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The Birth Of Christ

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

Luke 1:30-35 -- So the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.” Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God. 

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BORN OF A VIRGIN

The fact that Jesus was born of a virgin is central to Christian belief. It is not negotiable, disputed, or subjective. Why?

To begin, the Bible states that Jesus was born of a virgin. Read Luke's gospel story above. Mary undoubtedly knew that the angel was informing her that she would get pregnant by a miracle - which is why she inquired, "How can this be, seeing as I have never met a man?" 

Second, Isaiah foretold the virgin birth. Numerous intellectuals have attempted to undermine this passage, yet there is no doubt about its fulfilment in Luke. Thus, we understand what it means: A virgin will deliver a child who will be God - a child whose name means, "God with us."

So, we see straight once that denying the virgin birth is equivalent to denying the Bible's inspiration. You cannot have both. The virgin birth is taught in the Bible. Amen.

However, there is an even more compelling reason why the virgin birth is critical. If Jesus is God Incarnate, the virgin birth must be true. Therefore, the Savior's identity is dependant upon his virgin birth. There are three contradictions, but only one Truth.

How is this so? Consider this. Assuming you accept that Jesus Christ lived at all – and practically no one today does – then there are only three potential scenarios for His birth.

SCENARIO ONE

To begin, If one believed that He just appeared - manifested physically as a baby in a manger. This is not believed by anybody. None of them, not even the Gnostics. They preached that Jesus was a human being into whom God the Son entered at his baptism and exited just before his crucifixion. 

Evidence? None. However, no one believed it. Thus, the notion that a newborn Jesus just manifested in a manger is a ridiculous assumption.

SCENARIO TWO

Second, some believe that Jesus, like the rest of us, was born of two parents - the union of a male and female. However, if that is the case, He was born "in Adam" and has the same sinful nature as the rest of us. This would imply that He did not lead a blameless, sinless life and hence could not have been the spotless Lamb of God who bore the world's sin. 

And, this would indicate the absence of a Savior. Indeed, if Jesus had been born of two parents, He would never have been God come in the flesh as a man. He could not have existed before His immaculate birth. As a result, He would be merely a man and not God.

Naturally, this is the theory held by those who reject Jesus as God. Sure, they think He was born as an ordinary and a nice person; and a wonderful teacher and was killed. However, they maintain that He did not rise from the grave. 

NOT THE RESURRECTION

You will discover that individuals who reject the virgin birth virtually uniformly doubt the resurrection. And Sure, both are necessary if Jesus is the Son of God. Neither of these can be true if, as they maintain, He was only a man.

Surprisingly, some people may reject what the Bible plainly says about Jesus - His virgin birth and resurrection – and yet think He was a respectable and a good man– despite the fact that they are reading the same Bible they claim is lying about Jesus' very identity. 

They arbitrarily chose. In that situation, why should anybody accept what the Bible teaches? However, individuals do so. Unbelief is always inconsistent.

EXPERIENCE

Many years ago, I received a few tracts from a cult who felt Jesus was God and even their Saviour but denied He was born of a virgin. This group was sure that the virgin birth myth was derived from ancient old faiths. 

The person from this group gave me all of the documentation he had compiled to verify it. I can assure you that I am aware of such statements, as well as the fact that ancient faiths sometimes preached virgin birth. However, to assert that this is the source of Christianity's concept is total foolishness has no foundation in truth and is really the result of disbelief.

The reality is that beginning with Genesis 3:15, God most certainly indicated that the Saviour would be born of a virgin. The ancients may have derived it directly from God's people's stories, which were handed down orally or in written form to generations rather than vice versa - similar to how so many ancient civilisations taught about an ancient flood of some kind. 

Genesis 3:15 -- And I will put hostility between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; her offspring will attack your head, and you will attack her offspring’s heel.”

However, it is unsurprising that the virgin birth, although a miracle, is mentioned in ancient faiths. It would undoubtedly occur to anybody desiring to build a make-believe religion – and would surely be utilised by Satan to dilute and corrupt this wonderful Truth. Wherever the occult exists, Satan seems to use fragments of the true Truth - almost as if mocking it.

Yet, this man who brought me all of this material he wrote about Jesus being God but not being born of a virgin believed he had discovered something and was very proud of it. Yet, he was deceived. Jesus Christ could not be God if He was the result of human procreation. 

He could not possibly exist prior to creation. This gentleman never answered the question of how a human being created by two people might have become God. Impossible. This was blasphemy.

What made this individual remarkable was that he vowed on his life that he was rescued and saved due to his trust in Christ. When I explained that this was impossible due to his denial of Christ's own identity, he kind of "forgave" me for my comment. 

But, the Bible is explicit,

2 John 1:9-11 -- Everyone who goes on ahead and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in this teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not give him any greeting, because the person who gives him a greeting shares in his evil deeds.

This section has something pretty significant. God is not warning people that they either accept the Truth about Jesus or face eternal damnation. He is not advising us to only ignore those who disagree with our teachings - the truth from scripture - because they have a different perspective. It is much more than that.

John is stating the obvious: If someone does not know who Jesus Christ is, they cannot have accepted Him as Savior. Why? Because if you are saved, you are saved as a result of how you see Christ - your vision and perspective of Him as the only Saviour, Lord, and the Lamb of God. Is there anything else we can see?

