Friday, December 10, 2010

“Mary,” the mother of Jesus Christ -- Not the “Mother of God”


An artist's depiction of Mary, Joseph and the baby
Jesus in a simple stable.
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters….” [Isaiah 55:1-2]

This is that time of year in which Christians celebrate, the birth of Christ. Especially at this time of year, there are depictions of that blest event. Often overshadowing the birth of Christ, is not only the emphasis, but the over emphasis, of Christ’s mother, bearing, the Christ child.

As much as Mary, the earthly (human) mother of Jesus Christ, is to be regarded, respected and honored, she is not (as some, in Christendom, mistakenly believe), the [so-called] “Mother of God.”

Why it is a gross mistake to regard Mary, the human mother of the Christ, to be the “Mother of God:”


First of all, nowhere in the Scriptures, is Mary, the (earthly) mother of Jesus Christ, referred to, as the “Mother of God.” Although Mary is afforded the special God blest privilege [Luke 1:26-56] of bearing the long promised and prophesied Christ [Isaiah 7:14 ; Isaiah 53:1f] by the miracle of the “Incarnation,” that does not justify what some (in the Christian world and religion) have done to elevate her to almost the same equal status with God, Himself.

Secondly, Scripture teaches that one of God’s “Attributes,” is that He is a “Spirit,” [John 4:24] -- [Also, that He is “Invisible” -- 1 Timothy 1:17] Scripture also, ascribes to God, the quality of being, “Eternal.” That means that He has no beginning and no end. [Psalm 90:1-2] Hence, Mary, the (earthly) mother of Jesus, cannot be what some, erroneously term, the “Mother of God.”

Thirdly, those who claim that Mary, the (earthy) mother of Jesus Christ, is the mother of God; do so because they misunderstand and confuse the “Trinity.” The Triune God is a mystery which transcends human reason. Yet, the Scripture teaches that Jesus is God; [John 1:1-18 ; John 8:1f ; Hebrews 1:1f] –- and, He is distinctive from God, the Father and God, the Holy Spirit. [Hebrews 1:1f] Although He is God Incarnate, He is His own person. If Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, were to be the actual “Mother of God,” then, the Scripture’s teaching of the Triune God, would not be true.

Why it is so dangerous to regard Mary, the human mother of the Christ, to be the “Mother of God:”


An artist's depiction of the Mary being
visited by the angel, Gabriel, announc-
ing that she was chosen to give birth
to the Lord Jesus Christ. See
Hebrews 10:5
Elevation of any other, above that of the Triune God, and his Christ, is, Idolatry. [Exodus 20:3-6 ; Acts 4:8-12] When people ascribe to Mary, the (earthly) mother of Jesus Christ, that which venerates her in unscriptural ways – then, that veneration has become forbidden worship. To suggest that Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus Christ can be prayed to and can intercede for sinners is pure and simple blasphemy. Only the Christ is worthy of interceding on behalf of sinners, and, in His Name are Christians, to pray. 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Scripture says little of Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus. Much of what it does say, is contained in the Gospel of Luke 1:1f where it is announced to her, that she was chosen to birth the Christ. Upon hearing this angelic announcement, Mary [herself] makes mention that she, as a sinner, is especially favored and blessed. Mary herself, would not desire herself to be adored and worshiped  as she regarded herself, in need of the Savior, Christ. Luke 1:46-47
To be sure, it is proper and in keeping with Scripture to honor Mary as the human mother of Jesus Christ. But, to be carried away with that reality and to ascribe to her status to be as the "'Queen of Heaven,' dispensing graces to all the faithful." is not the role of Mary for us sinners to imagine, believe -- or, even to wishfully grant.

Christians are warned in Scripture not to add or take away from God’s written revelation. [Rev. 22:18-19] Christians are also warned, not to twist God’s Word [the Scriptures] to our own detriment and destruction. Matthew 15:3 ; Matthew 22:29 ; 2 Peter 3:16


Worshipping the Lord (only) -- and, Him (only) to serve

In the beginning part of Christ’s short, but active and productive ministry, Christ was met by Satan in the wilderness of temptation. In Christ’s firm answer to the devil, He did not mince words. He emphatically stated: 


 "You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve." Matthew 4:1-11

As another Holiday Season is upon us and as the world is about to celebrate another Christmas – the most important message of this Season is often, sadly and pathetically, lost. That message, is, – to worship Christ, the Lord – and, Him only, to pay our homage and allegiance. May the Triune God be merciful to open the eyes of the spiritually blind, to heed His Gospel invitation and obey His commandments. That invitation is for all people for all time; and, for you, personally: 

“….For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ, the Lord……” Luke 2:1-20

May those of you hearing and reading this message accept the reality of your sinful status; and, may you by faith believe that Christ the Savior came for you. May you be careful to hear God's Word as it is taught in its Scriptural context. May you read, mark and inwardly [spiritually] digest God's written (divine) revelation as it is gifted to you in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Those same Scriptures are God's instrument for His Holy Spirit to bring you to personal faith in order to genuinely believe and trust in Christ, your sinless Savior! Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; Acts. 8:26-39 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Hebrews 4:12;13 ; James 1:18

Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Old Testament:

Isaiah 7:14 -- The Virgin Birth of the Messiah, Christ, prophesied

Isaiah 9:6-7 – Prophetic message of the coming Christ, hundreds of years before His birth


New Testament:

Luke 1:26-56 -- The announcement and birth of Christ to Mary who was to become His human mother by the miracle of the "Incarnation" and Virgin Birth

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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