Mark Alan Williams
What Is The Virgin Birth?
"Christianity Questions and Answers" podcast CQA 057
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Some mock the virgin birth while other people who call themselves Christians question or deny it. Others misunderstand and are confused. So what is the virgin birth? In this podcast my great friend Dr. Jayakumar Ramachandran gives us the Biblical answer to this question. He also explains why the virgin birth is so important to the Christian faith.
Dr. Jayakumar Ramachandran
Recently Jay was in my home and we sat down to talk over these issues.
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Here are some Scripture passages that explain the virgin birth:
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 ESV)
“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. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: …” (Matthew 1:18-25 ESV)
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 ESV)
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1:23 ESV)
“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.” (Matthew 1:18 ESV)
“And the angel answered her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.’” (Luke 1:35 ESV)
“To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary.” (Luke 1:27 ESV)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1ESV)
Who is Jay?
Dr. Jay was born and raised in Chennai (Madras) India to a staunch Hindu father and a traditional Christian mother.
Jay was more influenced by his father’s beliefs, values, and practices of Hinduism because his father was more religious than his mother. This deprived Jay of any Christian atmosphere and nurturing during his childhood and teenage years. Consequently, Jay formed a pluralistic religious belief.
However, in 1976, through God-orchestrated events, Jay came to know the true and living God by reading the books of John and Romans. In 1989, Jay founded Bible Believing Churches & Missions (BBCM) and continued to plant churches in Bangalore, India and challenge other church leaders to do the same.
Jay has diligently pursued advanced education. His degrees include:
Doctorate degree in Ministry D. Min. (Miss) from Columbia Intel University, USA
Masters degree in Sacred Theology (STM) from Dallas Theological Seminary, USA
Masters degree (M.Th) in Bible Exposition from Asian Christian Academy
Masters degree (M.A) from the University of Madras
For more help in understanding what the Bible says about Jesus, Mary and the importance of faith in Christ see these resources on my website:
Podcast: Is it right to worship or pray to Mary?
Podcast: Does salvation come only through faith in Christ? (Exclusivism)
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