Minister’s Forum: The importance of the virgin birth
October 2, 2008
It may surprise you to learn where in scriptures is the virgin birth of Jesus Christ implied.
The virgin birth of Christ is implied in Genesis 3:15: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His head.”
Please note the two most important words in this verse: “her seed.” Galatians 4:4 also mentions the event: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.”
In the verses preceding these two verses, the angel of the Lord announces to Mary the impending birth of a son called Jesus.
Then Mary said to the angel, “How can these things be, since I know not a man. And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy spirit will come upon, and the power of the highest will overshadow you, therefore, also, that Holy One who is born will be called the Son of God.’ ” (Luke 1:34-35)
The close kinship of Christ with Christianity is one of the distinctive features of the Christian religion. Let’s look at the word “religion.” It means bind back, re-back, ligare, to bind, bind together. Please allow me the liberty of using my own words to describe the word “religious.”
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That which binds the soul back to God. Take away the personality from Buddhism, the personality of Mohomet from Mohommendism, or the personality of Zoraster from the Parres, and the entire doctrine of these religious would still be left intact.
But, take away from Christianity the name and person of Jesus Christ, and what is left? Nothing. The whole substance and strength of the Christian faith centers in Jesus Christ. Without him, there is nothing. Our Savior is the chief cornerstone of our faith.
Ephesians 2:20: “Having built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the Chief Cornerstone.”
James Denney, prolific writer on the subject of theology, writes, “from beginning to end in all its various phases and aspects and elements, the Christian faith is determined by the person and work of Jesus Christ.”
In Genesis 3:15, the words “her seed” records the first promise that was ever given to fallen man: Adam and Eve have transgressed God’s law and thereby through Satan, destroyed both of them and all their posterity, for since they were corrupt, nothing but what is corrupt could proceed them.”
The prophecy here indicated the person predicted was the Lord Jesus Christ, who was in a peculiar way the seed of woman, for he was formed in the womb simply by the agency of the Holy Ghost and was born of a pure virgin, altogether without the intervention of man. Had he been born like other men, he would have been partaker of Adam’s corrupt nature.
I Corinthians 15:22: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”
The only sin Christ did not die for was unbelief. Where will you spend eternity? If we meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing, but if you meet Jesus Christ and forget him, you have lost everything.
– Thurston Ott is a minister at large.