20, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Not only is He with us, He lives in us (Galatians 2:20).

Application:

If you are born again Christ lives in you so that you are saved and His image will be seen in and through you. How are you working at becoming more like Christ?

Because God is with you, you will never be separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39).

When you are afraid, trust in the Lord because He is always with you. His presence overcomes your fear (Hebrews 13:5).

Christ in you is the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). When Christ returns, your body will be glorified and your body will be like His. Live with that in view so you can be unashamed when Christ returns.