Mary’s Song of Praise

After Mary’s visit from the angel Gabriel and during her visit with Elizabeth, John the Baptist’s mother, Mary exalted the the Lord.

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify (to make great) the Lord,

 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden [female bond (willing) slave]: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed (count me happy).

For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy (set apart) is his name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He hath holpen (helped) his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 

As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Luke 1:46 – 55

Mary’s song is full of Old Testament Scripture.  It contains parts of approximately two dozen Old Testament passages in these nine verses.  John MacArthur lists the passages in the notes of his NKJV Study Bible and he summarizes her song as follows:

Mary’s Magnificat is filled with OT allusions and quotations.  It reveals that Mary’s heart and mind were saturated with the Word of God………….These verses also contain numerous allusions to the law, the psalms, and the prophets.  The entire passage is a point-by-point reciting of the covenant promises of God.

What Mary’s song reveals about her is that she is a willing and obedient servant unto the Lord God.  She is trusting in God’s promises of provision for her own sin.  Mary is trusting in God her Saviour and she is happy!  

Mary is the Old Testament equivalent of a New Testament Spirit filled believer.  She knows God’s Word and she let’s it dwell in her richly.  The result is humility and obedience.

 Her response to the angel Gabriel in verse 38 is; Let it be to me according to your word.  This should be the believer’s prayer; Let it be unto me, O Lord, according to your (written) Word.

Note:  Although Mary’s song reveals much about her, her song is really all about God.

Word definitions are from WE Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words.

Come Ye!

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?  hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.

Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  Isaiah 55:1-7

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church Today – Part III – Access to God Through Christ By His Spirit – A Study in Ephesians

For through him (Christ) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Ephesians 2:18 KJV

WE Vine’s Expository Dictionary of NT Words:  Access is the Greek word prosagoge’ which means; a leading into the presence of, denotes access, with which is associated the thought of freedom to enter through the assistance or favour of another…….This access involves the acceptance which we have in Christ with God, and the privilege of His favour towards us.

MR Vincent’s Word Studies in the New Testament defines access as; the act of bringing to.

For through him….

This is referring to Messiah Jesus.  The first three and a half chapters of Ephesians are about what believers have in Him.  Jesus Christ is the door through which we enter the kingdom.  There is no approach to God aside from the Lord Jesus.  No man can come unto the Father unless he comes through Christ.  No one can come to Christ unless the Spirit draw him.

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  John 10:9

………we both……

We both refers to Israel and the Gentiles.  Under the Law, God chose to reveal Himself exclusively to the Jews.  He chose them as a nation to be His own peculiar people, but they rebelled against God and came under His judgment.  Under Grace and the coming of the promised Messiah, the door was opened to the Gentiles and the individual Jew.  Under Grace we both have access to God through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.

……….have access……….

Having access refers to having the freedom to enter God’s presence through the assistance or favor of another.  When we are in Christ, the Holy Spirit takes us by the hand as dear children and ushers us into the presence of the Father. 

…… one Spirit……

There is only one Holy Spirit.  If anyone is being led contrary to the Scripture, he is not being led by the Holy Spirit who is the author of Scripture.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. II Peter 1:21 

Believers are exhorted to ….believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  I John 4:1  

The Holy Spirit is God.  He cannot lie.  He will not contradict Himself.  To be led contrary to Scripture is to be led by another spirit not of God.

…….unto  the Father……

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Galatians 4:6

  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…….