What does the Bible say about virgin birth?

Go with me in your Bibles to Matthew chapter 1. Last week, we saw some of the truths about our Savior set out in the genealogy and this week, let’s hear God’s Word for us about his virgin birth. Matthew chapter 1, starting with verse 18.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When her mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they went to live together she found herself pregnant by the work of the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to dishonor her, wished to divorce her secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying: «Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for what was conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. “And she shall bear a son; and you shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save his people from their sins.” Now all this took place in order to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin will be with child and she will bear a son, and they will call him IMMANUEL”, which translated means: “GOD WITH US.” And Joseph arose from sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her to be her wife, and kept her a virgin until she bore a son; and she called his name Jesus.’

The virgin birth: a mystery to be shouted aloud

The virgin birth refers to Mary’s miraculous conception of Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit, without any male participation, so that Although the birth process was not unlike that of other humans, Mary was still a virgin when Jesus was born. This biblical doctrine should be distinguished from the Roman Catholic principles of Mary’s immaculate conception and her perpetual virginity (Erickson, 179 ).

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The dogma of the Immaculate Conception According to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was “preserved from every stain of original sin” (Oct, 199). Because she was subject to the necessity of original sin, she needed redemption; but since she was redeemed from the moment of her conception, she was thus preserved from original sin. Her redemption, therefore, according to this dogma, was more perfect than that experienced by any other human being. The dogma was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, and a biblical basis for the belief is argued for in texts such as Genesis 3:15 and Luke 1:28, 41. Reading these passages, one is perplexed as to how such a doctrine it might find biblical support were it not for the underlying Marian assumptions.

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