Growing In Godliness Blog
The Virgin Birth
By Paul Earnhart
The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was born of a virgin. The prophet Isaiah foretold the virgin birth 700 years before it occurred. He said: “Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us." (Isa 7:14, Mt 1:23)
Luke tells us that an angel appeared to Mary and told her that she would have a child. She could not understand how that was possible since she had never had relations with a man. However, the angel assured her that "with God nothing will be impossible" (Luke 1:37).
Matthew makes it very clear that she did not have relations with Joseph, her husband, "until she brought forth her firstborn son”. (Mt. 1:25)
Some people today ridicule the idea that Jesus was born of a virgin. They insist that the virgin birth is but a myth that grew up years after Jesus lived. When Christians reject this explanation and insist on the virgin birth we are asked: "Why, what difference does it. make? The importance of Jesus is in what He did and taught, they say, not in whether He was born of a virgin.
The doctrine of the Virgin birth is most Important to Christians. If Jesus had no human father but was conceived by the Holy Spirit as the scriptures teach, then He was in a very special sense THE SON OF GOD. He was God in the flesh or, as Isaiah said it, "God with us”. As the son of God, He is divine, worthy of worship and due our unreserved submission. On the other hand, if He was not born of a virgin, then He was only human like all the rest of us. His claim that God was His father was a lie, which resulted either from Ignorance or from an intention to deceive. Either way, He is no example for us and no proper object of worship.
I believe that Jesus Christ was and is the Son of God; therefore, I believe that He was virgin born, having no human father.
By Larry Coffey
If you google the word “angels”, you will receive a lot of information about the Los Angles Angels baseball team. This may not have happened in the late 20th century when television shows and many books and articles were about angels. I have no research available to support it, but my impression is that angels have fallen out of favor in our present society.
One who reads the Bible will be aware of angels since the NKJV Exhaustive Concordance states the words “angel” or “angels” appears 361 times in the Bible. Like many others, as I read the Bible, I noted angels mentioned a lot but I didn’t know much about angels until I taught a class on the subject about 10 years ago. Other DH members showed a lot of interest, so I repeated the class two more times.
Who are angels and what do they do? W.E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words has this to say in part:
“An angel is a messenger sent whether by God or by man or by Satan, and is also used of a guardian or representative in Rev. 1:20, Mt. 18:10, but most frequently of an order of created beings superior to man, Heb. 2:7, belonging to heaven, Mt. 24:36, and to God, Lk. 12:8, and engaged in His service, Psa. 103:20.”
Michael Hardin in his class book on angels lists the following functions they perform:
--Angels are helpers and protectors to God’s people in need, Psa. 34:7.
--Angels come to give God’s people guidance and direction, Gal. 3:19.
--Angels come to call men to special missions, Ex. 3:2.
--Angels come to rescue people from great danger, Gen. 19.
There are many more things which could be listed that angels have done.
The Preceptor Magazine, October 2003 edition had an article on thoughts and questions about angels. It listed some things angels and men have in common:
--Both angels and men are alive. Both have the ability to move about, speak and worship God.
--Neither is deity. Both are of a lower order than God. Men are yet a little lower than angels.
--Both can choose to obey or disobey God. Each is held responsible for their choice. Their final state will depend on the choice they make, Rom. 6:16, Jude 6.
--Both have feelings or emotions. The angels shouted for joy when God laid the foundation of the earth, Job 38:4-6.
--Men marry and are given in marriage, and by procreation populate the earth and continue the race, Lk. 20:34, Gen. 1:28. Angels do not marry and procreate, Mt. 22:30, Neh. 9:6. This implied that angels are sexless beings. As a result, there are no baby angels, no cupids with bows and no teen angels.
--Men are visible to one another while alive. Angels, as spirit beings, are invisible to men. There are occasions when the eyes of the beholder have been opened so that he has the ability to see angels, Gen. 18 and 19, Lk. 24:4.
--Men are mortal and subject to death, Heb. 9:27. Angels are immortal, not subject to death, Lk. 20:34-38.
--Men have a Savior, Jesus Christ. Angels that sin are kept in Tartarus in chains of darkness until their judgment, Jude 6, 2 Pet. 2:4.
To me, one of the greatest things about angels is that they are sent here to help Christians. We read in Hebrews 1:13-14: “And to which of the angels has he ever said, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”
Someone may ask, do we have a guardian angel? I don’t believe the Bible teaches we have a specific angel to help us. Why would we want one angel when we could have many? I will take the many and be thankful for God’s grace in providing angels to help and serve us.