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REASONS THE VIRGIN BIRTH WAS NECESSARY Part 2

November 23, 2011

 MESSAGE
THE REASONS THE VIRGIN BIRTH WAS NECESSARY
Sunday School Message Part II  11-16-2011

In this study we will continue to share the reasons why it is important to believe that the Virgin Birth indeed happened just as the Scripture explains it did.  Without the Virgin Birth, Jesus could not have been the Saviour of the world.  Salvation could not have taken place, and the Bible is filled with errors.

CONSIDER THE FACTS SHARED SO FAR …

I.    THE VIRGIN BIRTH WAS NECESSARY SO CHRIST
COULD BY-PASS THE  FALLEN ADAMIC SIN NATURE.

II.    IT WAS ALSO NECESSARY FOR CHRIST TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN SO THAT CHRIST, THE ETERNAL SON OF GOD, COULD ADD TO HIMSELF FLESH.

III.    IT WAS NECESSARY FOR THE CHRIST TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN SO THAT PROPHECY COULD BE FULFILLED.

And now consider the next reason the Virgin Birth was necessary:

IV.    IT WAS NECESSARY FOR CHRIST TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN SO THAT CHRIST COULD BE THE HEAD OF A BORN AGAIN PEOPLE.

1.    CONSIDER A COMPARISON OF ADAM’S HEADSHIP AND CHRIST’S HEADSHIP:

I Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
I Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
I Corinthians 15:47 The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven.
I Corinthians 15:48 As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly.
I Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
I Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

NOTE: What Adam was to the human race, Jesus is to the spiritual race of born again believers.

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name:
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Just as we are conceived in Adam through physical procreation and birth, so too we are born again in Christ through spiritual conception & His Word.

I Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
I Peter 1:24 For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
I Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
John 3:4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Consider, as Adam was the head of the human race and was the father of us all, so too Christ is now the Head of a spiritual race–He is our head spiritually! When Jesus was born of a virgin, He had no earthly father. He proceeded directly from God.

If He was just the by-product of human procreation, He would not be able to be the second Adam.  He could not be the Head of a new race of people.

IN ADAM WE DIE;
IN CHRIST WE LIVE..

ADAM IS THE HEAD OF THE HUMAN RACE PHYSICALLY;
CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF A NEW CREATION.

I Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.
I Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
I Corinthians 15:47 The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven.
I Corinthians 15:48 As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly.
I Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

2.    SO HE COULD BE MERCIFUL TO WHOMEVER HE WANTS. 
HE COULD CHOOSE TO DELAY HIS COMING AND JUDGMENT.

I bought a little toy helicopter for my grandson and showed him how to use it.  After I taught him how to use it, the time came to turn it over to him:  he wrecked it in a few minutes. I let him steer and take control of the toy.  I didn’t get mad at him-I paid for it and chose to let him do with it as he would.

Jesus paid for man’s salvation and one of the perks of that is that He can allow man time to choose Him or reject Him.  God can let His sun shine on the just and unjust.  He can be merciful to all because he paid the price and reconciled everything and everyone to Himself.

3.     HE DIED FOR ALL AND ALL WILL RECEIVE A RESURRECTED BODY BASED ON HIS RESURRECTION.

John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

I Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the firstfruits of them that slept.
I Corinthians 15:21 For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead.
I Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
I Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
I Corinthians 15:24 Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
I Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
I Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.

How many die in Adam?
How many are made alive in Christ?

I Timothy 4:9 This [is] a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
I Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.

Jesus died for all. He is everyone’s Savior.  He is the Savior of all men–not just the elect;  not just the saved.  He died for all.

II Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
II Corinthians 5:15 And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

But not everyone lives for Him–because they are not saved; and they are not saved because they do not believe in Him and will not come to Him.

So then what benefit and why would He die for people who would reject him??

WHY DID HE DIE FOR ALL..

He died for all that all would live and receive a resurrection body.  John 5:28
He died for all to reconcile to himself all things. II Cor. 5:18
He died for all that all should not live to themselves, but to Him that died for them. II Cor. 5:15

CHRIST’S DEATH FOR ALL WAS A VERY IMPORTANT THEOLOGICAL TRUTH. The greatest argument used to justify that Jesus only died for the elect is that if he died for all, then wicked men could frustrate the infinite wisdom of God. Is man’s free will stronger than God’s eternal decree? Why would He do something that puny men could reject and what benefit would it be for God to die for unsaved men who will only die and go into perdition?  The fact is that Jesus’ resurrection is the basis of every man’s resurrection–saved and lost.  Like it or not, every man will be resurrected.  He never asks us if we want to be!  The horrible thing about not receiving Christ is that unsaved men will spend eternity in the lake of fire in a resurrected body bought and paid for by Christ for them.  They will spend eternity with the devil and his angels because they have rejected their Saviour and have refused to believe on Him and live for him.   How sad a day it will be when Christ says this to those who have rejected Him:

Matthew 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  HELL WAS PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS!  If people go there, it is only because they have followed him rather than God.

