18 Now the aorigin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, bMary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child 1of the cHoly Spirit.
181 Lit., out of. Although Christ was born of Mary (v. 16), He was a child of the Holy Spirit. The birth of Christ was directly of the Holy Spirit (v. 20). His source was the Holy Spirit and His element was divine. Through the virgin Mary He put on flesh and blood, the human nature, taking the likeness of the flesh (Rom. 8:3), the likeness of men (Phil. 2:7).