Why the Virgin Birth of Christ Matters – Part 2

In Part 1, I reblogged an article which quoted from Dr. John Frame. (The article is by Andreas Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart, who began with a quote from Dr. John Frame). See the quote below. I would add to those 5 crucial doctrines, that the virgin birth of Christ is also doctrinally important to the atonement of Christ. Hebrews 2:14-17 demonstrates this, “it was necessary” for the eternal Son to become human, in order to be the atonement and make the offering of the atonement as a faithful and merciful high priest.

“It was necessary for Him to made like His brethren in all things [human, taking on a full humanity; the virgin Birth of Christ, the incarnation, becoming flesh and blood], in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest [both the sacrifice and the sacrificer] in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation [the satisfaction for God’s justice and wrath against sin] for the sins of the people.”  Hebrews 2:17  (with my emphasis and comments)

Meditating on the Incarnation of Christ and the Virgin Birth of Christ is such a great blessing and part of “cultivating faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3) – John 1:1-5; 1:14-18; Matthew chapters 1-2; Luke chapters 1-2; Hebrews 2:14-18; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews chapter 1.  Together, the purpose of the Incarnation points to the Atonement (Propitiation for sin) and the Resurrection of the Messiah from the dead, proves and empowers these 2 truths. This is also the argument that Athanasius made sometime after he became bishop of Alexandria, around 328 AD when he wrote his famous book, “The Incarnation of the Word”, in defending the doctrine of the Deity of Christ and the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

So why is the virgin birth theologically important? John Frame helpfully summarizes the main reasons:

The virgin birth is doctrinally important because of: (1) The doctrine of Scripture. If Scripture errs here, then why should we trust its claims about other supernatural events, such as the resurrection? (2) The deity of Christ. While we cannot say dogmatically that God could enter the world only through a virgin birth, surely the incarnation is a supernatural event if it is anything. To eliminate the supernatural from this event is inevitably to compromise the divine dimension of it. (3) The humanity of Christ. This was the important thing to Ignatius and the second century fathers. Jesus was really born; he really became one of us. (4) The sinlessness of Christ. If he were born of two human parents, it is very difficult to conceive how he could have been exempted from the guilt of Adam’s sin and become a new head to the human race. And it would seem only an arbitrary act of God that Jesus could be born without a sinful nature. Yet Jesus’ sinlessness as the new head of the human race and as the atoning lamb of God is absolutely vital to our salvation (Rom. 5:18–19; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22–24). (5) The nature of grace. The birth of Christ, in which the initiative and power are all of God, is an apt picture of God’s saving grace in general of which it is a part. It teaches us that salvation is by God’s act, not our human effort. [1]

We have to remember to keep focusing on the Lord (meditate on Who He is – on the glorious splendor of Your Majesty, I will meditate – Psalm 145:5), even though life in this world is difficult and civilization is being destroyed by secularists / atheists / intersectionality, LGBTQ political agenda, abortionists (murderers of babies), Socialists, Marxists, and violence in the cities.  Psalm 37:1-11 Our Pastor, Ty Blackburn, recently preached on this passage and gave really good insight – verse 3 – “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” = feed on God’s faithfulness; mediate in the Word on who God is and His attributes.  (Google for his sermon: “The Christian’s Warfare:  A Biblical Perspective on Victory, Pastor Ty Blackburn, Providence Church, Duluth, Ga.)

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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15 Responses to Why the Virgin Birth of Christ Matters – Part 2

  1. Vaqas Rehman says:

    @Ken Temple

    “The sinlessness of Christ. If he were born of two human parents, it is very difficult to conceive how he could have been exempted from the guilt of Adam’s sin and become a new head to the human race. And it would seem only an arbitrary act of God that Jesus could be born without a sinful nature. Yet Jesus’ sinlessness as the new head of the human race and as the atoning lamb of God is absolutely vital to our salvation (Rom. 5:18–19; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22–24).”

    Isn’t it still an arbitrary act of God for him to have Jesus Alayhis Salam be born without a sinful nature through the virgin birth? I don’t see how him having a father or not makes any difference in this regard. Unless of course you subscribe to the ridiculous and unbiblical idea that the sin nature/burden of original sin only passes through the father. And before I forget, happy holidays Ken. I don’t agree with you on a lot but I nonetheless hope you are safe and loved during you’re holiday season.

    • Ken Temple says:

      The power of God is infinite. He can do it. Luke 1:26-35
      Jesus never sinned.
      God worked in such a way as to preserve a human sinless nature in Him, and combine it with a Divine Nature, One person with 2 natures.
      He got His human nature from Mary, but without sin.

      Romans 5:12-21 shows us the guilt and corruption is passed down through Adam; and all of us are sons and daughters of both Adam and Eve. Beyond that, it is a mystery and good news. It is not arbitrary, since God can do anything He wants to without violating His nature, and the NT reveals the truth of the incarnation to us.

