I am disturbed about some preachers’ opinions that an egg of Mary was used in the conception of Jesus. Could you please expound a little on the subject?
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” (Matt.1:18)
The word “birth” comes from the Greek word “genesis” meaning “beginning, origin, procreation”.
The contention that Jesus was born of Mary’s natural egg which was fertilized by the sperm introduced by the Holy Spirit is to necessitate that Jesus was a true earthly MAN. This teaching actually tears away the core of truth that Jesus was the ONLY BEGOTTEN (MONOGENE) OF GOD. Just to support the teaching, this verse of Luke 1:35 is quoted: “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
The overshadowing of the Virgin was not to purge or to sanctify her egg for fertilization by the sperm which was introduced by the Holy Spirit; it was the power of God coming upon her to bring about the genesis of the Manchild (Matt.1:20). She was chosen to be the 'mother' of the Child. As both the sperms and eggs of mankind hold the genetic traits of the fallen nature, and as the new creation of the fallen mankind can only take place by a spiritual rebirth, it would certainly be contrary for God to take one of Mary’s eggs and rid it of its natural genetic traits for the conception of His Son. Hence, Matt.1:18 states clearly how the BIRTH of Jesus Christ came about ― a genesis to bring about a new creation. A new creation requires all things new.
Now, the particular expression – “seed of the woman” – needs to be understood. “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Gen.3:14-15) A woman does not have seeds in her womb. She receives seeds that are sown in her womb. Once a seed is received a conception takes place. The expression speaks exclusively of a conception that is beyond the natural. Let me illustrate: Joseph married Josephine and birthed a son, Joe. Joe is the son of Joseph and Josephine but he is the seed of Joseph. When Josephine was pregnant with Joe, she is said to be carrying the seed of Joseph. However, by term of reference, the seed of Joseph is rightly Josephine’s too for she carried it.
God had already pre-ordained a NEW CREATION for man even before the Fall of Mankind. A new creation is not a re-creation. It has nothing to do with the flesh. It has to do with the spirit for “that which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (John 3:6). Hence, it is clear that “flesh is flesh” and “spirit is spirit”.
So then, when the Spirit of God overshadowed Mary He planted His SEED in her. This SEED is the WORD OF GOD (cf. Luke 8:11). It has LIFE in itself when planted as an egg. That’s why the Word of God is the Seed of God. This is to bring about a NEW CREATION. It has nothing to do with the natural flesh cell (egg) of Mary for she was a sinner and her flesh was also corrupt.
To teach that God sanctified an egg cell of Mary so that He could introduce His “sperm cell” would be to teach, not NEW CREATION but REGENERATION. Certainly, the definitions of the two terms are very similar but there is a marked difference. A true worshipper who is born again with the baptism of the Holy Spirit has “a new heart” and “a new spirit” (Ezek.18:31; 36:26) will receive a glorified body at the Lord’s coming. However, for anyone who has to live through the Age of Regeneration and subject himself/herself to Christ’s “rod of iron” rule will continue on into eternal life in the New Heaven and New Earth but he/she will not have a glorified body.
Take a look at this passage:
KJV 1Cor.15:36: Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39: All flesh is not the same flesh:…
Here’s the NIV rendition:
1Cor.15:36: How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37: When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
38: But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.s
39: All flesh is not the same:…
Therefore, what kind of body did God give to Jesus Christ? The Word, which was God, was just a seed of a SPIRITUAL kind. As It was to bring forth ALL THINGS NEW in the life of all who could believe, It was given its own body totally handmade by the Almighty Father outside that of Mary’s own body. It had to be His Own body, not a “hybrid” in any way, not even a taint of fallen flesh. "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed" (1Pet.2:24).
One question that normally pops up to defend the usage of “Mary’s egg” is this: “If Mary’s egg was not involved, how could Jesus ever feel the pain and suffering of fallen man?”
This is quite a presumption that Jesus could not. Before Jesus came, did Yahweh our God not feel our pain and suffering? Need God be a man to feel such? And did not the Father show that by identifying with us in His Son?
Thank God that we are "being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (1 Pet.1:23).
So, without doubt, both the sperm and the egg, which brought about the conception and birth of Jesus Christ, were totally the creation of God. Jesus Christ is the PURE SEED of God. He is the MONOGENE.