110 – Conception of Christ


CONCEPTION OF CHRIST
§110. The conception of Christ, by the Holy Ghost, 1 in the virgin Mary, 2 whereby the Son of God 3 assumed a human nature, 4 was the beginning of His humiliation, not 5 inasmuch as it was the assumption of a human nature by the Son of God, but in so far as the manner in which the incarnation took place was by conception in the womb of a sinful woman, 6 from whom the Son of God took His human nature, 7 but without a stain of sin, 8 that He might atone for and cover our innate sinfulness. 9

1. The conception of Christ, by the Holy Ghost

  Luke 1:35, 38 The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (38) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy Word. And the angel departed from her.


2. in the virgin Mary

  Isaiah 7:14 Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

  Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

  Luke 1:31, 42 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. (42) Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.


3. whereby the Son of God

  Luke 1:35 That Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

  Isaiah 7:14 And shall call His name Immanuel.

  Matthew 1:23 And they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

  Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law.


4.assumed a human nature,

  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.

  Hebrews 2:14 As the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same.

  Luke 1:43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

  Romans 1:3 Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.


5.was the beginning of His humiliation,

  Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.


6. not inasmuch as it was the assumption of a human nature by the Son of God, but in so far as the manner in which the incarnation took place was by conception in the womb of a sinful woman,

  Luke 2:48–49 Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing. And He said unto them, How is it that ye sought Me? wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?

  John 2:4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee?


7. from whom the Son of God took His human nature

  II Samuel 7:12 I will set up thy Seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish His kingdom.

  Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne.

  Romans 1:3 Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.

  Hebrews 2:14–15 Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.


8. but without a stain of sin,

  Luke 1:35 Therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

  Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.


9. that He might atone for and cover our innate sinfulness.

Hebrews 2:11, 17–18 For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren. (17. 18) Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted.