History, Theology

Swaddling Cloths

Recently, I saw a video of a supposed Messianic Jewish rabbi talking about Luke 2:12. After declaring Jesus's birth in Bethlehem, the angelic host tells the shepherds: And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. This rabbi goes on to say… Continue reading Swaddling Cloths

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Theology

The Virgin Birth, post 5

After the message on Sunday, my friend Matt asked a couple of good questions about Mary and the virgin birth. Both were valid questions worth considering, and both are questions that people have struggled with as they read the Scriptures over the years. Question #1: Why Don't We Hear About Mary and Joseph later in… Continue reading The Virgin Birth, post 5

Theology

The Virgin Birth, post 4

The gospel record in Matthew and Luke makes it clear that the early church embraced the idea of Jesus' miraculous conception in the womb of Mary. But one of the chief criticisms of the doctrine of the miraculous conception is that the rest of the New Testament is silent about it. If the doctrine was… Continue reading The Virgin Birth, post 4

Theology

The Virgin Birth, post 3

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with… Continue reading The Virgin Birth, post 3

Theology

The Virgin Birth, post 2

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.… Continue reading The Virgin Birth, post 2

Theology

The Virgin Birth, post 1

Introduction Today, we are beginning a series on one of the most controversial beliefs of Christianity - the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. James Orr, writing in The Fundamentals said this: The Virgin Birth is assailed with special vehemence, because it is supposed that the evidence for this miracle is more easily got rid of… Continue reading The Virgin Birth, post 1