MARY AND HER MATERNITY OF GOD (2)
Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria.
(…continues from part one…)
2) One of the false teachings found in churches is what emanates from the Marian theory of theotokos (God bearer), an enabling made-in-Catholicism tool to engender the “Mary is the mother of God” conclusion, brewed in 431 A.D. at the, Roman Catholicism dominated and heavily influenced, Council of Ephesus.
A closer search of the Scriptures could never have ignited the theoretical dogma of Mother of God, in the minds Cyril, Patriarch of Alexandria, and of Nestorius, Patriarch of Constantinople, two of the many considered Church Fathers (of Catholicism). You know what? Many teachers of the Bible believe that Melchizedek, king of Salem, to whom Abraham gave tithes, and the Christ are one and the same person. Remember that Jesus made it quite clear that this cosmos is not of His Kingdom? Jesus must remove the Antichrist, to cleanse the world, before the commencement of His Majestic rule in it. Melchizedek, therefore, could not be the Christ.
.I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Almighty
An Entity of anciency whose existence has no beginning cannot be said to be begotten of another, especially by someone whose existence has a historical beginning. The theological hypostatic union of Jesus Christ, as one hundred percent God and one hundred percent man is the clincher. It is the enablement, galvanizing the full legality of Divine participation in the soteriological consummation. Jesus, armed with His free moral agency and in righteous intent to please the Father; and in joint participatory of the Christ, coming from the eternality of eternities, with all the Omnipotence of His Omniscience, boasting of Divine Omnipresence, apprehensive of every evil intent of Satanism and blocking off all its acts, nothing could go wrong with the salvation having made seven times sure that the holy pregnancy could not be terminated. Mary had, absolutely, nothing to do with this intervention of the Godhead. His humanity went through the biological parturition, and of His Deity? It only partook of His humanity.
The humanity of Jesus could never have been able to save the world; only God could, can and will ever consummate such soteriological feat. Hebrews 2:16 “For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.” What this verse is teaching is that of a dramatic scene where two people are sinking to the point of drowning; Jesus looked at the first one; it was an angel. He looked at the other one who happened to be a human being; and the Saviour decided that it is the son of Adam that He would save. ‘Took on’, from this verse, is the Greek epilambanomai (e-piy-lam-ɓa’-no-mai): ‘to seize (for help, injury, attainment, or any other purpose).’ Could the Council of Ephesus be right in their ‘Mother of God’ conclusion? Selah.
Nestorius [386 AD-451 AD]
One cannot trust the outcome of the Council of Ephesus. According to a Wikipedia publication titled ‘Council of Ephesus,’ one of the theological contestants, Nestorius, “believed that no union between the human and divine was possible. If such a union of human and divine occurred, Nestorius believed that Christ could not truly be consubstantial with God and consubstantial with us because he would grow, mature, suffer and die (which Nestorius argued God cannot do) and also would possess the power of God that would separate him from being equal to humans.” Nestorius [386 AD-451AD], was probably an adherent of Greek philosophers, who believed that the immanent existential facticity and coupled with the eternality of God is just too much to be containerized in any being of Adamic creation.
The Bible does not say, “Christ grew, and waxed strong…;” it says, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). Christ is the Almighty of the Bible; the eternal Deity whose goings forth is ‘from of old’ (i.e. eternal past). He is the existent ancient of days before the Incarnation that saw Him as the infant of days. The anciency did enter into an unprecedented composition with the infant of days, Jesus, and forming the hypostatic union of 100% God-100% man. Science will not agree with this formula for it is alien to its power of calculation. Science only knows of 56% + 44%= 1 whole new compound; 30% + 68% + 2%= a new whole entity. How could God do the impossibility? The answer is in the Bible. “Is anything too hard for the LORD” (Genesis 18:24)? Matthew 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Luke 1:37 quotes Gabriel, assuring Mary of her ‘impossible’ conception, saying “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
The incarnate Jehovah ‘took part’ of humanity.
Who says the LORD God did not participate in the Adamic habiliment? Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” with an intent of freeing humanity from the bondage of death. The word ‘partakers’ is the Greek koinōneō (koy-no-neh’-o): ‘to come into communion or fellowship with.’ The children of Adam are a community of flesh and blood beings. The phrase ‘took part’ is a different metechō (met-ekh’-o): ‘to be or become partaker;’ which comes from meta (met-ah’): ‘with, after, behind; properly denoting accompaniment; amid (local or causal);’ and echō (ekh’-o): ‘to have, i.e. to hold; to have (hold) in the hand, in the sense of wearing.’ When you put meta and echō together what the definition of metechō says is: ‘to partake of something in common with another.’ Jesus took part in flesh and blood, a constitution not found in the Divinity.
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 concluded…)
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