Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Christmas Eve SpecialFriday,December 23, 2016
The Necessity of our Lord's Virgin Birth.
Adam's original sin is the origin of the old sin nature in the human race, Rom 5:12.
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 that is responsible for passing down the old sin nature and not the female, this means that if a woman could have a virgin pregnancy, a baby 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 and Merry Christmas, remained perfect.
We know that because in Mat 13:55 and Mar 6:3, Mary's other children are mentioned, so we know she eventually copulated or became pregnant with Joseph's children.
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 never before that and it was wrong biblically.
The assumption of the Virgin Mary (which refers to the bodily ascension into heaven shortly after her death), proclaimed by Pope Pius XII 1950 was also a wrong conclusion.
For they added unto the word of God and as God's word says in PRO 30:6 "Do not add to His words Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar."
Mary was also proclaimed Mother of the Church, by pope Paul VI 1965 --- another addition to the word of God and an attack on the true meaning of Christmas.
Mary's virgin pregnancy was caused by God the Holy Spirit fertilizing the female ovum.
He provided twenty-three perfect chromosomes to fertilize her twenty-three perfect chromosomes which were uncontaminated by the old sin nature.
Mary had a virgin pregnancy which is known as parthenogenesis, the origin of our Lord's humanity into the world. Parthenogenesis is a form of reproduction in which an unfertilized egg develops into a new species.
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.
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.
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.
Some of the greatest manifestations of our Lord's most important Christmas to us is that 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 with spiritual autonomy and impersonal love for all mankind, and eventually reached spiritual maturity.
Why is it so important for us to understand the real meaning and purpose of Christmas?
a. To be our Savior.
To provide redemption, the sins of the world had to be imputed to Christ on the cross.
b. The first Christmas revealed that TLJC had to become To be our Mediator, 1Ti 2:5‑6; Heb 9:14‑15.A mediator has to equal to both parties and Jesus Christ is undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.
c. To be our High Priest.
A priest is defined as a member of the human race representing himself or humanity in general before God and as a Christmas present to us, our Lord is a priest representing us at the right hand of God.
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."
The promise was offered in the First Advent; it is fulfilled in the Second Advent.
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?
The answer is found in the Hypostatic Union, which in turn leads to the concept of redemption.
The first prophecy of the virgin birth: Gen 3:15‑16.
ISA 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
ISA 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The historical fulfillment of the virgin birth: Mat 1:19‑25.
MAT 1:22 Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying,
MAT 1:23 "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."
JOH 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
2CO 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!"
Imagine it's your birthdayAnd all your friends and family have cometo celebrate the day you were bornand the place that you are from
Then as they come togetherRejoicing that You're the OneWho died for all their sins Because you're the Holy One
And as they share gifts with one anotherTo celebrate the day you cameAfter all the gifts were givenThere were none that had your name
They all gave to one another;but forgot what you had doneOnce again they ignoredGod's only begotten Son
But just as You have livedwith grace and mercy you giveSo that maybe someday we all Will Know how we should live.
So we thank You for Your mercythat always points to the onefor God's lovingkindnessAnd for His only Begotten Son
And again we are gratefulFor more than words can ever sayfor those who have been faithful each and every day.