2/15/2017 2:40:04 PM
Can Mary Be the Co-Redeemer?
The title of Redeemer is possibly the most precious title of Jesus Christ among His people. It reminds the child of God that his/her salvation has been purchased at the greatest of all costs, the shed blood of God’s perfect man and man’s perfect God. It was the Lord Jesus, not Mary, who gave His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). It was Jesus, not Mary, who redeemed those who were once slaves to sin and purchased their freedom so that they are no longer in bondage to sin. Jesus gave Himself to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own (Titus 2:14). For anyone to refer to Mary as co-redemptrix, not only violates the truth of God’s Word, it also dishonors the Lord Jesus Christ and robs Him of the glory, honor and praise that He alone deserves. Throughout the Bible we see that God is the only one who can forgive sin (Mark 2:7). He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Col. 1:13-14). Nowhere in Scripture is Mary referred to as co-redeemer or co-mdiatirx. She never gave her life, or shed her blood, or became a curse to ransom anyone. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (Gal. 3:13). Jesus bought with his own blood (Acts 20:28). Christians are redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Pet. 3:18-19).
This is not the first time the Catholic Church has tried to elevate Mary to co-redeemer. Pope John Paul II was unsuccessful in his attempt because many of the Cardinals were concerned that it would thwart the ecumenical movement that seeks to unite all Christians under the papacy. Since this is the 100th anniversary of an apparition of Mary appearing at Fatima, some Cardinals believe this is a good time for the pronouncement. The Catholic version of Mary is dramtically different from how she is revealed in Scripture. According to the Catholic Catechism, Mary “did not lay aside [her] saving office, but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.” She “is Advocate and Mediatrix” (CCC, para. 969). Her “prayers will deliver our souls from death.” (CCC, para. 966).
The Catholic Church gives many of the attributes of Christ to Mary. They teach that both were conceived without sin, and lived sinless lives and both are our advocates. They proclaim that Jesus is the source of grace, Mary is the channel of all grace; Jesus is the Mediator, Mary is the Mediatrix; Jesus ascended into glory, Mary’s body was assumed into glory; Jesus is the King of Heaven, Mary is the Queen of Heaven; Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and Mary is the Queen of peace.
There is great spiritual danger for Catholics when they look to Mary and not Jesus? Paul warned, “But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3). I pray that Catholics will heed the exhortation from the book of Hebrews. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2).