Monday, April 10, 2017

Why The Virgin Birth Of Jesus Christ Matters

  • Discussion:
          -Many of us are familiar with the biblical narrative of the miraculous conception of the Lord Jesus Christ in Mary's womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14) and attested to in the New Testament (Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:27-36).
          -Scripture records events which took place within that same time period such as the Angel Gabriel's appearance to Mary, the baby needing to be taken out of Israel due to King Herod wanting to exterminate Him, the visit from shepherds, and the gifts of the Magi (which were gold, frankincense, and myrrh).
  • Two Things That People Need To Recognize:
          -A supreme deity (God) can make anything happen.
          -The virgin birth is a fundamental doctrine of the Christian religion.
  • Four Reasons Why We As Christians Must Embrace The Virgin Birth:
          -The Heavenly "Origin" Of Jesus Christ
            *Jesus has no biological parents. In other words, He is eternal (John 1:1-3). He has no beginning or end. He is the Son of God. If Joseph, Mary's husband, was Jesus Christ's biological father, then He could not possess any divine attributes that Scripture ascribes to Him. He most certainly could not be God, as He oftentimes asserted. If Christ is not God, then He could not save us from the eternal consequences of sin. If He could not atone four our sins, then we could never receive forgiveness from God. And if we cannot be forgiven for sin, then we are destined for eternal condemnation in hell.
          -The Sinless Nature Of The Lord Jesus Christ:
            * If Jesus had a biological father, then He would in reality be just like everybody else. He would not in any way be different than we are. In other words, He would have our same inherent sinful nature. He would be infected with original sin, just like we are. However, the Scriptures enforce the sinlessness of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:22; 1 John 3:5). If Jesus was the son of Joseph (meaning of his seed), then His sinlessness would simply be a myth.
          -The Perfect Sacrifice Of Jesus Christ:
             *If Jesus Christ is not sinless, then it would have been impossible for Him to make the necessary atonement sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. Jesus needed to be sinless for our justification because only a perfect sacrifice for sin will satisfy the wrath of God (Exodus 12:5; Hebrews 10). Atonement for sin requires a perfect substitute. If He was a sinner like everybody else, then He could not save us from our sins. The entire purpose of Jesus Christ coming down from heaven to earth was for the redemption of sinners (Galatians 4:4-5). The doctrine of the virgin birth is a fundamental doctrine of Christianity because it directly relates to the salvation of our souls.
          -The Uniqueness Of The Lord Jesus Christ:
            *Just as nobody is able to resurrect and depart from this world as Christ did, nobody other than Him can be born in the same manner (without the need of sexual intercourse). He was conceived into Mary's body through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, the earthly life of the Lord Jesus Christ is a miracle in itself.

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