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Virgin Birth

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Intro

Things that are fascinating to me
I understand the basics, but it still blows my mind
The virgin birth
I understand the basics, but it still blows my mind
It’s okay to believe even if we don’t understand
Sometimes we have to embrace the mystery
We will never fully understand God
“One problem in describing God is that we use ourselves as a pattern, push that up into the heavens, and say that is what God is like…When we try to describe God this way, we end up with a caricature of God, a God that is not worthy of our worship. Too many people are worshiping the God of their own imaginations.” A.W. Tozer Delighting in God, p.114

Scripture

Isaiah 7:14 ESV
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:18–25 ESV
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Defending Orthodox Faith

“Now there is widespread rhetoric of the UMC being a theological ‘big tent.’ In a delegation interview last month, this top CT staffer was asked if it was important for United Methodists to at least agree on who Jesus is. In response, Bigham-Tsai confidently declared, ‘No, it is not important that we agree on who Christ is.’ She went on to raise questions of if she really believes in basic orthodox doctrine of the incarnation, of God becoming flesh in a particular human body in a particular time and particular place. In Bigham-Tsai’s words: ‘God became flesh, but not particular flesh. There’s no particularity around that. God became incarnate in a culture, but not one culture.’” - https://juicyecumenism.com/2022/10/27/united-methodist-general-agencies/
1 John 4:2-3 “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”
1 John 4:2-3 “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”
Article by J.I. Packer
https://www.crossway.org/articles/why-is-the-virgin-birth-so-important/?utm_source=Crossway+Marketing&utm_campaign=d326d88cfc-20221212+Bible+Study+-+Virgin+Birth+Important&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0275bcaa4b-d326d88cfc-294672809

What the Virgin Birth Accomplishes

Jesus did not inherit the sin nature from man
Jesus did inherit all the flesh of man
Jesus was the second Adam, just like the priesthood a new beginning was needed
Jesus was in a unique position to appeal to both God and man while also speaking for both
Romans 8:2–4 ESV
For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Hebrews 2:14–18 ESV
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
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