Was Mary without sin?

Mary was obviously not perfect. Even Mary said she needed a savior.

Luke 1:46-47.

46 And Mary said:  “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 

We know Mary was unclean – which is sin. She had to be purified.

Luke 2:22 

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord  

Realize that, while Mary trusted God when she was visited by the angel, she did not understand the full ramifications of what that meant.

Luke 2:19 

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2:33 

The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 

In fact, at one point she thought Jesus was out of His mind and attempted to stop His work.

Mark 3:20-35

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”  22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”  23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. 28I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.” 30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an evil spirit.”  31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”  33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.  34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

Mary knew she needed a savior, because she was a sinner. She did not do the will of God, so she could not have been perfect. No where in the Bible does it say Mary did not sin, but just the opposite.  In fact it is through learning what is right and wrong that we know what what sin is. In fact, it is when we learn about right and wrong that we die spiritually. For the Jews, it was coming to learn about the Law that caused them to die spiritually.

Romans 7:7-9

7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. 9 Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died.

The same is true for all of us. When we come to know the difference between right and wrong, we die spiritually as we do not always do what is right.

Now, let us see who has sinned:

Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 John 1:10

If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.

So all people sin, including Mary. There is only one who has not sinned:
Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.

Now let’s see who is our high priest, who intercedes for us, and who saves us:

Hebrews 7:24-27

24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. 26 Such a high priest meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

Christ is the one who intercedes for us. Indeed, we are told by God to not consult dead people, but ask God Himself:

Isaiah 8:19

When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Salvation is found in no one other than Christ. Christ is our High Priest. He made the ultimate sacrifice and no other sacrifice must be made. There is no other name by which we MUST be saved.

Acts 4:10-12

10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 He is ” ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

It is not about Mary. It is about Christ. Christ saves us. Christ is the stone upon which His church is built. Christ is our High Priest. Christ intercedes for us daily.

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One Response

  1. After writing my article on whether Mary was without sin, I read an excellent article on the subject. http://soulrefuge.wordpress.com/2008/10/19/was-mary-a-sinner-or-the-mother-of-god/

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