What the Bible says about Mary.

What does the Bible say about the virgin Mary

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Question: “What does the Bible say about the virgin Mary?”

Answer: Mary the mother of Jesus was described by God as “highly favored” (Luke 1:28). The phrase “highly favored” comes from a single Greek word, which essentially means “much grace.” Mary received God’s grace.

Grace is “unmerited favor,” meaning that something we receive despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mary needed grace from God just as the rest of us do. Mary herself understood this fact, as she declared in Luke 1:47, “. . . and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. . .”

Mary recognized that she needed the Savior. The Bible never says that Mary was anyone but an ordinary human whom God chose to use in an extraordinary way. Yes, Mary was a righteous woman and favored (graced) by God (Luke 1:27-28). At the same time, Mary was a sinful human being who needed Jesus Christ as her Savior, just like everyone else (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 John 1:8).

Mary did not have an “immaculate conception.” The Bible doesn’t suggest Mary’s birth was anything but a normal human birth. Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus (Luke 1:34-38), but the idea of the perpetual virginity of Mary is unbiblical. Matthew 1:25, speaking of Joseph, declares, “But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave Him the name Jesus.”

The word “until” clearly indicates that Joseph and Mary did have sexual union after Jesus was born. Joseph and Mary had several children together after Jesus was born. Jesus had four half-brothers: James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas (Matthew 13:55). Jesus also had half-sisters, although they are not named or numbered (Matthew 13:55-56). God blessed and graced Mary by giving her several children, which in that culture was the clearest indication of God’s blessing on a woman.

One time when Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd proclaimed, “Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed” (Luke 11:27). There was never a better opportunity for Jesus to declare that Mary was indeed worthy of praise and adoration. What was Jesus’ response? “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” (Luke 11:28). To Jesus, obedience to God’s Word was more important than being the woman who gave birth to the Savior.

Nowhere in Scripture does Jesus, or anyone else, direct any praise, glory, or adoration towards Mary. Elizabeth, Mary’s relative, praised Mary in Luke 1:42-44, but her praise is based on the blessing of giving birth to the Messiah. It was not based on any inherent glory in Mary.

Mary was present at the cross when Jesus died (John 19:25). Mary was also with the apostles on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:14). However, Mary is never mentioned again after Acts chapter 1. The apostles did not give Mary a prominent role. Mary’s death is not recorded in the Bible. Nothing is said about Mary ascending to heaven or having an exalted role there. As the earthly mother of Jesus, Mary should be respected, but she is not worthy of our worship or adoration.

The Bible nowhere indicates that Mary can hear our prayers or that she can mediate for us with God. Jesus is our only advocate and mediator in heaven (1 Timothy 2:5). If offered worship, adoration, or prayers, Mary would say the same as the angels: “Worship God!” (See Revelation 19:10; 22:9.) Mary herself sets the example for us, directing her worship, adoration, and praise to God alone: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is His name” (Luke 1:46-49).

About Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mommy of 5 blessings & NM Top Earner.

As a wife, homeschooling stay at home mom of 5 beautiful blessings, taxi, chef, doctor, philosopher etc, my life is full of adventures everyday. Most of the adventures lead me to find another lost piece of my identity concealed deep within my heart. I have always felt that there was more to life than just “making it through”. After 5 little ones (4 under 4 & in diapers), I lost all the pieces I had found along the way. I was left with thinking my identity was being a wife and mom. “This can’t be all there is to me!”, I reasoned. Who am I? What’s in my heart? Why do I thrive around beauty and my heart leaps for joy when experiencing something as simple as a sunset. A feeling like I am free, inside. My heart can breathe again as if it had been holding its oxygen all along. Did God make me like this, I wondered? I felt guilty for longing to let my heart be free once again. After all the picture we have of a “perfect” woman is one that is ALWAYS busy! Always volunteering, always giving of herself with never once a thought of the state of her inner being. That is why we lose our hearts. Vulnerability is not welcomed anywhere. Femininity in its purest form is frowned upon. Why? Because women are supposed to be tough! The kind of tough that is just wrong. We are trained to hide our vulnerability, along with our femininity, very early in life. The wounds we have received as little girls leave us reacting as women like that wounded little girl would: we retreat, we regress. The message we received? You can’t trust anyone! Your femininity and vulnerability is a weakness. Most of us walk through life “playing” or pretending to be someone we’re truly not. As adults, we make choices based on how we were programmed when we were young. The real us hides somewhere inside, waiting to be rescued. Like a wounded animal hiding from its master, wanting to trust and soar again, but so afraid of the uncertainty that awaits. The risk is not worth it, we think to ourselves. To be quite honest most of you have not found a safe place to be yourselves. Embarking on a quest to find the real you takes courage. God created you in His image. Adam bears the image of a warrior God. A man is supposed to tell the world, on God’s behalf, He will come through for you. Eve bears the image of a captivating God and her heart is made to show His beauty. A woman is supposed to tell the world, everything is ok. She is that calm & quiet spirit. Safety; a place of refuge and healing beauty. This is what our hearts long for; Eden. The place for which we were created. The place in our hearts we know we belong. I am just a simple girl on a quest to finding my heart. Not the way I was “shaped” by the world but the way God created me. I pray that this journey will be encouraging and uplifting to others. I am going on an adventure and invite you to come with me! I am very transparent because that is what this world needs! With all my love, Laire

