MARY AND HER MATERNITY OF GOD (1)
Holy maternity does not translate into Divine Maternity
1) Of a historical truth is the virgin birth that brought forth the holy One of Israel out of the matrix of Mary, daughter of Heli, and also the wife of Joseph. Gabriel visited Mary to announce to her, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS” (Luke 1:31). This is the humanity of the holy One of Israel. Long before this historic appearance of this visitant was the vaticination of Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Nobody ever addressed the physical appearance of Jesus as Immanuel. The Hebraic understanding of Immanuel – with us is God – is the uncomfortable reticent stance of Jesus that the Pharisees could not deal with. They never expected the Holy One of Israel to go through the natural biology of parturition. They know Yeshua (a very common name) as the son of Joseph, the carpenter. His mother, Mary, is not an unknown Israelite; so, how can this Yeshua, or the anglicized Joshua, be the Son of the Living God? They fixed their intellect on the impossibility, forgetting the Genesis 18:14 rhetoric “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”
“Is any thing too hard for the LORD?”
Let us look at one word in this verse. It is the word ‘anything’, dâbâr (daw-baw’) in Hebrew, meaning: ‘Speech, word, speaking, thing; saying, utterance.’ Angel Gabriel used the Greek rendition in Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” What is the Greek for ‘nothing’? It is made up of three words: ou (oo): ‘no, not;’ pas (pas) individually, each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything’; and rhēma (hray’-mah): ‘That which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word’. The theological question that is expected from the inquisitive mind of an intelligent person should be, “Has God spoken it?” and from the Scriptural knowledge of “Is there anything too hard for the Creator?” the answer, in its unambiguity is, “It will certainly be done!” Amen.
The enigmatic duality of the personification found in the incarnafication of Isaiah 9:6-7 is astounding. 6) “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Won8derful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” The Incarnation came with a foetus coming into existence for the first time in the matrix of Mary. The fleshy humanity of Him is Jesus, ‘born’ unto us. Inside the foetus is the eternal Christ, very God of very God, the ‘gift’ from the Eternal Giver. Christ can only be given; He cannot be born. What is very clear is that, for every parturitive reality there is a maternal existence that is always an older entity.
Unto us a child is born; Marian nursed.
The maternal reality, being older, nurses the infant till the weaning period, and guiding the child into adulthood. These Mary did in bringing up the Jesus, the humanity of Immanuel. What could she or Joseph have done to nurture the eternality of a Member of the Godhead to adulthood? A baby is characterized by physical, mental and spiritual weakness; is God ever weak? What knowledge or wisdom has Mary to impart to the One of Whom it is written, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)? Who taught Mary that she could teach the Christ, “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3)?
Does the eternality of God ever experience physical growth? It is known only to man. Yes, Jesus, as the Bible states, “grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). Christ is eternally complete, needing nothing in life’s progression. How did Jesus know that His Father is not the supposedly Joseph? The Christ (“Lord from heaven” 1Crorinthians 15:47) communed with him. Christ is the John 3:13 entity “…that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” Could Mary have attributed to herself, the title of “The Mother of God”? This title could only emerge from the unscriptural thoughts of ill-tutored teachers of the Word.
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few [Matt 9v37]
Jesus Christ made it an unequivocal clarity that, the bountiful harvest into God’s Kingdom will suffer deficiency of good labourers in the LORD’s vineyard. What do we see in these last days? Too many pastors, prophets and ludicrous designation of countless Apostles! Should we then agree that the Omniscience of the Christ did not get it right as far as this numberless surpluasage of labourers is concerned? Some churches even boast of ten or much more in one local assembly. Most definitely, there are more of the ‘uncalled by God’ than the truly and divinely called. For this cause all kinds of doctrines, influenced by Satanism, must be the unfortunate order of the Church days of end time.
Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. Say this sinner’s prayer.
“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”
(…to be continued…)
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