If Christianity were merely a question of adhering to a set of principles and rules, this would be a minor issue. However, in order to be saved, you must commit your life to Christ and place your faith in what He has accomplished by His death and resurrection. 

You must first understand "who He is". Hence, it is a contradiction to assert that one may be saved while denying Jesus is God. You are saved by acknowledging and accepting that Jesus is God. There is no other way. I repeat - none whatsoever.

DOCTRINE OF CHRIST

The apostle John was a man who taught his teachings seriously. When we refer to "Christ's doctrine," we are referring to the basic core and meaning of Christianity. Such distortions are not permitted in the church. Please re-read the text. John is serious about this. The context says it all.

But, these truths are not preached, much less taken seriously, in our day and age of cosmetic fake conversions with lip service sinners prayers. We cannot be saved until we accept the true Jesus - the Christ. This is not to say that we must be conversant with all of Christ's theology or with the more in-depth components of the Redemption. 

That will come as we mature in Christ. However, we must understand that Jesus Christ is God's Son, who died for us, and who is God Incarnate, our Saviour. Otherwise, where will our faith and conviction be placed?

REVELATION AND ROCK

Let us examine Matthew 16. Peter declared Jesus to be the Christ and the Son of the living God. Jesus informed him that it was not flesh and blood who revealed this to him, but the Father. Salvation, too, needs this insight - as Jesus said, "It is upon this Rock – the revelation of Myself – that the church, the saints, will be built." 

Matthew 16:16 -- Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Christianity is ultimately the revelation of Jesus Christ. So, to be a Christian, one must have received and believed in that revelation - at least in part. Distorting the Truth about Jesus Christ entails distorting both the revelation and in turn Christianity itself. 

If you wind up with a religion that is not based on the doctrine of Christ in word, spirit and truth, then it is something else entirely — heresy and an erroneous belief.

THE REALITY

The virgin birth is important truth because, like all of Christianity's basic truths, if it is omitted, Christianity ceases to exist. It is that critical and non-negotiable. So, we arrive at our third probable explanation for Jesus' birth: He was born of a virgin - just as the Bible states. This is the only way He could have become God.

However, how did this miracle occur? What I mean is that Jesus was in heaven one minute and in Mary's womb the next. What caused this, and what does it mean?

To be sure, everything occurred exactly as I stated earlier: From the viewpoint of our time and space, Jesus was the Word of God in heaven and then in Mary's womb the next minute. That is correct. He had "become" that spark of life in her womb. 

This did not occur as a consequence of human reproduction or any other kind of reproduction act. Rather than that, the Word of God was lowered from God Almighty to the smallest spark of human existence and supernaturally implanted into the womb of Mary in the twinkling of an eye by the Holy Spirit. This was the only possible scenario.

Luke 1:35 -- The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.

Indeed, it is critical that everything occurred in this manner. Why? Because Jesus could not have stopped existing as the Word of God from eternity. He was required to preserve His individuality or selfhood. Thus, it was simply a question of the everlasting Word of God "becoming flesh" in an instant. 

He had to maintain His Nature and Character while "becoming" life in the womb of Mary. There is just no other way for it to operate realistically – and there was no other way for Jesus to actually become a man.

Can we possibly comprehend what the Word of God gave up in order to become one of us? He was reduced to the tiniest speck of human existence - he relinquished all awareness and status as God. 

Naturally, He continued to "be God", since, as I previously said, He could not cease to be who He was. However, He was stripped of everything else and had absorbed all that a human person is.

As Jesus matured as a man, the truth that He existed prior to His human birth and that He was Divine became a part of Him — He developed into all He was by nature. However, let us discuss relinquishment. Jesus gave up all for us. And we have not even begun to discuss His death on the Cross.

Philippians 2:5-8 -- You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, ​who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross!

This is an excellent summary of the virgin birth and much more. And it is upon it that not only Jesus' status as God is established but also the Redemption itself.

Because Jesus Christ was "God incarnate," a virgin birth was required. Additionally, it demonstrates that Jesus alone is the Way to God – just as He said. For only God, the Son could bear the world's sin and effect a redemption available to all humanity.

ORIGINATING FROM OUTSIDE

Jesus Christ was not born into this earth — He did not have two human parents. Rather than that, He was born from the outside - from the Spirit into this world. Sure. That is the only possibility — because He existed prior to His incarnation. And that is the only possible if He were God "become flesh" - a human being.

Surprisingly, another miracle, the Resurrection, confirmed this virgin birth miracle. The resurrection established Jesus Christ's divinity. Thus, Jesus entered our world from the outside — through a virgin birth – which was a miracle. However, He returned to our earth by another miracle, the resurrection from the dead, ushering in a new creation.

We are the best evidence for both the virgin birth and the resurrection. Christianity is the presence of "Christ living in us." This, according to the apostle John, is the most conclusive proof of all:

1 John 5:9-13 -- If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that he has testified concerning his Son. (The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has testified concerning his Son.) And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Christianity is not just a dogmatic or theological viewpoint. Not at all. Christianity is the presence of "Christ living in us." And then all of our theology will have a living manifestation of Christ in every believer's life.

Blessings,

Godwin.

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