Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Doctrine of the Virgin Birth.
Point 1. The Necessity of our Lord’s Virgin Birth.
ROM 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned [all sinned when Adam sinned] –
The old sin nature is transmitted through the twenty-three male chromosomes which fertilize the female ovum in copulation.
a. Adam’s original sin.
b. Old sin nature.
Through meiosis and polar body, twenty-three chromosomes are thrown off the female ovum, leaving twenty-three uncontaminated chromosomes in the female ovum prior to fertilization.
Meiosis is the process of cell division in sexually reproducing organisms and a polar body occurs when a small cell is produced and ultimately discarded in the development of the female ovum.
All the other cells in the female body are contaminated by the old sin nature; the ovum prior to fertilization is the only exception.
Although both the man and the woman in the Garden were equally guilty, the woman’s sin of ignorance was the reason she became the bearer of the embryo, 1TI 2:13-15.
While both man and woman are carriers of the old sin nature, only the man can transmit the old sin nature through the fertilization of the female ovum.
Since it is only the male’s twenty-three chromosomes that carry the old sin nature and not the female’s, if a woman could have a virgin pregnancy, i.e., if her ovum could be fertilized apart from male copulation, the progeny could be born into the world without an old sin nature.
This was the case in the birth of the humanity of Christ, originating from Mary’s virgin pregnancy and virgin birth.
Being born without an old sin nature meant there was no imputation of Adam’s original sin to our Lord. The first Adam was created perfect; the last Adam, Jesus Christ, was born perfect.
In MAT 13:55 and MAR 6:3, Mary’s other children are mentioned, so we know she eventually copulated with Joseph. MAR 6:3 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?”
The so-called Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, was proclaimed by pope Pius IX in the year 1854.
The assumption of the Virgin Mary (bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death), proclaimed by pope Pius XII 1950.
Mary was also proclaimed Mother of the Church, by pope Paul VI 1965.
REV 22:18 “I testify to everyone who hears the words of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book;”
PRO 30:6 Do not add to His words Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar.
In this way, Mary had a virgin pregnancy, parthenogenesis, the origin of our Lord’s humanity into the world.
The virgin pregnancy resulted in the virgin birth, thus excluding the old sin nature from the humanity of Christ. While Mary was a virgin, she was not perfect or impeccable.
Mary received at birth the imputation of human life to her soul and the imputation of Adam’s original sin to her old sin nature; so she was not perfect.
In the case of her Son, Jesus, God the Father imputed human life to his human soul, but divine justice could not impute Adam’s original sin since there was no target, no home, no antecedence, no affinity, there being no genetically-formed old sin nature in Him. For a real imputation cannot occur without a target, affinity, or antecedence.
It is the virgin birth that is the basis for redemption, because it provided the world with a perfect human being, the only One qualified to be judged for the sins of the world.
Point 2. The Contrast Between Our Birth and Our Lord’s Birth.
Human life is, in each case, created by God and imputed to each person at birth.
Simultaneously, Adam’s original sin is imputed to the old sin nature, genetically-formed by the twenty-three male chromosomes.
Our personal sins are never imputed to us. At the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father created human life and imputed it to His human soul.
Instead of a sin nature, our Lord was born with a human spirit, born as Adam was created. Instead of receiving the imputation of Adam’s original sin, He received the imputation of the power system of God imputed to His human spirit. He was born trichotomous with a body, soul, and spirit.
Point 3. The Impeccability of our Lord’s Humanity.
Jesus “grew in wisdom [Bible doctrine], stature, and in favor with God and man,” LUK 2:52.
He quickly reached spiritual self-esteem from personal love for God, then spiritual autonomy and impersonal love for all mankind, and eventually reached spiritual maturity.
Point 4. The Hypostatic Union of the God-Man.
Jesus Christ is God, and as God, He is coequal and coeternal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
Each one has coequal, coeternal, and coinfinite sovereignty, holiness, justice, righteousness, love, eternal life, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, immutability and veracity.
Jesus Christ became different from the Father and the Holy Spirit at the point of the virgin birth, because He now became true humanity – the God-man.
In the person of the incarnate Christ are two natures, inseparably united, without mixture or loss of separate identity, without loss or transfer of properties or attributes, the union both personal and eternal.
1TI 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
Once His First Advent occurred at the point of the virgin birth, Jesus Christ became the unique person forever, the God-man.
Point 5. The Significance of the Virgin Birth to the Angelic Conflict.
Once the Lord came in the flesh in the Incarnation, there were no more manifestations of the Angel of Jehovah. Angels are superior to us now during history, but we will be superior to them for all eternity,
Point 6. The Necessity for Christ Becoming a Member of the Human Race.
d. To become the Son of David, 2SA 7:8-16; PSA 89:20-37. At the First Advent of the virgin birth, our Lord receives His second royal title, “Son of David.” When the apostles dealt with the Jews after the Day of Pentecost in the early part of Acts, they always brought up the question: how can Jesus Christ be the Son of David and at the same time God?
Point 7. Scriptural Verification.
The first prophecy of the virgin birth: GEN 3:15-16.
The Jewish prophecy of the virgin birth: ISA 7:14; ISA 9:6.
The historical fulfillment of the virgin birth: MAT 1:19-25.
MAT 1:22-23 Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
The result of the virgin birth, God became flesh: JOH 1:14; ROM 1:3; 1TI 3:16; HEB 2:14;
LUK 3:23 And when He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being supposedly the son of Joseph,
JOH 8:41 They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication;”
By whom – feminine gender – preposition ex = by or from + relative pronoun feminine gender hes = He was born not of a man, not of Joseph but of Mary. He was Joseph’s child legally because according to Jewish Law if you were adopted into a family, you were the legal child with all the rights and privileges.
The Abrahamic Covenant is found in GEN 12:1-3; GEN 13:15-16; GEN 15:18; GEN 22:15-18; GEN 26:3-4;
EXO 6:2-8, and it says that the seed of the woman, the humanity of Christ, will descend from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Davidic Covenant says that the seed of the woman, the humanity of Christ, will descend from the tribe of Judah through the family of David, 2SA 7:8-17; PSA 89:20-37.