V.    ANOTHER REASON THE VIRGIN BIRTH WAS IMPORTANT WAS SO JESUS COULD BECOME THE HUSBAND TO A NEW BRIDE CALLED THE CHURCH…  JESUS HAD TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN TO  PROCURE TO HIMSELF A NEW AND BETTER BRIDE THAN EVE.

1.    CONSIDER THE POSITION OF THE WOMAN IN REGARD TO THE VIRGIN BIRTH.

The first Adam had a bride.
The last Adam (Jesus) also has a bride.

WHEN GOD PIERCED THE SIDE OF THE FIRST ADAM TO GIVE HIM A BRIDE, GOD HAD IN MIND THE SECOND ADAM BEING PIERCED, AND THROUGH HIS WOUND ANOTHER LIVING CREATURE, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, WOULD BE BORN (I.E. THE CHURCH).

Genesis 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Genesis 2:23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Note the Mystery:  God took from Adam’s side a bride,  and when that happened,  God had in mind sending His son to earth, His side would be pierced for his bride.  Christ’s bride is the New Testament Church.

2.   WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE POSITION OF THE WOMAN IN REGARDS TO THE VIRGIN BIRTH,   ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO MARY’S POSITION.  NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE IS A WOMAN SPOKEN IN REGARDS TO HEADSHIP.

A.    WE MUST BE CAREFUL NOT TO GO BEYOND THE TEACHING OF SCRIPTURE IN REGARD TO THE VIRGIN BIRTH AND PLACE OF MARY.

NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE DOES IT GIVE AUTHORITY FOR A WOMAN TO BE THE HEAD OF THE MAN.  MARY WAS NOT THE HEAD OF CHRIST OR THE CHURCH AS THE ROMAN CHURCH TEACHES.

Mary was not the mother of God.  She was the mother of the Child Jesus.  She was the vehicle used of God to allow Christ the Son of God to add to Himself the flesh of humanity.

Jesus got His humanity through Mary, but not His divine nature.  He received His spirit directly from God the Father and the Holy Spirit.  He was conceived of the Holy Ghost.  Why is this so hard to believe for some?  If we can believe that God made Adam from the dust of the ground without an earthly father or mother, then it would not be hard to believe in the Virgin Birth.  The obvious problem is that the Genesis of the modernist is evolution.  If evolution is true, then there really never was an Adam as the Bible describes.  Our presuppositions determine our conclusions.

The other error concerning the Virgin Birth is the tendency to elevate Mary above that which Scripture elevates her.  Jesus was very careful not to give the impression that Mary was to be elevated beyond that for which she was used.  He often referred to her as just a woman.

Note this passage..

Matthew 12:47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
Matthew 12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
Matthew 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

B.    Mary was not a perpetual Virgin.

Matthew 13:55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Matthew 13:56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this [man] all these things?

John 2:3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
John 2:5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do [it].

These verses teach that Jesus never gave Mary preferential treatment.

C.    MARY DID NOT ENTER INTO THE PROPITIATION AND REDEMPTION PROCESS  BY BRUISING SATAN’S HEAD.

In many Roman Churches, statues of Mary depict her with the serpent under her feet as she is holding the Child Jesus.

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This verses teaches the seed of the woman (Christ)  would bruise Satan’s head–not Mary.  Jesus is the Head of a group of people that the Bible calls His church or bride–not Mary.  We need to be careful not to elevate Mary above that which God intended..

NOTE THE ERRORS OF MANY WHEN IT COMES TO THE PLACE OF MARY:

NOWHERE DOES THE BIBLE TEACH WE SHOULD PRAY TO MARY.
Is Mary the head of church?  NO.  SHE WAS JUST A GREAT SERVANT OF THE LORD.

Mary plays no part in the Salvation or atonement work of Christ. It is Christ who bruises the head of Satan, not Mary!  Nowhere in the Bible does it teach that Mary is to be petitioned or prayed to, or does Mary play a role in the redemption process.  We should not go beyond the Bible or below the Bible in the teaching concerning the Virgin Birth.  The modernists deny the Virgin Birth, the Romanist inordinately reverence Mary even thinking she had to be immaculately conceived.  All this leads to a misunderstanding of womanhood in the Bible.

Consider the dangers of misunderstanding the place of the woman in the Bible:

3.     WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WOMANHOOD IS DEFINED BY SCRIPTURE AND TO TO THIS DAY SATAN IS MAKING AN ATTACK ON WOMEN..

Modernism not only denies the Virgin Birth, the modernist rejects the biblical teaching concerning the role of women, the wife, the family, etc.

