For Unto Us a Son is Given

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LUKE 1 26-35
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary. 28 And the angel coming in to her said, Hail, thou who art graced! The Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. 29 But when she saw him she was disturbed by his word, and reasoned◠with◠herself what manner of greeting this was. 30 And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary; for thou hast found grace with God.31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus.32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give to Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end. 34 But Mary said to the angel, How shall this be, since I know not a man? 35 And the angel answering said to her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that which shall be born of thee Holy shall be called the Son of God.

TRUE CHRISTIAN RELIGION 766.
The Lord is present with every man, urging and pressing to be received; and His first coming, which is called the dawn, is when man receives Him, which he does when he acknowledges Him as his God, Creator, Redeemer, and Savior. From this time man’s understanding begins to be enlightened in spiritual things, and to advance into a more and more interior wisdom; and as he receives this wisdom from the Lord, he advances through morning into day, and this day lasts with him into old age, even to death; and after death he passes into heaven to the Lord Himself; and there, although he died an old man, he is restored to the morning of his life, and the rudiments of the wisdom implanted in him in the natural world grow to eternity.

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