Intercession of Blessed Virgin MaryQUESTION: Is the intercession of blessed virgin Mary important?ANSWER:
What does the Bible say about the intercession of blessed virgin Mary? We find the answer to that question by studying several different Scriptures. The word "mediator," which is found in six places in the New Testament comes from a Greek word that means; an action by someone on behalf of another in order to make or restore peace and friendship, or form a compact, or for ratifying a covenant, a medium of communication, arbitrator or what we would call an intercessor.
Some of the Scriptures that use this word are:
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
"But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises" (Hebrews 8:6).
"For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance -- now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant" (Hebrews 9:15).
"To Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel" (Hebrews 12:24).
Intercession is also found in the New Testament and the word "intercession" is from a Greek word that means; to go to or meet a person, especially for the purpose of conversation, consultation, or supplication, to pray, entreat or to make intercession for any one.
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will" (Romans 8:26-27).
The thing we notice about these passages is that when we do a search by using our concordance, there are no passages in the New Testament that support the intercession of blessed virgin Mary. Rather, there is only one mediator and that is the LORD Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when we pray. Therefore, it is very important that when we pray we should pray to the Father in the name of our LORD Jesus Christ and that we pray while in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Therefore Scripture does not support intercession by anyone other than Jesus and or the Holy Spirit.
In addition, Mary called herself a sinner in her "magnificent" because she acknowledged that she needed a Savior. "And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:47-48). Mary knew that she was a sinner and that what was being done through her was by God's grace and not any merit on her part. God did not choose Mary because of her "blessedness," Mary became blessed when she submitted unto the LORD and carried the Lamb of God.
Although it is the teaching or dogma of the Roman Catholic Church that praying to Mary and asking her to intercede for sinners is biblical, this practice has no basis in Scripture. In fact, only the sinless "Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29) is an acceptable mediator between the sinful heart of man and God. The Bible tells us that, "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11). And again, "Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:10-12).