by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Faith Once Delievered (6 of 15)
The Virgin Birth
Clarence E. Macartney
Luke 1:34, 37

Without God the Virgin Birth was impossible; but with
God it was not only possible, but a historic fact, one
of the great foundation truths upon which stands the
glorious structure of the Christian faith.

The first doubter, although in a quite different
spirit from that of more recent doubters, was the
Virgin Mother-to-be herself. When the angel came to
her at Nazareth and told her that she was to bring
forth a son whose name would be Jesus, she was
espoused to Joseph but not yet wedded to him. It was
not strange, then, that the amazed damsel wondered how
this could come to pass; how, not yet married, she
could give birth to a child. "How shall this be?" she
said. Gabriel answered, "The Holy Spirit 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."
Then he proceeded to tell her that her cousin
Elisabeth, far advanced in age, was going to bear a
child, "for with God nothing shall be impossible."
That was the angel's answer to the wonder and doubt of
Mary. It is God's answer to all wondering and doubt
about the Virgin Birth of His Son, our Savior. "With
God nothing shall be impossible." How that Virgin
Birth came to pass we are told in the lovely
narratives of Matthew and Luke.

Objections to the Virgin Birth

For some reason the doctrine of the Virgin Birth has
been singled out for unbelief more than any other fact
in the life of our Savior. Just why, it would be
difficult to tell. It is, indeed, a miracle, but no
greater miracle than the resurrection of Christ from
the dead. And yet many who accept the Incarnation,
that God became man, and who seem to have no trouble
with other facts in the life of Jesus, stumble at the
doctrine of the Virgin Birth. What are some of the
alleged reasons f ...

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