Al Mohler has a great article reflecting on A. T. Robertson’s arguments for the virginal conception of Jesus. According to Robertson, “The virgin birth is the only intelligible explanation of the Incarnation ever offered.”
This last Sunday morning at Kosmosdale Baptist Church, I preached from Matthew 1:18-25, and I opened the message with a string of seven points that show the logic of the virginal conception. In a series of “if” statements, we can see how the virginal conception is not expendable. It is connected to the primary doctrines of christology and soteriology.
- If Jesus had a human biological father in addition to his human mother, then Jesus would be merely human.
- If Jesus was merely human, then there was no deity joined to humanity and thus no incarnation.
- If Jesus was the product of two humans, then he had a sin nature because his biological parents would be sinners.
- If Jesus was a mere human with a sin nature, he could not bear the sins of others on the cross as their Savior–he himself would need a Savior!
- If Jesus was not an effective substitute for sinners, then there is no forgiveness granted when people believe in him.
- If there is no forgiveness for sinners when they bank their hope on Jesus, then the “Gospel about Jesus” is not Gospel at all, because Gospel means “good news,” and there would be no good news to share.
- If the essence of Christianity is the Gospel, then the insistence that Jesus had two biological parents guts the Christian faith.
Do you see the importance of the virginal conception? If there was no virginal conception, then there was no incarnation. And if you lose the incarnation, you lose it all.