      Thanks for the happy holidays wish. There is no happiness about from Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who came, was born of the virgin Mary, and lived a sinless life and was crucified on the cross and payed the atonement for sin, and rose again from the dead on the 3rd day.

      I wish you true happiness also – open your heart to what the New Testament (the True Injeel) says and teaches. Read the whole 27 books slowly verse by verse chapter by chapter from Matthew 1 to Revelation 22. (Revelation chapters 6-18 are difficult and full of symbolic language about “good vs. evil” (the Lamb and His followers vs. Satan and his world system), but Revelation 1-5 and 19-22 are more clear. There is a judgement day – Revelation 20:10-15 and only believers in Christ go to heaven and enjoy eternal life in the new heavens and new earth after judgement day – Revelation 21 and 22.

      • Vaqas Rehman says:

        @Ken Temple

        “The power of God is infinite. He can do it. Luke 1:26-35
        Jesus never sinned.
        God worked in such a way as to preserve a human sinless nature in Him, and combine it with a Divine Nature, One person with 2 natures.
        He got His human nature from Mary, but without sin.

        Romans 5:12-21 shows us the guilt and corruption is passed down through Adam; and all of us are sons and daughters of both Adam and Eve. Beyond that, it is a mystery and good news. It is not arbitrary, since God can do anything He wants to without violating His nature, and the NT reveals the truth of the incarnation to us.”

        But that’s exactly my point God worked in such a way to preserve the human nature from the burden of original sin. In other words when God protected the human nature from inheriting a sin nature he essentially forgave that human nature of its original sin, all without a blood sacrifice. Something you claim he can’t do as it would contradict his justice yet here he is doing just that. Romans 5:12-21 doesn’t help as it cannot exclude Eve from the contamination of original sin since she is said to have sinned first and also fell, logically the sin nature must also pass through to the female line. To say otherwise would mean God forgave her of original sin. Saying it’s a mystery cannot help when its one of you’re core doctrines and it doesn’t make sense in the confines of your own theology.

      • Ken Temple says:

        No, God did not forgive Jesus’ human nature because it did not have sin in the first place – that is what you are not understanding. Forgiveness comes when there is existence of something – the existence of sin is in all humans, except for Jesus, since He was virgin born and did not inherit a sinful human nature; although he received an innocent sinless human nature. (like Adam and Eve before sin) – human nature is not sinful within itself, rather it became sinful through the first sin. That is what Ecclesiastes 7:29 means – God made humans upright, but they fell through sin and that sin was passed on to all of us – Romans 3:9-23 and 5:12-21

      • Vaqas Rehman says:

        @Ken Temple

        But he should have received one though by all accounts. And yet God decided to withhold that burden sin nature from taking effect. That really is no different than forgiving the sin nature when you look at it. And even if you want to argue that it’s not the same your still left with two massive plot holes. If God can withhold the sin nature then why not do that for the rest of us?! And what’s more because of the possibility or potential to withhold the sin nature being there all along that makes the supposed need for the messiah to die not needed and actually pointless.

      • Ken Temple says:

        no; no forgiveness is necessary if there is no existence of sin.
        Hebrews 4:15
        John 8:46
        2 Corinthians 5:21

      • Vaqas Rehman says:

        @Ken Temple

        Like I said if God withheld the sin nature from even entering the human nature that’s basically the same as forgiving it. And again even if you want to say it’s different you still have the problems and conclusions I laid out before.

      • Ken Temple says:

        no; it is not the same thing.

      • Ken Temple says:

        why not do it for the rest of us?

        There is too much Scripture that He did NOT do that for us – we are sinners and guilty and must come to God through His revealed way, not the way you keep wanting it to be according to your desires.

        You have to accept NT revelation and reject the Qur’an and Islam. Islam is a false system, since it contradicts the NT, which was God’s final Word to us and that God demands we submit to the gospel and repent and trust in Christ.

        Acts 17:30-31
        God is now proclaiming to mankind that all people everywhere are to repent, 31 because He has set a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all people by raising Him from the dead.”

      • Vaqas Rehman says:

        @Ken Temple

        It’s not about God adhering to my “desires” its about God adhering to a plan that makes sense. Surly we can both agree that God cannot adhere to a plan that makes no sense or is flawed in some way…right?…

      • Ken Temple says:

        No; it is you wanting something that is not the NT revelation (and OT prophesies of the Messiah = God’s plan). That is “according to your desires”

      • Vaqas Rehman says:

        @Ken Temple

        You keep brining up the virgin birth in relation to sin but that still doesn’t account for him inheriting the sin nature from the female line.

      • Ken Temple says:

        He did not get a sinful human nature; only an innocent human nature from Mary, even though Mary was a sinner also. By some mystery, God protected Jesus from getting the sin.

      • Vaqas Rehman says:

        @Ken Temple

        By some mystery?! You can’t just call mystery whenever there’s a plot hole in the theology Ken.

      • Ken Temple says:

        there is no plot whole. No more time today for discussion.
        Have a great holiday; I wish you would come to the true Al Masih and the true meaning and the true Injeel.

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