Title: The Virgin Mary in the Light of the Word of God
Author: Dr. Labib Mikhail
Genre: New Testament non-fiction
Paperback: 153 pages
Publisher: Nordskog Publishing (March 2011)
The Virgin Mary in the Light of the Word of God fills a tremendous need for a concise, elegant, Biblical treatment of Mary. Dr. Labib, as he is affectionately known, gives Mary her due full honor while fending off the many faith-damaging myths perpetuated about her.
For those not well acquainted with but interested in Christianity and its true historic beliefs, you will find a straight-forward declaration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the Gospel that leads to the eternal and abundant life our God always intended for mankind, through the saving and sanctifying work of Jesus Christ. For the committed Christian, you will find an edifying presentation of the true Gospel and of sound doctrine.
The book is a balanced and Biblical portrait of the Virgin Mary. It is a relevant study clarifying Mary’s role and significance.
All generations of true believers agree that Mary is blessed among women because she was the vessel that God the Father used to prepare the body of His Son, Jesus Christ, who would complete by His death on the cross God’s plan for man’s salvation. The virgin Mary is blessed among women because she believed in the possibility of this most unprecedented event in all human history…that a virgin girl can give birth without being touched by a man.
Now let us look at the specific words of Elizabeth that have caused a lot of controversy… “But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43) The traditional churches have built on these words of Elizabeth the teaching that Mary is the Mother of God. So what was the intention of the Holy Spirit when these words were recorded in Scripture?
It is logical that any mother precedes her son as far as time is concerned; but is that the case as far as the relation between Mary and Jesus? Did Mary precede Jesus as far as time? Certainly not! In fact, Christ was eternal with God the Father before creation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)