Christians are a redeemed people. In other words, Christians are a bought, purchased and paid-for people, hence the teachings of Paul when he said:
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
So how are God’s people redeemed? Peter answered this when he said:
“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
God’s people have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb (John 1:29) – simple enough to understand, that is until some try to teach that not only did the blood of the Lamb redeem God’s people, but so did the one whose womb bore the Lamb.
To the contrary of, or in addition to God’s word, whichever you prefer, the Catholic Church teaches, “As she suffered and almost died together with her suffering and dying Son, so she surrendered her mother’s rights over her Son for the salvation of the human race. And to satisfy the justice of God she sacrificed her Son, as well as she could, so that it may justly be said that she together with Christ has redeemed the human race.” (from Pope Benedict XV INTER SODALICIA)”
The Catholic Church attempts to share with Mary what belongs only to Jesus. Never can it be “justly” said that anyone is a co-redeemer of souls, for there is only one Redeemer of the lost; and salvation’s redeeming price was paid, not through His birth, but through His blood! To God be the glory, and to God alone for the price that has been paid:
“You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:9-12)
While the creeds of men may refer to Mary as a “co-redeemer,” the scriptures do not – not once! And for good reason! For the just price of redemption came at the cost of blood, by Jesus’ blood; and the price was paid by Jesus and Him alone. While Mary played a wonderful and amazing role in God’s plan, she could not redeem herself much less the human race (Luke 1:46-47).
May we all remember, or learn, that those who hear the word of God and keep it are as blessed as the woman who carried the world’s only Redeemer. EA
“And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!“