Virgin Birth

The doctrine that Jesus was miraculously conceived by a mother who was a virgin, through the power of the Holy Ghost, thus accomplishing the incarnation of Deity in humanity. Seventh-day Adventists accept the virgin birth of Jesus as a literal, historical fact. The means by which the Incarnation was effected is a divine mystery (see 1 Tim. 3:16 ). The doctrine of the virgin birth rests on the explicit declarations of the Gospel writers. They affirm that Mary conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit ( Matt. 1:18 , 20 ; Luke 1:35 ), not by Joseph ( Matt. 1:20 ), and that Mary was a virgin at the time ( v. 23 ) and remained so at least until after the birth of Jesus ( v. 25 ). The characterizations of Jesus as the “son of Joseph” ( John 1:45 ) and “the carpenter’s son” ( Matt. 13:5...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.