And Mary said:" My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed." (Luke 1:46-48) This passage is often quoted to show even Mary, the mother of Jesus needed a saviour and she was an ordinary woman not to be worshipped. But exactly what is meant by the last part of the passage," From now on all generations will call me blessed"? Does this open the door for the worship of Mary?
Luke 1:46 - 48
ESV - 46 And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord. 47 And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
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In my opinion, Mary did not mean her words to indicate a belief on her part that she was in any way to be venerated or worshipped, or that she would receive such veneration or worship in the future. Instead, she was stating the fact that future generations would recognize that she had been blessed or favored by God in the same way that earlier individuals (such as Abraham or Jacob) who had played key parts in the history of God's promise of sending a Savior had been favored -- by an act that was not owing to anything that they had done (and sometimes -- as with Jacob -- even in spite of things that they had done), but that was totally out of pure, undeserved grace and mercy on God's part. (Mary herself recognized this when she said in Luke 1:47, "My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior," indicating her own acknowledgement that she -- even with the blessing that God had conferred on her by making her the mother of the Messiah -- was just as much in need as anyone else of the deliverance from sin that Jesus would accomplish through His death and resurrection.)
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