The Marys - mothers of James
Luke 24:10 -
It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and [the] other with them, which told these things unto the apostles.
Before I come to today's message I like to get into some basics. I am doing this because the lack of this understanding causes many to be deceived.
We humans are spirit being living in a flesh body. When God made man and woman in spirit He referred to both in the same gender which is masculine. When Jesus answered about life after death He said we would be like the Angels who are also referred to in the male gender as Sons.
Bible puts the sole purpose of Jesus to come is to make us into Sons of God. It is the Angels who are referred to as Sons of God. So after we resurrect in Christ when He comes again, we will be like Angels in Heaven. The new body we receive in not of flesh but a spiritual body (soul).
Then why did God create us as humans in the flesh?
God is Light and His plans are Light (good). When Lucifer went against the plans of God he caused darkness, so to bring down this darkness God created a more inferior being 'man' who was lower than the Angels through whom He will eliminate the darkness. Although same as the Angels in spirit yet since man was created in the flesh he was lower than them (thus God took dust to make the flesh to symbolize this).
When created man was not restricted by the flesh (Jesus showed this by His transfiguration) therefore never felt naked. But when sin came into him he got corrupted and this caused him to be restricted to the flesh body. The Bible is a book of Instruction of overcoming the flesh through the Spirit and becoming Angels therefore said as ordained by (for) Angels. Jesus paid the price for man (Church) to receive the Holy Spirit, before that only the elect received the Holy Spirit.
When God showed Abraham his descendants He showed him the stars (symbolizing the hosts of Heaven - Angels). Zachariah (13:8-9) states two third of them would be cut off and only a third would survive, when they are put through fire. Therefore Jesus said many are called but few are chosen and not all that who believe in Him (become Abraham's descendant by faith) will enter Heaven but only those who do His Father's will (Word).
If we read in Revelation in connection with Ezekiel after greed and pride came into Lucifer the Cherub (also called the dragon or serpent or king of Tyrus), deceit entered him and he caused a third of the Angels to fall along with another Cherub (known as the beast or the young lion or prince of Tyrus) who surrendered himself to Lucifer. If you put the picture together it is all about building again of the Heavenly Temple. The Angels were part of the Body of God the Son, we after becoming part of the body of Jesus Christ would become part of the Body of God the Son when Jesus Christ comes in former glory (the wedding). So in simple terms in Heaven we will not be man; neither male nor female but will be as Angels. That is why God uses only the term Sons of God for us, which is not an earthly gender but spiritual.
Now coming to today's message. We read in today's message Luke talks of Mary the Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and the other who went to the tomb and saw Jesus' body was not there. In many translations it is given to seem as other women went with these two Marys, but when this scripture is put along with the records of Mark and Matthew we get a clearer understanding.
Matthew talks of Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James and mother of Zebedee (mother of James and John Zebedee - her name was Salome but Jesus called her also as Mary like He did to Mary of Magdalene whose original name was not Mary)
Mark talks of Mary the Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Salome who was Mary (Salome) the mother of James and John.
So we see both Matthew and Mark talked of 3 Marys who went to the tomb. Luke also talks of the 3 Marys and Joanna, for 'the other' does not talk of other women but talks of the other Mary the mother of James.
Now we see although Jesus' mother Mary was with them she was not referred to as Mary the mother of Jesus but as Mary the mother of James and Joses who were of Jesus' (step) brothers and sons of Mary through Joseph.
Between the period Jesus died and resurrected again in the flesh He ceased to be man and therefore Mary ceased to be His mother, thus all 3 Gospels record her as just Mary the mother of James (and Joses). But after He resurrected again in the flesh Jesus is known as Son of Man and thus we find Paul and others refer to her as Mary the mother of Jesus. But again when Jesus ceases to be man after His second coming when He comes in His true glory, we will become a part of His Heavenly Body then He will no longer be man but God. And Mary who was His mother when He was a human will no longer herself be a human or His mother but will be an Angel like us and part of the Body of God the Son as we would be.
It is the lack of this understanding that we find people are deceived to believe in myths and deceits that existed from the times of Noah till date. This concept of Queen of Heaven and Mother of God is not new, but existed since that time. It is throughout different religions since those days that Satan has been playing with man's lack of knowledge to mislead him. He has come as different identities to be this character. It is due to our lack of this knowledge Jesus told us we erred and were misled.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You created all things for a purpose and your purpose is for the good. Lord when we go against your purpose we cause darkness in our live and Satan father son of darkness wants us to to be destroyed with him for he hates us. He does not want us to receive what he had before his fall that is why he causes us to be confused and lost. Lord, You came and paying the price You gave us your Spirit of Truth so that we know the Truth and overcome the darkness. Lord, we pray all those who are deceived with lies may see the Truth and overcome sin...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them [the same word as 'him' - male gender].
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
Romans 4:16 - Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
Revelation 12:4a - And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: ...
Matthew 27:56 - Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
Mark 16:1 - And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Mark 6:3 - Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Acts 7:56 - And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Romans 8:14 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Romans 8:19 - For the earnest expectation of the creature [creation] waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
1 Corinthians 15:51-54
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
John 17:5 - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
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