The Real Story of the Birth of God's Son
There are people who get mixed up concerning the story of the Lord Jesus Christ. In relation to this, one of the most frequently asked questions is, Which happened first, Mary’s conception of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, or His being begotten from the bosom of the Father?
Biblically speaking, His being begotten from the bosom of the Father happened first of all. Proverbs 8:12 says,
“I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”
The wisdom of God is the one speaking in this verse. But who is the wisdom of God? 1 Corinthians 1:24 says,
“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
Using the definite article “the”, the wisdom of God being referred to is Christ. And to further prove this, 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 says,
“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:”
Who is this wisdom? 1 Corinthians 2:8 says,
“Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
So, it is very clear that the wisdom of God is our Lord Jesus Christ. The next question is, when was He brought forth by God? Proverbs 8:22-27 says,
“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there:”
Therefore, the wisdom was already there even before the earth was created. To further prove that, John 17:5 says,
“And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”
He was brought forth from the bosom of the Father before the beginning of the world. Now, He was conceived by the virgin Mary, and He was brought forth as Jesus, the son of Mary. Therefore, it is clear now that the bringing forth of Christ from the bosom of God happened first. John 1:1-3 says,
JOHN 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
JOHN 1:3 (RSV)
all things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
There are two ways by which Christ is being referred to in the Bible: He is called as the Son of God and the Son of man. Why Son of God? Because He was the begotten Son of God. However, there are feeble-minded people who would contest, how could God beget when He is a being in the masculine gender. Psalms 94:9 states,
“He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?”
If God created the eyes that can see, the ears that can hear, and the womb of a woman, could He not beget? It is none of anybody’s business to ask how God would do that. If He wants to beget, so be it.
He said, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” Therefore, it was not Mary who gave birth to that. Which is that? That is the Son of God. In His spirit being, Christ is the Son of God, but in his flesh, He is the Son of Mary. He is called the Son of God and the Son of man. The Son of man is the flesh, but the Son of God is the spirit that dwells in the human body. Colossians 2:9 says,
“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
It has to be understood that there is a Son of God that dwells inside that body. The son of Mary is the flesh or the physical body. The body is different from the spirit being of Christ. Hebrews 10:5 says,
“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith . . .”
It implies that He did not originate here; He just came into the world. To continue with the verse . . .
“ . . . sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:”
The body came from the world but, that which entered into the world is not from the world. He is not from the world. The question is, where did He come from? John 6:38 says,
“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”
That is the secret: He came down from heaven. From where in heaven did He come? John 13:3 says,
“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;”
John 1:18 says,
“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
He came from the bosom of the Father; He was brought forth. And then from heaven, He came into the world; He took a human body which was prepared for Him when He descended. This is the story of our Lord.