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"Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And , behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest…….." Luke 1:30-32
WHO WAS MARY?
above words were expressed, it is written that the very special angel of the
Lord, Gabriel, "was sent from
God……to a virgin espoused (betrothed) to
a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was
(Luke 1:26-27). The message that the angel Gabriel brought to Mary in the city of Nazareth in Galilee, in BC4, was the same one revealed to Isaiah about 700 years before. " Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel".
The keen, industrious Bible student has no difficulty in identifying Mary as the one fulfilling to role of the ‘woman’ of Genesis 3:15, whose ‘seed’ was to bruise the ‘head’ of the serpent (sin) 4,000 years later, by destroying the power of sin..
Because the Lord Jesus was described by the apostle Paul in Romans 1:3 as "the seed of David according to the flesh", (Romans 1:3), who would receive "the throne of his father David", (Luke 1:32), and because he was not the son of Joseph in fact, these two descriptions could only apply to Him as the son of Mary, indicating beyond dispute that His mother, Mary was truly a descendent of the house of David.
WAS MARY A NORMAL HUMAN BEING?
We ask this question because enormous and spurious claims are made that the virgin Mary was something more than a normal human being and was the eternal virgin, free of all sin and the ‘mother of God’….see Catholic Family Catechism which describes Mary as "Mother of God…(God Bearer)..full of grace, by the grace of her immaculate conception…..who was taken to heaven, body and soul, to be for ever our Queen and mother". These claims made at the Council of Ephesus in AD 431, are all invented imaginings imposed by Rome on the church, which claims quite erroneously that they have the authority to do so, from the traditions approved by the church. It was Theodosius who in AD 380, suppressed the worship of Diana and encouraged people to worship Mary instead
For latter day ‘Christianity’ to make such absurd claims, reveals the penetration of the ‘church’ by paganism, which has elevated the virgin Mary from simply being the mother of the Lord Jesus, to being the ‘mother of god’, with ‘immaculate flesh’ who knew no sin and who is in heaven as ‘Queen of heaven’. That none of these claims about Mary can be proved from Scripture, seems not to worry those making the claims.
Luke 1:27 describes Mary as a virgin, … "…thou art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women". Other than these wonderful words, there is nothing written about her anywhere in the Scriptures to show that she was any way physically different to her ‘cousin Elizabeth’ (Luke 1:36), or that she ascended to heaven or that she is the modern mediatrix between God and men, as the ‘church’ claims, or that she was free from Sin.
It is a matter of record in Luke 2:24, that Mary had to offer a ‘sin offering’ for purification which was necessary for every woman to do, who had a male child. (Leviticus 12:2-6). If she was ‘immaculate’ and free from ‘original sin’, such a sin offering would not have been necessary. That it was necessary under the Law, proves the spurious nature of the claims made. Also, despite the claims of ‘the church’, Mary did have other children, so she could NOT have been the eternal virgin. (Mark 6:3)
IS MARY A MODERN MEDIATRIX?
The apostle Paul preached the gospel to the gentiles and he told them through the Epistle to Timothy, "For there is ONE GOD, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS". (1 Timothy 2:5). Years after the death of Mary , the apostle John wrote so clearly of the role of the Lord Jesus, saying, "If any man sin, WE HAVE AN ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER, JESUS CHRIST THE RIGHTEOUS". Paul clearly tells us that the ONE MEDIATOR is the MAN (immortalised), the Lord Jesus and the apostle John confirms there is ONLY ONE ADVOCATE who can mediate for us, with the Father.
The apostle John goes further, saying, " He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world….. He that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him". (1 John 2:1-4) No where in the Scriptures is there any mention or insinuation that Mary was to be a mediator. It is a pagan invention straight out of the paganism of Babylon.
IS THE ‘ASSUMPTION’ OF MARY BIBLICALLY TRUE?
The Roman Church makes the astonishing claim that Mary’s body, at the time of her death, was resurrected before corruption set in and, reunited with her soul, was spiritualised and glorified and immediately assumed into heaven. That there is not one shred of Biblical evidence to support such outlandish claims does not seem to bother those making the claims, which come under the heading of adding to the Bible word. The Lord Jesus tells us that to those who add to the Word will be added "the plagues that are written in this book". (Revelation 22:18).
THE TRUE BIBLICAL MARY:
In Luke 1:27-28, Mary is described simply as a virgin betrothed to a man called Joseph, "of the house of David", a man who was thus a lineal descendant of Abraham. Mary was told that her son, the product of her womb, would not only be called the "Son of the Highest", but would receive the "throne of his father David". (Luke 1:32). Because Paul speaks of the Lord Jesus as "the seed of David according to the flesh", (Rom. 1:3), it is an inescapable conclusion that Mary was also a descendent of David and Abraham. The "seed of the woman" is traced down to Mary and her son, the Lord Jesus . (Gal. 3:16).
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