According to naturalists, liberals, and pantheists, the Virgin Birth of Christ is an impossibility therefore it is a myth. Not only that Jesus’ conception was a myth it is also a fable story adopted originally from pagan notions and this is being said according to skeptics. There are ways to refute skeptical arguments concerning the Virgin Birth of Christ, but this is not my main purpose in this subject.
My main objective here is to explain the significance and importance of the subject namely the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
The narrative of His supernatural birth can only be found both in Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospel in the New Testament, though, the sign of the virgin conception is found in Isaiah 7:14.
For skeptics and atheists the virgin birth is an biologically impossibility but for the Christians the virgin conception of Christ was possible and that this miraculuous event has occurred time space continuum. Allow me to give a comment in response.
If God could create a complex machinery such as the universe then I do not see any reason why it should be problematic for God to cause a maiden from Bethlehem to carry and give birth to a child during her virginity. Now, Mary’s conception of Jesus Christ was a biological-supernatural event. As we read the Scripture of Matthew’s narrative tells us that her conception of Jesus was not the by product of an ordinary sexual intercourse.
Again, Mary’s pregnancy was extra ordinary, according to Matthew, for at least three reason:
a) She conceived before marrying Joseph (Matt. 1:18)
b) Joseph being a righteous man did not fear and even protected Mary (Matt. 19)
c) After that the angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph he took his wife to a safer place where she gave birth to a child (in a manger) who is Jesus (Matt 1:24:25)
The Significance Of Jesus’ Virgin Birth
If one wants to know exhaustively about Christ’s humanity it is appropriate to begin with a consideration of the Virgin Birth of Jesus of Matthew’s and Luke’s gospel.
So what is the significance of Jesus birth? In answering this important question we will limit ourselves to only 5 essentials answers.
1. Jesus’s supernatural birth signify of His Absolute holiness.
a. From the conception Jesus Christ was separated forever from sinners to save sinners.
b. Since, naturally born person is corrupted because of the Fall and has sins (1 John 1:8-10) this is however not true in Christ because of His supernatural birth. The Virgin Birth prevented Christ from corruption. Yet this does not mean that He wasn’t fully human.
2. Jesus Christ’s Virgin Birth Teaches Us of His Divine Origin.
In the Lukan gospel we read, “Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35). Jesus will also be known by the name “Immanuel,” which is to mean, God is with us.”
3. Jesus Christ’s Virgin conception explains better His Incarnation.
How God the invisible being became flesh (carni) is evidently beyond reason humanly speaking. Still, the Virgin Birth explains exactly why God became human and still be uncorrupted from human sin.
4. Jesus Christ’s Virgin Birth tells Us His redemptive Mission.
If Jesus was born an ordinary person, He would have inherited Mary’s (a fallen creature) sin, in whom He, (along with us) be judge guilty of sin (Rom. 5:16,18). Nay, did this not simply happen. In Matthew’s gospel we read, “She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matt.1:21).
The supernatural conception of Christ separated Him from the depraved, condemned, and alienated from the Adam.
5. Jesus Christ’s Virgin Birth Verifies and Confirms the Truthfulness of the Prophetic Word.
The Virgin conception of Christ has been fulfilled in prophet Isaiah’s word, “Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa. 7:14 cf. Matthew 1:22-23, Luke 1:35).
In the minds of pantheists, naturalists, and skeptics, the virgin birth is impossible, but for Christians, “with God nothing is impossible.” (Luke 1:37)
The Importance of Jesus’ Virgin Birth
The doctrine of Jesus Christ’s virgin birth cannot or should not be neglected in our aim to understand Christ and Salvation. Failure in comprehending this often neglected subject will cause a harmful distortion in our Christology and Soteriology.
The doctrinal importance of Christ’s virgin birth is seen at least in three areas:
1. The virgin birth show’s that salvation comes solely from God, and can never be thwarted by human effort.
2. The Virgin conception, pave the way in uniting of full deity and full humanity in one person Christ Jesus.
3. The Virgin birth, explains Jesus more fully though, fully human, cannot have inherited sin, since Christ did not originated from his human parents nor is He a member of the Adamic race.
Is it important to believe (as a Christian) in the Virgin Birth? I cannot see why not! after all, how can we explain Jesus’ sinlessness and uncorrupted nature if He wasn’t born supernaturally. One will find himself in confusion if one affirm the sinlesness of Christ and His humanity yet denies the virgin birth.
If our Christian faith is to be governed by the statements of the Bible, then we will not deny this important doctrine, simply because the Scripture affirms it.
However, if you are a believer trying to witness to anyone persuading him or her on the virgin birth of Christ will be but a futile attempt. No passage of the Bible says explicitly that if you believe in Jesus’ supernatural birth you will be saved. While it is critical to affirm and believe in the virgin birth as doctrinal, the doctrine itself should not to be a stumbling block in our personal witnessing.
Bible Doctrine [Abridged edition (July 1, 1999)] , Wayne Grudem, Zondervan