Virgin Birth Part 3

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  Galatians 4:4-5

As we continue to look at the Virgin Birth of Christ, we see what the Apostle Paul taught. Without the birth of Christ, there is no atonement for your sin. Without the atonement of your sin, there is no salvation. As the scripture says when the fulness or completion of the time has come. The virgin birth is the completion of the coming of the Messiah.

Made or Born of a woman, made or born under The Law. Its important to note Jesus was born of a virgin because he was born sinless. And he remained sinless his entire life so he can become the atonement for our sin.

To redeem us that were under the Law, Christ kept The Law perfectly (Matthew 5:17) so we can be made perfect before our Heavenly Father. This is a fact many misunderstand, The Law which is impossible for us to complete, was completed for us by Christ. Why did Jesus do this and that during his ministry, because he was fulfilling The Law for those who abide in Him

Because of the blood of Christ, because of his finished works at the cross, because of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we are made children of God. None of this is possible without the Birth of Christ, which is why the Virgin Birth is a significant event.

The Virgin Birth Part 2

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Luke 1:31-33

Continuing about the Virgin Birth, here we see the Angel Gabriel comes to Mary and gives her the prophecy of Jesus birth. Many things are revealed in this prophecy, first his name Jesus (Yeshua). This is a sacred name and should be treated as so

Second he reveals that Jesus is the Son of God and he will have a Kingdom that will reign forever! Mary knows this is the Messiah, that was prophesied about throughout the Torah for thousands of years.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? Luke 1:34

Most English translations put “Virgin” here instead of “I know not a man”. The original Greek word here is “Ginosko”

The interesting thing is this is the same word Jesus uses in Matthew 7:23 when he says “Depart from me I never KNEW (Ginosko) You….meaning he never had a relationship with us. This is the same Mary is saying she never had relations with anyone, basically identifying her Virginity

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35

So how was Jesus conceived in Mary? By the Holy Spirit who is also God. Its important to understand , Jesus wasn’t conceived by a man, he is God and was conceived into human form by God also.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. Luke 1:37

Your mind is probably racing, how can this all be? As the Angel Gabriel reminded Mary and us, Nothing is impossible with God. If God can create the Heavens and the Earth, He can certnanly conceive the Son of God in a Virgin.

The Virgin Birth Part 1

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

The virgin birth of Jesus Christ, I believe is an essential doctrine of Christianity. Why? Well first in order for Jesus to remain sinless as a human, he needed to be born without sin. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. Therefor Jesus is the Son of God, not the Son of a Man. If Jesus was conceived by a Man, then the sinful nature of that bloodline would have corrupted Christ

When we look at the Apostles Creed , we see that the Virgin Birth is stated there. Why? Because the early Church considered it to be an essential doctrine of Christianity. If the Virgin Birth wasn’t important, then it most likely wouldn’t have been listed on the Apostles Creed. The Creed is a statement of shared beliefs of a community. The Virgin Birth is also listed in other Creeds

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.

In the scriptures , Israel is under attack, however God tells the prophet Isaiah to tell King Ahaz he would send a sign of Israel’s redemption. That sign is a Son (Jesus) to be born of a Virgin. Now one of the arguments is the original Hebrew word translated as Virgin is “Haalmah”. This word can be translated as “Young girl”, “Maid”, “Damsel”, or “Virgin” There’s obviously been a lot of scholarly work done on this issue, you can research on YouTube. However most Hebrew scholars would agree the correct translation would be “Virgin” for this passage. Knowing the Jewish culture during this time, a young girl would still be a virgin if unmarried, because typically premarital sex was not common due to the strict penalties and their faith in God

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us Matthew 1:23

The Apostle Matthew documents the fulfillment of this prophecy being Jesus Christ. Now notice the title given to Christ in both of these passages “Immanuel” (Emmanuel) This title means God is With Us! Meaning God became human and lived among us (John 1:14)

 

Heart of Christmas

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

Why do people reject Christ? Why do people continue to runaway from God? Because they have hearts of stone. When you live for the flesh, your only future is death. When you live in the Spirit for Christ, your future is everlasting life. This can only happen if God has given you a spiritual heart transplant

Over 2,000 years ago, God became human and came down to live among us in Jesus Christ. The greatest gift of Grace was sent down to all of us, who is willing to receive it? Who is willing to receive Jesus Christ in their hearts? Who is willing to leave behind the old sins of the past and follow the Savior Jesus?

If you receive this gift , God will place a New Heart inside you, the Holy Spirit will live in you! This is the Heart of Christmas, to accept the greatest gift of Jesus Christ into your heart

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10

Jesus  is making all things new, including You! Receive him into your heart and let him create a clean and new heart inside you. The old Heart of Stone must first be removed,Repent and receive your Lord and Savior, the newborn King of Kings!

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8

Do you want to live in the Kingdom of God with our Lord Jesus for all eternity? If so you must receive the gift of Grace God has sent to us. Only the Pure in Heart, the ones with a renewed Heart in Christ will see God Amen!

In The Beginning

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3

Those who don’t believe Jesus is God in the flesh, they don’t know the real Jesus. Here the Apostle John explains to us how the Father and Son are One God yet separate entities. This is hard for our human minds to comprehend , but would you really expect God to be easily grasped by mere humans? If God were so simple as a piece of wood or iron, would you be in awe of him?

Charles Spurgeon writes “If Jesus isn’t God then were are all idolaters” of course I’m paraphrasing here but old Charles is right. If Jesus isn’t God why are you even a Christian? How can you come into complete worship , unless you believe Jesus is Immanuel?You can’t , because if you don’t believe Jesus is God, then you will refrain from worshipping him. Which is the rejection of Christ!

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

The Word , Jesus Christ, was made human and lived with us. Can you image God became human to live with us? To teach us his ways, to die for our sins, and to defeat death and Satan! This was prophecied throughout the Old Testament, the Seed, Immanuel, The Son called Mighty God would be born!