Did the Holy Spirit impregnate Mary during a mystical visitation, sort of like a male would? Or did something completely different take place?
- There are two persons—in fact, two women—involved in the birth of Christ.
- Mary was not “impregnated” by the male Spirit of God. Rather, the feminine aspect of God overshadowed her.
- The New Testament uses the Greek word “ĕk” in connection to a woman giving birth; “ĕk” means “to bring forth from a woman,” or “out from a woman.”
- When a father is spoken about as the procreating factor, the word the New Testament uses is “gĕnnaō” meaning “begot.”
“Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of [“ĕk”] the Holy Spirit.’ ” –Mt 1:19-20, NKJ
The Holy Spirit Gave Birth to Jesus
In the verses above, the Bible uses the word ĕk (translated “of” or “from”) to denote origin as in, “that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” This word is extremely important because the New Testament uses the Greek word ĕk in connection to a woman giving birth… ĕk means, “to bring forth from a woman,” or “out from a woman.” Therefore, Mary has just received into her womb a baby brought forth from a woman — the Holy Spirit.
It is also from this word that Jesus first introduced his church the ĕkklēsia:
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church [ĕkklēsia], and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. — Mt 16:18, NKJ
The Greek word ĕkklēsia is a compound word. The two words that make up Jesus’ word for church are ĕk and kalĕō: ĕk meaning, “out from (by inference of birth from a woman)” and kaleo meaning, “to call.” So the church is, in effect, made up of people who are “called out from the womb of a woman” or called out of the world to be birthed alive by the feminine Spirit.
Therefore, the church–all believers–are birthed from the womb of God the Mother.
When a father is spoken about as the procreating factor, the word the New Testament uses is gĕnnaō which means “begot” or even to “father a child.” See the following examples where the words ĕk (by or out from a woman) and gĕnnaō (begot or conceived from a father) are used:
Abraham was the father [“gĕnnaō”/begot ] of Isaac, Isaac was the father [“gĕnnaō”/begot] of Jacob, and Jacob was the father [“gĕnnaō ”/ begot] of Judah and his brothers. Judah was the father [“gĕnnaō”/begot] of Perez and Zerah by [“ĕk” out of] Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram . . .. and Salmon the father of Boaz by [“ĕk” out of] Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by [“ĕk” out of] Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by [“ĕk” out of] her who had been the wife of Uriah. –Mt 1:2-6, NKJ
The scriptures use very precise words to reveal the origin of Christ, words and phrases we may not totally understand at first glance, but Joseph certainly would have. In other words, Joseph knew when the angel said, “Joseph don’t be afraid because the origin of this baby is “by” (ĕk) the Holy Spirit,” that this baby was wholly God’s birthed into her “by” another woman. His wife was not being impregnated by the male Spirit of God. Rather, the feminine aspect of God would supervene and the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit would envelope Mary, birthing into her someone extremely special and then Jesus would physically enter this world “by” Mary. So there are two persons—in fact, two women—involved in the birth of Christ. One of the women is our spiritual mother–the Holy Spirit–and the other is an example of truly amazing faith.