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Expository Article: Luke 1:26-31 (1985)

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The Lukan account of Jesus' birth naturally has christological significance. Luke 1:26-31 is the first part of the narrative of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus (1:26-38) which follows the common scriptural pattern used for theophanic birth announcements. Mark explains Jesus' unique life as due to his being the bearer of the Spirit, the Spirit's having come upon him at his baptism (Mark 1:9-11). John's explanation is that the pre-existent Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Matthew and Luke jointly answer the question of Jesus' unique career in terms of a virginal conception. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary (Matt 1:18, 20; Luke 1:34-35). Two of the three ways of answering the christological question continue to be used in the church. The Lukan account of Jesus' miraculous conception has, above all, soteriological significance.

Keywords: christology; Holy Spirit; Jesus' miraculous conception; John 1:14; Luke 1:26-31; Mark 1:9-11; Matt 1:18; soteriological; Virgin Mary



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