Mary chosen to be the mother of Jesus

God showed His grace to Mary by choosing her to be the mother of Jesus. Although descended from the royal line of David, Mary was an ordinary, unknown young woman. Contrary to claims of her own immaculate conception (her being conceived miraculously in her own mother’s womb), Mary was just as much a sinner as all other human beings ever born. She was likely much better, morally and spiritually, than most people of her time, but she was not sinless. She was deeply devout and faithful to the Lord, as she demonstrated by her humble and submissive response to the angel’s announcement (Luke 1:38). Mary needed a Savior, as she herself acknowledged at the very beginning of her song of praise, often called the Magnificat: “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave” (Luke 1:46-48). The notions of her being co-redemptrix and co-mediator with Christ are wholly unscriptural and were never a part of early church doctrine. Those heretical ideas came into the church several centuries later, through accommodations to pagan myths that originated in the Babylonian mystery religions. MacArthur goes on to say: The Bible knows nothing of Mary’s grace except that which she received from the Lord. She was the recipient, never the dispenser, of grace. The literal translation of “favored one” (Luke 1:28) is “one endued with grace.” Just as all the rest of fallen mankind, Mary needed God’s grace and salvation. That is why she “rejoiced in God her Savior” (Luke 1:47). She received a special measure of the Lord’s grace by being chosen to be the mother of Jesus; but she was never a source of grace. God’s grace chose a sinful woman to have the unequaled privilege of giving birth to the Messiah. (Commentary on Matthew 1–7)

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