Full of Grace

At breakfast today in a local cafe, I was glancing at the magazine ART and ARCHITECTURE, looking over beautiful images of Mary, the mother of Jesus, from a book entitled, at least in part, “FULL OF GRACE.”

In Scripture,”full of grace and truth” are descriptors of “the Word” who “is made flesh, and dwells among us.” He is the “only begotten of the Father.” (John 1:14, KJV) “Highly favored” and “blessed among women” are descriptors God — speaking through the angel Gabriel — uses of Mary, the mother of Jesus. (Luke 1:28)

The Word of God is made flesh within the body of the most blessed, favored woman of all time, Mary. She is possibly only thirteen when God the Holy Spirit “comes upon” and “overshadows” her so “that holy thing which is born of [her] is called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

Therefore, when Roman Catholics pray “Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus;” these Christians are — perhaps unwittingly — stating that the grace, with which Mary is filled, is indeed the Son of God. This grace is not hers; she is not full of her own grace. Rather Mary is full of God’s grace for she is full of God Himself.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for overshadowing Mary and filling her with Your grace so that the fruit of her womb became our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May we worship You, and You alone. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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9 thoughts on “Full of Grace

  1. lambskinny says:

    Thanks so much, mtsweat.

  2. Be careful, the young girl Mary received from God this boy, who was a man of flesh and blood, who could and really did die. She was not “full of God Himself” which give the impression she had God in her. God was with her, no doubt, but not as the baby in her. God was in her as He can be in us, with us.
    Jesus is the son of God but not a god son.
    God is never born and has and can not die, and shall always be.(no beginning and no end)

  3. lambskinny says:

    To clarify (for other readers) the “Christadelphians” appear to believe (I guess) that Jesus is ONLY a mediator between God the Father and mankind, but is not GOD the Son, only a man. I am attempting — in my 2 comments to them/him/her — to show that theology is “crooked.” God bless.

  4. lambskinny says:

    Thank you Debbie. Glad you like my note. C

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  6. When you read the Bible carefully and listen to what God Himself writes about His son, you always will hear Him saying that it is His son. Jesus who really died (while God cannot die) also always said that it was not him doing the wonders, but His Father to whom we also had to pray and honour Him. god knows everything but Jesus did even not know when he was going to come back on this earth to judge the living and the dead. Also at the end Jesus, who sits at the right hand of His Father, is going to hand over the Kingdom back to His Father. (Clearly two distinct persons).

    • lambskinny says:

      Good morning, Christadelphians!

      You know, this is not just my opinion expressed here on ‘obsecrations’ — well, not entirely anyway. Biblical scholar-believers have been reading the Word of God for centuries and have come to the same conclusion — Jesus is the second Person of the Triune Godhead. He is the Son of God, both divine and human simultaneously. Mary was carrying God within her, for that which was in her womb was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Jesus always points us back to the Father; this is true. In the same way, the Holy Spirit points us/leads us to Jesus.

      God is not like us. He is indeed three individual persons within one — and only one — God.

      Take care; may He bless you always.
      Carley

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