#TalkingThursday – If you don’t talk about Jesus who will?
Dear reader, hello! The question today is: Is there any significance in the Virgin Birth, and how was Jesus born without original sin.
Original sin is a term used to describe the effect of Adam’s sin on his descendants. Specifically, it is the inheritance of a “sinful nature” from Adam. All fallen humans are born with original sin. Original sin consists of the fact that God holds us all guilty for the first sin, which Adam committed, our loss of original righteousness, and our consequent moral inability and corruption.
The Bible tells us that Jesus did not inherit original sin.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
— II Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
— I John 3:5 (KJV)
However, the bible does not clearly tell us exactly how original sin is communicated to each individual and neither does it tell us exactly how Jesus avoided the inheritance of original sin.
Many scholars use Romans 5:12 – 19 to hold the opinion that the original sin is communicated directly to each individual by virtue of that person’s solidarity with Adam.
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
— Romans 5:12 (KJV)
In line with this, I believe Jesus avoided certain aspects of covenant solidarity with Adam (and thus avoided the consequent pollution from original sin) by being born through the virgin birth i.e. without a human father.
Sin entered the world through Adam, not Eve. Although Eve was the one who sinned first, sin did not enter the world through her. It entered through Adam. The concept behind this is called Federal Headship i.e. a father represents his descendants. It is taught in Hebrew 7:9-10, and gives some biblical support for the idea that the sin nature was passed down through the father. Since Jesus had no biological father, the sin nature was not passed down to Him. However, since He had a human mother, He was fully human without the original sin.
Again, the Bible does not lay this out explicitly, and it is rather speculative. In short, it’s a great question, but the Bible doesn’t give us a clear answer. It only assures us of one result: Jesus was born without original sin.
Jesus has two natures: God and man.
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.
Colossians 2:9 (KJV)
Jesus received His human nature from Mary, and His divine nature through God the Holy Spirit. This is why the doctrine of the virgin birth ( ) is crucially important to Jesus’ lack of original sin. The Virgin Birth circumvented the transmission of the sin nature and allowed the eternal God to become a perfect man.
The excerpt below sums up the significance and many miracles hidden within the virgin birth:
Both men and women are born with original sin/sin nature. But only the man transmits “original sin” or the sin nature. Woman are recipients and do not transmit original sin.
Every human has 23 pairs (n=46) of chromosomes. Receiving one set (n=23) from each parent. The 23rd pair is either a pair of XX (female) or XY(male).
All the cells in female body contain only X chromosomes, and no Y. While men have both X and Y chromosomes.
The virgin birth is a supernatural act of God.
I. Miracle one: – A virgin birth –
A Biologically unfertilized egg inside Mary started to undergo mitotic–division. This is only supposed to happen when an egg is fertilized. Usually an unfertilized egg degenerates when it travels to the fallopian tube from ovaries and is discharged from the body through menstruation.
II. Miracle two: – A Male Child –
Even if conception occurred without fertilization, the offspring should be a female and never a male because Mary’s body does not have the Y chromosome.
III. Miracle three: – Physical Features –
Jesus having the exact same chromosomes (identical DNA coding) as Mary, should have an identical physical feature as Mary – not to mention again that the offspring of a virgin birth should have been a girl.
IV. Miracle four – Divine Provision –
God supplied the Y chromosomes by the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus for him to become a man.
Origin and Spiritual Characteristics of Y chromosomes
At the Creation of Adam and Eve in Gen 2:22 The Lord God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
Rib Greek transliteration:
צֵלָע – tsêlâ
Meaning: “a part of”
God could have made Eve from the dust just like He made Adam but instead God made Eve from a part taken out of Adam.
Science tells us the only difference between the DNA structure of male and female is the absence of Y chromosomes in females. This means Eve should have the same DNA as Adam, since she was made from him, meaning Eve should have been male.
Therefore, God must have taken out the Y chromosomes from the part taken out of Adam to make Eve. God knew Adam and Eve were going to fumble, so He made preparations.
God took out the Y chromosomes from pre-fall Adam and held it in abeyance until Jesus.
Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those who did not disobey an explicit commandment of God, as Adam did. Now Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come.
Romans 5:14 (NLT)
The Christ that Adam is a symbol of is the Adam before the fall, the Adam who had no sin in his body. The NIV version uses the phrase “A Pattern of the one to come” – Christ is a pattern of the Pre-Fall Adam.
In Genesis 2:16-17 the LORD God warned Adam, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”
Now, in the economy of God, Adam was given this commandment before Eve and that makes him the guardian of the command. God also put him in charge of everything.
At the fall, Adam transgressed the law of God and left his responsibility as commander in chief. The consequence given to Adam was different than that of Eve because of difference in responsibility. Because of this, Adam through procreation passed the original sin to his offspring (both male & female). Eve also sinned and her offspring like her become the recipient of sin.
In other words, Man becomes the transmitter of sin while women are recipient and not transmitters of the “original sin/sin nature”. Like man all women are born with the sin nature, but they cannot transmit it.
This is why Jesus had to be born of a virgin – not known by any man. Because women do not transmit the original sin, Jesus was born sinless.
All humans come from a single fertilized cell. Therefore at the embryonic level, Y chromosome becomes the transmitter of original sin while X chromosomes become the recipient (and not the transmitter) of the original sin.
When Mary conceived without the help of a man, the fertilized egg contain only X chromosomes and the offspring should have been a female.
However in Luke 1:35, The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.”
God brought the Y chromosomes He took out of pre-fall Adam (Before Adam Sinned) and now put those chromosomes into the egg of Mary resulting in a XY / male offspring who was sinless and a pattern of the original sinless pre-fall Adam.
Since the Y chromosome was taken out of the sinless pre-fall Adam and the XX chromosomes in females do not transmit the original sin/sin nature, we can definitely conclude that Jesus was born without any responsibility for the original sin and neither did he inherit a sin nature.
WOOOOSH. I loved this wonderful explanation. It is the most biblically scientific one I have ever come across and I hope it brings as much enlightenment and understanding to you as it did to me.
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