Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
It's important for believers in Christ to understand that when it comes to the things of the Lord, spiritual discernment is necessary and that not every one is on the same spiritual level. Without the Holy Spirit, there are some things that cannot be comprehended by the human mind. Not everyone who says they have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior avails themselves to the gift of His Spirit, There are denominations who say you need the indwelling of the Holy Ghost and the evidence of speaking in tongues and others who teach you don't. Both cannot be correct. Scripture, however, indicates that spiritual discernment is a necessity.
I Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The lack of discernment is why there are so many church denominations and also varied opinions regarding the same Bible verses., This is especially true regarding the life of Jesus. In recent years, there have been television documentaries where so-called experts discuss an alleged marriage between Christ and Mary Magdaline that supposedly produced children. To someone who has no understanding of who He is and why He came to the earth, this may seem logical. Those individuals may not understand why it matters one way or another. To the carnal mind, there would seem nothing wrong with Jesus falling in love, getting married and having a family the same as any other man.
There is nothing in the Bible that specifically says, verbatim, that Jesus did not marry or sire children, but scripture and discernment let Holy Ghost filled believers know in their hearts that this is a lie. I once had a pastor who said that often when it comes to the things of our Lord, it's not what is taught but what is caught. There are revelations that you will not get in Sunday school, bible study, seminary, a Bible college or a PhD. Some things are caught from the realm of the spirit and cannot be explained, but you know, that you know them to be true, deep within.
The purpose for which He came
To understand the purpose of Jesus we must go back to the beginning when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in Genesis chapter 3. This gave mankind over to the rule of Satan, but the Creator had a plan. Here are just a few of the many scriptures that explain.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him
Hidden in plain sight
Jesus came for the purpose of saving the world from sin. This was done by the shedding of His blood on the cross.
Hebrews 9: (Good News Translation) Indeed, according to the Law almost everything is purified by blood, and sins are forgiven only if blood is poured out.
His destiny was not to increase the population by marrying, having children and having His blood literally running through many generations. His blood spiritually cleanses all who choose Him and the prophet said the following:
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Mary Magdaline was one of the followers of Christ.
This is why it is so troubling to hear Christians saying they believe Jesus had a wife and children. Unbelievers have no reason to understand His purpose for coming to this world but believers have been equipped A careful study of scripture, aided by His Spirit will reveal the truth that is hidden in plain sight.
Jesus cast evil spirits out of Mary from Magdala and she became one of a number of women who accompanied Christ and the 12 disciples. She was also the first person to see the risen Christ.
Luke 8:1-3: Afterward [Jesus] journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.
John 20:1: Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. Mark 16:9: Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene.
Please keep these things in mind the next time you hear someone say erroneously that Jesus was married to Mary. The King of king’s did not leave His heavenly glory to come to earth to be fruitful and multiply in the manner of man since Adam and Eve. His purpose was not to build any earthly kingdom and leave and inheritance of material wealth. His kingdom is in the unseen realm and those who believe are adopted into it. Know this in your heart.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
You may have never questioned Christ’s relationship with Mary but others do and it is for them this article is needed.
© 2019 Cheryl E Preston
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 10, 2019:
You did an outstanding job on this one.
It is hard to believe that Jesus would take a wife and there is nothing in the scriptures.
I did hear once that they found some scrolls that were hidden...which backed this notion up, but never heard anyone ever decipher them.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on December 01, 2019:
Yes Margaret and some believers too.
Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on December 01, 2019:
Cheryl, this is very good information for people who need proof that Jesus did not marry Mary Magdalene and had children by her. Like you and Charlie said, only those without the Holy Spirit need proof.
Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on November 30, 2019:
Thank you so very much
charlie from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans on November 30, 2019:
I nave never cared to look for proof because as you said the Holy Spirit told me it was a lie when I asked 50 yrs ago.
Another good article, but as you said only those without the Holy Spirit need proof