PFOA Apostles' Creed: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary

Read Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38

Miracles attested to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ at both the beginning and end of His life on earth. The Resurrection is perhaps more significant, as Paul said "And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins" (1 Cor. 15:17). The virgin conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit is a miracle which fully qualifies Him to be our saviour as being fully God and fully man He was "without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

Why is this doctrine included in the Apostles' Creed? When we recite "I believe in Jesus Christ ... who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary", what are we really saying, what are the implications? This is a controversial teaching. Secularists and naturalists reject this because the laws of science and the laws of nature require that conception is possible only when there is fertilisation by a donor sperm from a male to an egg in a womb. Liberal theologians teach that the doctrine is unnecessary and sought to "demystify" the scriptures by removing all mention of miracles and supernatural instances. Atheists reject every notion of God and attributed miracles to false representation and teaching.

In the 4th Century, Arius began to teach that God is divine, Jesus was created by God and through him the universe was created. God adopted Jesus and made him His son. Despite passages like John 1, Philippians 2, Arius challenged the doctrine of the Trinity and his idea of Jesus as lower than God raised questions about his ability to save people from their sin. The church leaders called for a council in AD325 in Nicaea, in modern-day Turkey to deal with this controversy. Finally the Nicene Creed was drawn up to counter this heresy. An example of Arianistic teaching is found today with the Jehovah's Witness cult which reject the divinity of Jesus. The Nicene Creed expanded this statement in the Apostles' Creed in this area to deal with Arianism.

Because Jesus Christ is truly God, He is infinite and His death is sufficient to satisfy the wrath of God over the sins past, present and future of all who receive Him as Lord and Saviour. Because He is truly man, and has been tempted as a man, He fully understands our plight and is an ever present help to us as we live out our faith in the world.