Grace Protestant Reformed Church

Jesus’ Holy Conception and Virgin Birth

Date: PM
Text: Luke 1; Lord's Day 14
Psalters: 207, 312, 402, 242
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2016-18)
  1. The facts.
    1. Scripture clearly teaches the incarnation, so our Savior is both divine and human, very God and very man.
      1. Gabriel explains enough for faith to believe, leaving our curiosity unsatisfied (Luke 1:35).
      2. Also, the Spirit inspired Matthew (Luke 1:23) to interpret Isaiah 7 with the distinct word: “virgin.”
    2. In the incarnation: the second Person of the Trinity brought about His conception and birth as a willing deed (Phil. 2:7).
      1. He took upon Himself our human nature (Rom. 9:5; I John 4:2).
      2. Through the door of the incarnation Jesus entered a life of continual suffering; as a conscious act of His love.
  2. The benefits of Jesus’ holy conception and virgin birth.
    1. First, He is identified with us.
    2. Second, Jesus has a perfect human nature, without original sin, because He was incarnated via a virgin.
    3. Third, Jesus took away our sin at its very root.
    4. His real humanity enabled Him to take on Himself all our sinfulness and sin.
  3. The great comfort.
    1. The gospel is one of condescension and grace.
    2. Also Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrew 4:15).
    3. The key to understanding the incarnation is: “With God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37; Jer. 32:27).
    4. And we learn that nothing is too hard for the Lord.