Thursday, March 03, 2011

The Virgin Birth of Christ...

Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
[Psalm 51:5]

We believe that since Adam sinned, all born thereafter inherit a sin nature from their parents. How then was Jesus born without a sin nature? If Christ inherited a sin nature, then He was a sinner and died for His own sin. Even though Christ lived a sinless life, He would be unable to save one soul. If Christ were born without a sin nature, how was this accomplished? The Father God solved this difficult problem by what is called the 'Virgin Birth'.

The mystery of the virgin birth is to be believed, adored and accepted by Christians. The only logical answer to the dilemma is that the sin nature passed from the father to the child and not from the mother to the child. Jesus didn ot have a human father for the Holy Ghost was His Father. Mary was the mother but did not pass on a sin nature to the baby Jesus. How wonderful our God to solve this difficult problem so that we might have a Saviour who could truly redeem us from sin on the cross of Calvary.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
[Genesis 3:15]
Genesis 3:15 is the first promise of the Redeemer, given to man after his fall into sin.
The virgin birth of Christ was foretold as in the Old Testament...
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
[Isaiah 7:14]

The story of Jesus' birth can be read through this link. Just spend a few minutes to learn more about baby Jesus --> Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2The purpose of the virgin birth:
  • To reveal God No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. [John 1:18]
  • To bridge the chasm between God and man For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus [1 Timothy 2:5]
  • To save men Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. [Hebrews 2:14-15]
  • To rescue the whole creation For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. [Romans 8:19-21]

The result of denying the Deity of Christ and the virgin birth will mean that you will be a lost sinner still as salvation is closely linked to this doctrine of the virgin birth.

The mystery of the virgin birth is not fully understood by scientists because they do not accept it for it is not biologically true. As we know Jesus did not come by natural conception but by a miracle conception. Others reject it because it is miraculous. All life is a miracle, wonderful and mysterious.
The practical aspect of this doctrine of the virgin birth for us today is that we should thank God that He has found a way to bring the Saviour into the world without the taint of original sin.

Modernist theologians do not accept the doctrine. That does not alter the fact that it is true, for it is taught in the Holy Scriptures in prophecy and history.

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