Dr. Dan Hayden • 

I was facing a difficult task, so I prayed and asked the Lord to help me. Well, a sense of resolve and courage came upon me and I was enabled by the Lord to accomplish the task. Come Upon… that is our word today.

The angel Gabriel told the virgin Mary that she would conceive in her womb and bear a son. Then he told her how it would happen. In Luke 1:35 he said,  “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” This is how the Bible explains the virgin birth of Christ. It was a work of the Spirit of God who impregnated Mary by coming upon her.

The word come upon is a compound word where the verb meaning to come has a prefix added to it that means over or upon. The idea then is to superimpose one thing over or upon another. In other words, the Holy Spirit superimposed himself upon her.


There is, in fact, a double emphasis in the text on what the Holy Spirit did to Mary. Literally the text says, “The Holy Spirit will come upon upon you.” The preposition upon is used twice—once as a prefix to the verb and again as a preposition following the verb. Now, we do not know exactly what Mary experienced that night, but we do know that the Holy Spirit came upon her in a special way to implant the seed in her womb and protect her from any evil influence that could contaminate that seed. The angel said, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you…”

Now you know the real meaning of the word.

It was the Holy Spirit that caused Mary to conceive. The Bible is clear about that.


For further study, see: Born of a Virgin