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Luke 1:35 Commentary - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

35. The Holy Ghost The definite article is not in the Greek. The phrase holy spirit here designates not the third person in the trinity; for, then, he would be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; but the same holy spirit of Deity which brooded upon chaos and produced the creation.

Come upon thee See Act 1:8.

The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee The pure Spirit of God should sanctify her nature and render her the holy mother of the Son of God.

Overshadow thee By an act of power as pure as the shadow of a cloud shed down upon thee, shall God be the creative father of thy holy son.

The holy thing That totality which is born of thee, including both human and divine, is holy, a holy thing. Its human flesh and blood, though drawn from a fallen source, shall, as they form into his being, be pure as the first Adam, by association with the divine. Him hath God sanctified and sent through the ordinary pathway of birth into the world. Joh 10:36. So that Christ taking our nature took not its sin.

Shall be called the Son of God Because the second person in the Trinity is by this divine operation, and this human conception and birth, incarnated in his person. Undoubtedly the production of the human birth by Deity entitles even the human person of our Saviour to the appellation Son of God. Yet primarily this title, taking its starting point from the divinity, descends to include the humanity. On the other hand, the title Son of man, beginning with his humble humanity, takes in its glorified state, and even its union with the divine.

The idea of a god become incarnate, and thus a god-man, it is often said abounds in heathen mythology, and so in Christianity is a plagiary. But though heathenism has her gods incarnate, she never rose to the thought of the infinite and eternal God assuming humanity upon his divinity. That Hercules should be begotten of Jove, or Achilles be born of the goddess Thetis, are small fables, bearing no analogy to the true Incarnation. And even the incarnations of Vishnu in Hindoo mythology are merely the goings forth of the god himself under the mere shape of animal or man. They are not a real divinity in a real humanity, a unity of the two complete personal natures, perfect God and perfect man, constituting one God-man.

Consult other comments:

Luke 1:35 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:35 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 1:35 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 1:35 - Adam Clarke's Commentary and Critical Notes on the Bible

Luke 1:35 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 1:35 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:35 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:35 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 1:35 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 1:35 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 1:35 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 1:35 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 1:35 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:35 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 1:35 - Cornelius Lapide Commentary

Luke 1:35 - Lightfoot Commentary Gospels

Luke 1:35 - Church Pulpit Commentary

Luke 1:35 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 1:35 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 1:35 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 1:35 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 1:35 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 1:35 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 1:35 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 1:35 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 1:35 - Combined Bible Commentary

Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments