The Virgin Birth

“And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.’” –Luke 1:35

In his book, The Person of Christ, Donald Macleod emphasized the importance of the virgin birth of Christ. The majority of his section on the subject is devoted to how the virgin birth points to the divine sonship of Christ as well as the sinlessness of Christ. He then offers several other realities to which it points. I wanted to share two. Macleod wrote:

The virgin birth is a sign of God’s judgment on human nature. The race needs a redeemer, but cannot itself produce one: not by its own decision or desire, not by the processes of education and civilization…The redeemer must come from outside. Here, as elsewhere, ‘all things are of God’. He provides the lamb (Gn. 22:8).

He then adds:

The virgin birth is a sign that Jesus Christ is a new beginning. He is not a development from anything that has gone before. He is a divine intrusion: the last, great, culminating eruption of the power of God into the plight of man. (pg. 37)

Merry Christmas!

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” –John 1:14

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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