Preacher's Pulpit       Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Isaiah 7:14 (Prophecy); Matthew 1:22, 23 (Fulfillment)

SUBJ: THE VIRGIN BIRTH

INTRODUCTION:  The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ was begotten of the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner; born of Mary, a virgin, as no other man was ever born or ever will be born of woman, and He is both the Son of God and God the Son.  Satan tries to discredit our Savior by raising up men who deny our Lord's exclusive claim to the Virgin Birth.  But those who deny the Virgin Birth are guilty of blasphemy.  To claim that Christ was conceived illegitimately, by accusing Mary of immorality, denies the Deity of Christ and lays claim to the Bible as untrue.  Some have reported that other virgins have been known to conceive, but always brought forth a female child.  They claim that the only thing that made Jesus' conception and birth unique is that He was the only male child born of a virgin.  This report is an outright lie of the devil!  There has never been but one Virgin Birth and there will never be another.  Only Jesus Christ can claim to be born of a virgin.  There is no problem in believing the Virgin Birth of Christ if a person accepts the Bible as the true Word of God.  The Scriptures are exceedingly plain in its account of the Virgin Birth.  Those who refuse to believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ are not Christians.  They do not know Him Who to know is eternal life.  They cannot be saved since they deny this cardinal truth.  It was through natural conception and birth that we received the nature to sin.  Therefore, in order for Christ to become human and yet be without sin, God had to devise a plan to bypass the natural means of birth and give us a Savior without sin.

I. THE PRE-EXISTENCE OF CHRIST.

A. Christ's birth in Bethlehem was not His origin.  He existed in purely spiritual form throughout the eternal past.  He was manifested in Old Testament times in different ways.

B. Implied - Genesis 1:26.

C. In the planning stage for the creation of man, the plural pronouns "us" and "our" signify the Divine Trinity.  (The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.)

D. Illustrated -  Daniel 3:25.

E. The "fourth" man in the fiery furnace, no doubt, is the same person that we know as Jesus Christ.

F. Prophecy - Micah 5:2.

G. In Micah's remarkable prophecy specifying the very city where Christ would be born into the human family, the prophet declared His eternal pre-existence.

H. Declaration - John 1:1.

I. The Scripture plainly declares the fact that Christ's existence is the same as the Heavenly Father's.

J. Testimony - John 8:58; 17:5.

K. Our Savior Himself declares His Own pre-existence in the eternal past.

L. Paul's Testimony - Colossians 1:17.

M. Paul was inspired by the Spirit of God to write this truth to the Church at Colosse.

II. THE PREDICTIONS OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH OF CHRIST.

A. The most ancient prophecy - Genesis 3:15.

B. In God's statement to the serpent that beguiled Eve, the Lord declared that the woman's seed would bruise the serpent's head.  He did not say the man and woman's seed, but exclusively the woman's seed suggesting that she would conceive without the agency of man.

C. The psalmist's quotation - Psalm 2:7.

D. The psalmist quoting the Heavenly Father declared that Christ would be supernaturally begotten of the Father.

E. Isaiah's prophecy - Isaiah 7:14.

F. Isaiah was specific when he declared that Christ, Who would also be called Immanuel, would be born of a virgin.

G. Isaiah's strange expression "as a root out of a dry ground" (Isaiah 53:2) no doubt referred to the miracle of the Virgin Birth.

III. THE NATURE OF THE VIRGIN BIRTH.

A. The birth of Christ was an absolute miracle wrought by the Holy Ghost!

B. There are four ways people have become a part of the human race:

1. Adam came into the world without the agency of man or woman.  He was the product of God's direct creation - Genesis 2:7.

2. Eve came into the world through the agency of a man, but without the agency of a woman - Genesis 2:22.

3. Cain (and everyone since then, except Jesus) came into the world through the agency and union of both man and woman - Genesis 4:1.

4. Jesus came into the world through the agency of a woman, but without the agency of a man - Matthew 1:18.

B. The uniqueness of the miracle of Christ's birth - Luke 1:35.

1. Isaac, Samuel, and John the Baptist was conceived because of the Lord miraculously opening the barren wombs of their mothers; But, the conception and birth were also the result of the natural union of a human father and mother.

2. Jesus' birth required a unique miracle.  This birth was wrought by the Holy Ghost causing a virgin to conceive.

IV. THROUGH THE VIRGIN BIRTH, THERE WAS A PERFECT UNION OF DIVINITY AND HUMANITY - Romans 1:3, 4.

A.  Jesus was made of the seed of David, but declared to be the Son of God.

B.  Jesus Christ is truly Divine - John 1:1, 14; Galatians 4:4; 1 John 5:20.

C. Because He is Divine, He was without sin - 1 John 3:5.

D. Jesus Christ became truly human.

F.  By the manner of His birth, Jesus became human, but without the sin factor.  Our Savior deliberately took upon Himself the restrictions of becoming a man.

1. As a Man, He increased in wisdom and stature - Luke 2:52.
2. As a Man, He grew weary - John 4:6.
3. As a Man, He hungered - Matthew 4:2.
4. As a Man, He thirsted - John 19:28.
5. As a Man, He died - John 19:30.

V. THE PURPOSE FOR THE INCARNATION OF JESUS CHRIST - Hebrews 2:9; 1 Timothy 1:15.

A. He died in our stead making an atonement and accomplishing redemption for us.

B. Many things were accomplished by our Savior becoming human, but the main purpose is that He might die in our stead (Romans 6:23).

C. In His purely spiritual state, before He took upon Himself the body of a human being, He could not die.  Therefore, He had to become human to be sacrificed for us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

CONCLUSION:  The Virgin Birth of Christ has been attacked by Satan and denied by man ever since God said it would be so.  Regardless if it is believed by man, it is still so!  God said it and that settles it!  Our Salvation is complete in Christ because of His Virgin Birth, His sinless life, and His sacrificial atonement for our sins on the Cross of Calvary.

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