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The Miracle of the Virgin Birth

Updated on January 7, 2012

The Miracle of the Virgin Birth

This is one of the foundations Christian doctrines are formed with, which is the virgin birth. The Bible clearly tells us here that the Holy Ghost/God impregnated Mary with a child by overshadowing her. This was not a physical act, but a spiritual act.

If everything is to be believed in the Bible about God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus, then this is not impossible. We know Joseph was not the father of the child, since he wanted to break the betrothal, and send her somewhere where she would not be harmed.

In Mary's case, she would have been stoned to death as prescribed the law. She was betrothed to Joseph, which was as good as being married, but Joseph could not claim to be the father. The only obvious conclusion would be that she committed adultery with someone else.

What is really miraculous is that the angel of the Lord visited both Mary and Joseph. I believe the angel only appeared to Joseph because he was thinking about putting her away. In today's world, would be about the same thing as divorce.

The first thing the angel tells Joseph is not to fear. He did not tell Joseph about the Holy Spirit/God or what happened to Mary. The very first thing the angel said was "to fear not", which is the same message that Jesus preaches through out the Bible. This is so prominent that almost a half a chapter in Matthew is devoted to this message of not fearing and trusting the Lord. It is located in Matthew 6:25-31.

It is as if not fearing and worrying is one of the more important messages you could receive. It may well be that fear may stop or hinder any message from God trying to reach you. If you are more focused on what is negative and what may happen so much so that you can not see God moving or hear what God is trying to tell you.

You can not hear His message of what He wants you to do, to turn the negative to a positive. Only after the angel tells Joseph not to fear, that he tells Joseph to take Mary as his wife. Only then he tells Joseph that the Holy Spirit/God is the father of Mary's son, and what the son is destined to do.


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      Bible Studies 7 years ago from PA

      I wanted to add that I just read an amazing in-depth and technical study on Matthew 1:18-23. I wanted to share the website with everyone

      It is a little lengthy. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It was a real eye opener for me, and answered some questions I have had.

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      ochie 7 years ago

      The Virgin Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was prophesied by Isaiah > please read the whole chapter....

      It refers to Ahaz, King of Judah, who had been in great trouble and consternation on account of the confederacy which the monarchs (Pekah, King of Israel, and Rezin, King of Syria,) had determined on, namely, to besiege and subjugate Jerusalem.

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      Bible Studies 9 years ago from PA

      Thank you for your words of wisdom and insights. Very glad to hear from you :)

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      arkwriter 9 years ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

      Dear Bible Studies,

      The Virgin Birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was prophesied by Isaiah:

      "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign, Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall be called Immanuel." (Isa. 7:14)  The Holy Spirit was speaking of the Messiah who would come, and that Child would literally be born of a virgin.  This prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Immanuel (God with Us) was the title given to assure God's participation in bringing deliverance to mankind through His incarnation.

      The Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is an important doctrinal truth that is part of the Gospel.  Jesus had no human father therefore He did not inherit the human DNA genes from Adam who brought sin into the world (Rom. 5:12).  The Lord Jesus Christ does not have the original sin and He committed no sin in His entire life (1 Pet. 2:22).  This makes Him the Perfect Savior of mankind.  "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Cor. 5:21)

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