It is simplistic to suggest we cannot possibly ascertain what is good and bad if scripture does not specifically mention this or that. So, if scripture does not specifically say “crawling on all fours and barking like a dog is sin”, charismatics say it is acceptable! Another way of putting it is this – if scripture does not say something, then we may fill that space with whatever we think is spiritual and good! Both are instances of ‘extra-Biblical’ thinking. Even sound Christians are very poor at biblical logic! (Yes, there is such a thing).
I have said elsewhere that Christ was implanted into Mary so that He did not receive sin as part of His being. Joseph had no part in His conception, and so neither did Mary. Christ, rather, was placed in Mary’s womb divinely as an embryo, so that whilst Jesus would be born a man, He did not have the taint of sin. For this reason, I said, He had no earthly parents, meaning, parents who conceived Him.
He had earthly parents, much as an adopted son has parents who look after his welfare. But, they had no part in Jesus’ conception. This was vital, otherwise the sin factor that passes from generation to generation would have been given to Him. If he had received sin at conception, His entire mission would have been invalid and useless, and against the whole tenor of scripture concerning salvation.
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.” (1 Corinthians 15:45-49)
It is essential that “we shall also bear the image of the heavenly”, because without it we cannot enter Heaven. To enter Heaven we must be holy, even as He is holy. When Ananias was prompted by God to visit the blind Saul, he told Saul he would receive the Holy Ghost after receiving his sight. This followed on from being visited by Christ Himself, who imparted salvation to Saul. No mere man can give the Holy Spirit to another unless he is sin-free with authority to do so. Only Jesus was sin-free (as was the first Adam until his fall). He was sin-free because He did not have the sin principle that corrupts ALL human beings, from fallen-Adam to the end of time. Jesus, and Jesus alone, was sin-free completely and throughout His lifetime. That is how He could be our sacrificial Lamb, without spot or blemish.
The ‘second Adam’, “is the Lord from heaven”. He was and is God, and his human form could not cohabit with utter holiness – His Godhood – unless he was sinless. Both as a Man and as God He was completely sin-free and holy. It was the qualification needed to die on the cross as a propitiation for our sins.
This meant He could not have had human biological parents. Mary was a surrogate mother, one who acted as a bodily shelter for the Lord, so that He could grow as a man and be Man. But, to be our sacrifice He needed to be spotless, so His conception was divine and not human; He did not have the sin principle passed on to His body and soul. It also meant His spirit was alive and not dead, as with all other human beings. Adam’s spirit died as a result of his sin – Christ, the second-Adam, was able to cause a man’s spirit to be reborn, to be brought alive, so that he could communicate with God and receive salvation. Thus, Christ reversed the effect of death and sin that results from having the sin principle within at conception.
Where is the biblical evidence for all this? It is there in abundance, but not in direct language. You will not find the statement ‘Jesus did not have earthly parents’, any more than you will find the statement ‘God is a Trinity’... but both statements are discerned from many texts that all combine to point towards their accuracy and truth.
This is what I refer to as ‘biblical logic’. We have direct texts giving direct teachings. These are the texts everyone can understand and pass on. There are also biblical truths that arise logically from scripture. It is this latter form I refer to in this article. The most basic fact is that Jesus was both God and Man on this earth, and to be our Saviour He had to be sinless, by not being conceived humanly.
From this we can logically say that as scripture speaks of humans being sinners from conception, Jesus could not have been conceived in the same way as other humans. He HAD to be free from the ‘sin-at-conception’ flaw. But, He could be sustained by nutrients given by Mary’s body, just as His own body would later be sustained by earthly food as He grew into boyhood and then manhood. To me, all this is biblically logical and cannot be escaped.
How exactly is the sin principle passed on at conception? Is it genetic? I do not think so, because it is a judgment from God upon all mankind. Even so, however it is passed on, it is a judgment that ensures the spirit is completely dead from conception. The spirit of Jesus was alive from the time the Father implanted the embryo into Mary, and so it was perfect and sinless.
It is an unnecessary fallacy to suggest Jesus HAD to be like men in every way. Yes, He was the same in every way EXCEPT in sin. Though He was sinless He still experienced the range of emotions and other faculties as did other men, but always they were perfect. We cannot deny this if we look at ourselves. As saved people we are considered to be perfect by God and expected to live perfectly, even before we reach Heaven. Also, when we praise God, serve Him, and do not commit sin, we are the same as Jesus was in His human form in a ‘diluted’ sense (for our perfection is bound in Him, not in ourselves). No, we are NOT the same as Jesus in His perfect manhood, but we do show a shadow of it in our lives when we follow the Lord.
For me, all this (and more) tells me Jesus did not have human parents. And, scripture reveals this – Mary did not conceived Jesus humanly, but only acted as a surrogate.
© February 2017
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