Thankful For God's Inerrant Word
I read in the “Christian Index” that a mega– church pastor has recently declared that the virgin birth of Jesus was not really all that important since it is only mentioned in Matthew and Luke. This pastor seemed to think we could do away with the virgin birth because it was difficult for modern people to believe. He also indicated that it was not needed since the primary concern of the Christian faith is the resurrection of Jesus. This type of degrading of scripture is not new. While there has always been those who would discount the virgin birth, may I point out it was not discounted by God. The first reference to the virgin birth was not Matthew but Genesis. There the scripture speaks of the Messiah being the seed of a woman. Then in Isaiah 7:14, there is the clear prophecy that the Messiah would be born of a virgin. The prophecy is given again by the prophet, Jeremiah. Even if the virgin birth was only mentioned once is scripture, that once would be enough. The Messiah would have to be born of a virgin that He might be able to offer Himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He was born of a women that He might be man and He was born of God that He might be the perfect sacrifice. Jesus was as much man as if He had not been God ,yet, enough God as if He had not been man. When He was born He became man, that He might offer Himself the perfect sacrifice. When he rose from the dead He proved that the sacrifice was enough to secure the salvation of all who would believe. We cannot remove the virgin birth from scripture any more that we can remove the resurrection. Both are essential to our hope of salvation. The validity of scripture does not depend on our belief, but on the only true God who gave it to us. You see God’s word is true whether we believe it or not.
Thankful for God's inerrant Word,