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"Those who have been born of God do not sin, because God’s seed abides in them; they cannot sin, because they have been born of God." 1 Jhn 3 : 9.
Originally Posted by PeanutGallery
That is the meaning both of the statement regarding Mary - and any who have been born of God.
"And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, High-favoured one! The Lord is with you.’" Lk 1 : 28.
Mary differs from others deemed blameless of sin in Christ according to the order of grace - hers being utterly unique in all creation.
"But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift." Eph 4 : 7.
So, she was deemed to be blameless - an immaculate soul - from all eternity, not for anything she did .. rather because God formed her to be so: for us all, in Christ.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved." Eph 1 : 3-6.
If you are willing to assert that Mary was not born of God, then please do so (before God and man as our witness) - at least we shall better understand your objection to calling her blameless of the Accuser's wiles in sin. For if she were not called forth by God for an eternal purpose, our salvation in the Word made flesh, then she might well be deemed guilty of wrongdoing (as Jewish scribes did, and smart modernist historians do, declaring Jesus to have been conceived in sin). Yet if you once accept that she was eternally graced by God, knit by God of Eve's seed in her mother's womb for the Word, and herself filled by the overshadowing Spirit that she might bear our Saviour - believing all that was said to her would come to pass - then your objections toward her blamelessness (above) are groundless (being merely accusations against her of a godless lawlessness i.e. sin).
"The Jewish records of the Rabbis are of extreme importance in determining Gospel origins and the value of the church presentation of the virgin birth story of Jesus Christ. A common appellation for Jesus in the Talmud was Yeshu'a ben Panthera, an allusion to the widespread Jewish belief during the earliest centuries of the Christian era that Jesus was the result of an illegitimate union between his mother and a Roman soldier named Tiberius Julius Abdes Panthera."