“Why We Should Believe in the Virgin Birth” series: (post #3)
We’ve been in a series of posts on the question of why we should believe in the virgin birth. With the two previous posts, we learned that we should believe in the virgin birth because scripture and Bible prophecy demand it. Now, with this third and last post, we’re going to see that logic also demands it.
Can you name the problem with any man fathering a child? It’s the fact that a sinner can only produce another sinner. This has been the tragic, vicious cycle that mankind has been in since the moment Adam ate of the forbidden fruit and became a sinner.
When Adam impregnated Eve that first time, perhaps he hoped that the baby would not bear the marks of his sin. Sadly, though, it surely wasn’t too long into Cain’s life before Adam realized that his race was ruined. Cain came complete with the inborn nature of a sinner, and that meant that he, like his mother and father, was marked for death. As the Bible says, sin brings death, and the moment Cain was conceived, the clock began ticking on his mortality.
But it wasn’t just Cain who was born to die. All of Adam’s other sons and daughters shared in that same fate, because they were all products of their daddy’s sin-tainted seed. Then, of course, as Adam’s sons grew up one by one, they themselves took wives and fathered children, who were in turn born as sinners as well.
And so it went, on and on, down through the ages because it is an unchangeable fact that a sinner can only father another sinner. Romans 5:12 puts it this way:
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned — (N.K.J.V.)
Now, it is with this in mind that I want you to put yourself in the place of God. You’ve got to get a Savior into this world, a Savior who will die for all the sins of the world. Obviously, if that Savior is going to die for those sins, He Himself must be completely without sin. But how could any baby be born into the human race without passing through and coming under Adam’s taint of sin? How could a sinless child be conceived in a mother’s womb when every potential father on planet Earth was a sinner? I’ll tell you how: the virgin birth. The man in the male-female/biological relationship would have to bypassed altogether.
And that’s just what God did. Luke 1:35 lets us see as far as we can see into the mystery of the virgin birth. That verse says:
And the angel (Gabriel) answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” (N.K.J.V.)
You see, there had to be something miraculous and supernatural about Christ’s birth. He simply couldn’t be the seed of Joseph and yet still be sinless and perfect. As fine a man as Joseph was, he was defective material. He was a sinner, a sinner who could only father another sinner. That’s why Christ’s birth had to be different. Really, when you come at it from a doctrinal standpoint, the virgin birth was perfectly logical. That’s why we say that logic demands that we believe in the virgin birth.