How can Jesus Christ be a man when he was created
by God through the Holy Spirit.

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How can Christ be a man?

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, August 2000, p.2

I HAVE BEEN reading your magazine for quite some time through the tireless efforts of my - friend who gives me any issue that she can. I'm in search of the true religion and ever since my first visit to one of your locales, I have begun to seriously research on your doctrines because I find them very different from the other religions I have come across in the past.  Your faith  enlightens me in a way that I have not felt before. I would like to know how Christ can be man when Matthew 1:18-24 states that the Lord Jesus was created by God through the Holy Spirit.

Lestat de Lioncourt


Editor's reply:

       We are glad to hear from you and to learn that our magazine has been of help to you. Regarding your question, let us begin with the declaration of Christ regarding His state of being:

     “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who was told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this.” (Jn. 8:40, New King James Version)

     Christ said that He is a man. This is equivalent to saying that He is not God because God is not man and man is not God (Hos. 11:9; Ezek. 28:2). The apostles also testified that Jesus Christ is man (Acts 2:22; I Tim. 2:5).

     What might have confused you is the truth that Christ’s conception is unlike that of an ordinary human being. An ordinary human being is created by God through the sexual union of husband and wife with the collaboration of God who forms a child in the womb of his mother:

     “This is what the Lord says-your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb …” (Is. 44:24, New International Version)

     Through Christ was formed in Mary’s womb, His conception, however, was not through the natural process of procreation, which is through the sexual union of husband and wife, but through the Holy Spirit:

     “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” (Mt. 1:18, Ibid.)

     What was conceived in Mary’s womb was a child and not God, for God is neither man nor the son of man (Num. 23:19). Moreover, had Mary conceived God, then there would be two Gods-one who created another and one who was created by another. This is absurd.

     The fact that Christ was conceived or was created proves that He is not God since nobody created God. He is the Creator of the universe and everything in it including man (Mal. 2:10; I Cor. 8:6).

     The fact that Christ was conceived in a manner different from that of ordinary human beings does not prove that He is God. Adam and Eve were also created by God in unique ways. Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7) while Eve was created out of Adam’s rib (Gen. 2:21-23). But we know that Adam and Eve are not gods even though they differ from ordinary human beings in regard to the manner by which God created them. Thus, though Christ was created through the power of the Holy Spirit, He still is man and not God.


Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.

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