Posted on May 2, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Mother Mary being the mother ( as you said earthly mother) of Jesus Christ, is still the mother of Jesus. She bought him up in good ways like every mother does. Without a mother or someone good enough a child couldnt be bought up as God purposes. If she was meant just as a womb to bring Jesus to earth then the question is why did God choose her from among all those spinsters? God found her worthy to bear him.God himself found her worthy.God found her from among the millions,then why do u resist?
    When Mother Mary went to Elizabeth, her presence made St.John who was in the womb to rejoice in joy.God made a chance there also, for elizabeth to praise Mother Mary as the blessed one among womankind.There she says clearly that- what makes her so blessed that “The Lords'” mother come to visit her?
    During the first miracle, we see Mary and Jesus, She knew her son and wanted him to make the house happy by turning water to wine.though he said his time has not come and wot does they both hav to do with it.. still she kno’s her son wont reject her appeal.. She is sure he will do what his mother ask him to do. and it is seen she ask the servants to do according to wot he says. And we see the miracle, though he said his time has not come, he did it because and only because of his mothers plea.
    A son who gives so much respect to his mothers words. Doesnt she owe a little respect from us.It is alsio clear here tht jesus heard on his mothers plea..so it is and surely is good way to request our needs thro her. Mother Mary was the way for Christ to the Earth and so should our requests reach him.
    When Christ was crucified She was at the cross..like every mother,She felt for her son.. but Christ knowing his course was done in earth like a good son gives the responsibility of looking after his mother to one of his disciples. He gives his mother a son,his disciple, to love in his absence. At his end period in this earth too.. he doesnt forget her.
    If she was just a “means” for him to come to earth..Then why did God choose her among others?Why did her Son love her so much?Why would he think of wot wud bcome of her after his death?
    All these feelings of Jesus proves his human as well as Godly nature.
    I hav always requested in Mothers name and Jesus hav heard it… because his love for us is great 🙂

  2. There are literally dozens of New Testament Scriptures concerning Jesus that say it is written of him, much of which is written in the psalms. Jesus said, “All things that are written in the law, the prophets and in the Psalms, concerning me, must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44). When Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple, “his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up” (John 2:15-17). The very scriptures that came to the disciples’ minds also speak of Jesus’ siblings, Mary’s other children (Psalm 69:8-9).

    Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
    Psalm 69:7-9

    In Psalm 69:8, the words brethren and children are translated from two entirely different Hebrew words, thus indicating two entirely different types of relationships. The Hebrew word for brethren (‘ach -#251), in Psalm 69:8, is the same word Cain used in Genesis 4:9 in reference to his sibling Abel, saying, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

    The Hebrew word for children (ben -#1121) is the same word that is used in Genesis 3:16, when God told Eve: “in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.”

    When Paul quoted Psalm 69:9 in his epistle to the Romans, and then said, “whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,” he was not oblivious to the fact that Psalm 69:8-9 is prophetic of Jesus and Mary and of Mary’s other children. The subject matter of both passages is the same. He was talking about “reproach.” He was admonishing his readers to be of the same mind as Christ and to follow his example of not pleasing self but others (Romans 15:1-5).
    See the following:

    For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning.
    Romans 15:3-4, emphasis added

    Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
    Psalm 69:7-9, emphasis added

    When the Apostle Paul said, “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof and correction,” he was talking about the Old Testament (2 Timithy 3:16). Paul taught “none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come” (Acts 26:22), and he “believed all things that are written therein” (Acts 24:14). If the doctrine of perpetual virginity had in fact been taught in the early church, Paul most certainly would have made it perfectly clear to his readers when he quoted Psalm 69:8 that the context of the verse he quoted only seems to contradict the doctrine of perpetual virginity.

    Since all scripture is inspired of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, and correction, and is totally silent on the doctrine of Mary’s perpetual virginity, the doctrine has to have been born out of the living tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.

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