Ephesians 5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ephesians 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Ephesians 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
Ephesians 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife [see] that she reverence [her] husband.

In Genesis 2:23  Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Ephesians 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Ephesians 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Adam was responsible for Eve to be her teacher and protector, her leader and guide. Adam failed in this commission, but Christ fulfills this role with His wife, the Church.  Again He is the perfect and last Adam.

What Adam failed to do with Eve, Christ succeeds and fulfills as the Head and Husband of His church.

He teaches, guides, and leads His church.

It is for this reason that it is a desecration of this picture when a woman is out from under authority in the church.  Again, everything works together in Scripture, and it all fits together like a finely designed clock.

4.     EVERY WOMAN THAT SUBMITS TO THE BIBLICAL TEACHING CONCERNING THE  PLACE AND ROLE OF A WOMAN IN SOCIETY SHOWS HER FAITH AND HOLINESS.

I Timothy 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
I Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
I Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
I Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
I Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

The sin of Eve was that she disobeyed her husband.  After the fall God reiterates Eve’s role as being a help meet to Adam.  THE ROLE OF A WOMAN UNDER THE SCRIPTURAL COMMAND IS THAT SHE IS TO BE UNDER AUTHORITY.

She thought to get out from that authority by following the serpent’s allurement to break free from God’s leadership and choose to be like a god on this planet.  Men and women are still seeking this goal–which is the same goal Satan had in Isaiah 14:13 …

A.    EVERY WOMAN OUGHT TO DRESS IN A WAY THAT SHOWS HER SUBMISSION TO CHRIST:  Hair and other things …

I Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

B.    EVERY WOMAN OUGHT TO MANIFEST A SPIRIT OF SUBMISSION IN THE ASSEMBLY

Now because of Eve’s transgression, God reinforces her position of submission.

I Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
I Timothy 2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;
I Timothy 2:10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
I Timothy 2:11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
I Timothy 2:12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
I Timothy 2:13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.
I Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
I Timothy 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

C.    EVERY WOMAN OUGHT TO NOT LOOK TO DRAW UNDUE ATTENTION TO HERSELF IN THE SERVICE.

Acts 16:16  And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
Acts 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

Note how devilish it was for this woman to draw attention to herself even when she seemed to be technically speaking the truth. The devil from day one was a master at using half truths to confuse people.

D.    EVERY WOMAN OUGHT TO LEARN TO BE CONTENT TO SUPPORT THE MALE TEACHERS AND LEADERS OF THE CHURCH.

I Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
I Corinthians 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
I Corinthians 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
I Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
I Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

WHAT ARE THE ARGUMENTS A WOMAN WILL USE FOR VIOLATE THESE PRINCIPLES:

a.    SOME WILL SAY SOULS ARE GETTING SAVED,  SO GOD MUST BE IN IT.

b.    SOME WILL SAY, “WELL,  IF THE MEN WON’T DO IT,  A WOMAN HAS TO …”

c .   SOME WILL SAY THAT THE COMMANDMENT CONCERNING WOMEN WAS ONLY CULTURAL AND IS NOT FOR TODAY.

I Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
I Corinthians 14:35 And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
I Corinthians 14:36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
I Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
I Corinthians 14:38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.

The modernist’s rejection of God’s creation of man as stated in Genesis 2-3 is largely the reason the woman’s lib movement has gained such momentum in our world today.  This has produced nothing but dysfunctional families, heartache, rapid perversion, and problems even in the church today.  The elevation and worship of Mary is the religious perversion of not understanding the role of a woman in God’s plan.  This is the same error, but coming at it from a different direction.  Though the Virgin Birth is not rejected, still a woman is inordinately elevated.  It is important to accept what the Bible says about the Virgin Birth.  We should not reject its teaching (i.e. modernist) or go beyond it and read more into Scripture than what is there (i.e. Romanist).

Conclusion:

The historical accuracy and truth of the Virgin Birth is crucial to so much of the understanding of biblical theology.  No doubt the writers of Scripture taught and believed the literal, accurate, and historical fact of Jesus was born of a virgin.  If you pull the plug on this truth, the whole theological fabric of Scripture falls apart.  In fact, if you reject the accuracy of the account of the creation of man, the whole thing falls apart also.  Everything works together and must be accepted by faith.  If there is no Virgin Birth, there is no salvation.  Christ received His humanity through Mary, but His divinity through His Father in heaven.  It was not necessary for Mary to be anything other than a precious chosen vessel blessed above all women because she was used to bring the Christ Child into the world (Luke 1:48).  We need not fabricate more into who she is and what God used her for.  Also, we need to reject the modernist’s skepticism about God’s supernatural intervention into the events of human history, to bring about the salvation and redemption of the world through Christ, who was indeed “GOD manifest in the flesh” (II Tim 3:16).   May God bless you as you meditate on these precious truths concerning the Virgin Birth this Christmas.

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