The Virgin Birth

The Virgin Birth

Non-belief in the virgin birth leaves us with serious consequences as to who the person of Christ is. If His life as recorded in the Gospels and referred to in the Epistles is miraculous and His exit from death also miraculous then belief in the virgin birth must be a reality. Sinlessness demands a miraculous origin.

“The angel answered and said unto her (Mary), The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee; wherefore also that which is to be born shall be called holy, the son of God” (Luke 1:35).

This conception by the Holy Spirit is only the beginning of a series of unexplainable human facts that lasted over a period of thirty years.

At the dawn of human life and the tragic consequences of the fall of man came a remarkable prophetic statement by the Creator. “I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (Eve) between thy seed and HER seed….” (Genesis 3:15). The normal course of generation is through the seed of the man, but it is quite clear from Matthew’s account of the angel’s visitation to Joseph that the conception of his betrothed had already taken place. There is no way that an earthly human, however noble, could father the eternal Son of God. Hence his devastation at the news that the one he loved and trusted was expecting a child caused a distraught Joseph to seek a quiet divorce. However all changed when the angel in a dream told him: “Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which IS (already) conceived in her IS of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:20).

This is a most remarkable and fundamental statement of the saintly state of motherhood and the sanctity of marriage. It was necessary that it should be a virgin birth, but that could not take place until they were married! This sets the divine seal on a man and a woman union before the birth of a child.

The Incarnation of the Son of God speaks also of the original creation of the first Adam. Created in the image of God he, nevertheless, became the head of a fallen race. This does not in any way affect the Creator’s original design and neither before or after was there a more noble creation. Now, the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church in Corinth calls Jesus, Son of God, the “Last Adam” eternally in human form.

Furthermore, the angel when explaining to the virgin girl that the word “holy” would characterise this child. No one before Him or since has been born “holy” and certainly no one ever born, apart from this One has been called “Son of God” That speaks of preexistence. God is eternal. His Fatherhood is equally eternal. If there is an eternal Father then the son MUST be eternal. We must remember that the full mystery of the birth of this One was not revealed prior to (by the Jewish prophets and now the angel) or at His birth. His mother Mary was not given the full story. The whole truth, including preexistence would be manifested in His life, work, claims, death, resurrection, ascension, present ministry and coming again would be expanded upon and corroborate His own statement “I came out (from beside – equality of deity) from the father, and am come into the world, again I leave the world and go unto the Father” (John 16:28).

The oft repeated and well known trio of confirmation of the sinlessness of the Lord Jesus is reserved to His apostles: “He DID no sin…” (1 Peter 2:22); “He KNEW no sin…” (2 Corinthians 5:21); “IN HIM WAS no sin….” (John 3:5). His very nature, mind set and actions are untainted, untarnished and unspotted! Well might Pilate say “I find no fault in this man!” Belief in the absolute perfection of this One and belief in His miraculous conception stand or fall together. To believe that in the smallest degree that the “holiness” of Jesus was not an inseparable part of His nature would condemn Him as a sinner in need of regeneration. In another context the apostle Paul’s denial is none too strong: GOD FORBID!

It is exhilarating to contemplate that after completing the work of redemption that He had come to accomplish He now shares in that body, glorified, a place at His Father’s right hand in Majesty in the heavens. And wonderful too, it is that in a coming day the redeemed people of all ages will share in that glory!

I close this brief study of a great and undeniable truth by quoting the late Professor James Orr: “A sinless man is as much a miracle in a moral world as the virgin birth is a miracle in the natural world.”



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