Luke 1:31,34 – the angel tells Mary that you “will” conceive (using the future tense). We don’t worship Mary. Exodus 13:2,12 – Jesus is sometimes referred to as the “first-born” son of Mary. “We must except the holy Virgin Mary, concerning whom I wish to raise no question when it touches the subject of sins, out of honour to the Lord; for from Him we know what abundance of grace for overcoming sin in every particular was conferred upon her who had the merit to conceive and bear Him who undoubtedly had no sin.” Augustine, Nature and Grace, 36:42 (A.D. 415). “She is all beautiful, all near to God. Jesus honored His Mother as God requires us to do. As you can see, the Roman Catholic Church has exalted Mary to an incredibly high level. Rom. The Uniqueness of Mary as the Mother of God, II. What more glorious than she whom Glory Itself chose? Some Protestants argue that this proves Joseph had relations with Mary after she bore a son. We are all undergoing birth pangs because we are being reborn into Jesus Christ. Many Roman Catholics believe that Mary has an exalted position in heaven. We too can go through Mary to praise Jesus. And of this utterly foolish argument whereby you think that the birth of God can be understood by carnal minds, and fancy that the mystery of His Majesty can be accounted for by human reasoning, we will, if God permits, say something later on. Gen. 29:15 – Laban calls Jacob is “brother” even though Jacob is his nephew. Bowing down and praying is a form of worship. Luke 2:19,51 – Mary kept in mind all these things as she pondered them in her heart. For she, surpassing the cherubim. We don’t worship Mary. The phrase “her seed” (spermatos) is not seen elsewhere in Scripture. Though Roman Catholic theology has not declared that Mary is divine. God therefore sent down into the virgin’s womb His Word, as the good Brother, who should blot out the memory of the evil brother. “[T]he very fact that God has elected her proves that none was ever holier than Mary, if any stain had disfigured her soul, if any other virgin had been purer and holier, God would have selected her and rejected Mary.” Jacob of Sarug (ante A.D. 521). So, when we look back to the text of Revelation 12:1-2, we see that the woman clothed with the sun is suffering birth pain. She was a consecrated Temple virgin as was an acceptable custom of the times. 2 Cor. 6:2 – Luke’s conspicuous comparison’s between Mary and the Ark described by Samuel underscores the reality of Mary as the undefiled and immaculate Ark of the New Covenant. “Just as, in the age of Mary the mother of God, he who had reigned from Adam to her time found, when he came to her and dashed his forces against the fruit of her virginity as against a rock, that he was shattered to pieces upon her, so in every soul which passes through this life in the flesh under the protection of virginity, the strength of death is in a manner broken and annulled, for he does not find the places upon which he may fix his sting.” Gregory of Nyssa, On Virginity, 14 (A.D. 370). This means that Mary can be an exception as well. The popular analogy is God let us fall in the mud puddle, and cleaned us up afterward through baptism. For the word first-born’ means that he was born first but does not at all suggest the birth of others. She is the primary intercessor before the King. 5:54 – not one was slain “up to the point that” they returned in peace. But (it will be said) Eve did not at the devil’s word conceive in her womb. And when discoursing also of God, the Scripture saith, From age until age Thou art,’ not as fixing limits in this case. Rev. As he kept you virgin in childbirth, thus he kept your body incorrupt in the tomb and has glorified it by his divine act of transferring it from the tomb.” Byzantine Liturgy, from Munificentis simus Deus (8th Century). “As he formed her without my stain of her own, so He proceeded from her contracting no stain.” Proclus of Constantinople, Homily 1 (ante A.D. 446). In these verses, Mary (the Ark) arose and went / David arose and went to the Ark. “Let, then, the life of Mary be as it were virginity itself, set forth in a likeness, from which, as from a mirror, the appearance of chastity and the form of virtue is reflected. For if as a holy man he does not come under the imputation of fornication, and it is nowhere written that he had another wife, but was the guardian of Mary whom he was supposed to have to wife rather than her husband, the conclusion is that he who was thought worthy to be called father of the Lord, remained a virgin.” Jerome, The Perpetual Virginity of Mary Against Helvedius, 21 (A.D. 383). John 2:4, 19:26 – Jesus calls Mary “woman” as she is called in Gen. 3:15. This is incomprehensible. “In what remains we have the appointment of the Father’s will. The name Alpheus may be Aramaic for Clopas, or James took a Greek name like Saul (Paul), or Mary remarried a man named Alpheus.
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