All Generations Shall Call Her Blessed
39 ¶ Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah,
40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
43 “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me?
44 “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy.
45 “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
46 And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.
50 “AND HIS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION TOWARD THOSE WHO FEAR HIM.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble.
53 “HE HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.”
While all this literally took place, it also speaks mystically of Zion. Mary is a type of Zion, and the child she is pregnant with, and eventually bears, is indicative of resurrection, the redemption of our bodies. Paul himself wrote, “And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” The redemption of our bodies, what has been called resurrection life, is the seal of sonship. Paul also wrote, “We shall not all sleep, but we all will be changed.” There is a birthing of complete sonship that must come. The order of transformation as laid out by Paul is, “Christ the first fruits then those who are Christ’s at His presence (coming). ” Paul also makes this clear again in Eph. 1:
13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,
14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
We were given the Holy Spirit as a pledge of our inheritance, which is our full redemption. There must be a time in which Zion’s travail gives birth to the completion of God’s provision for us.
Let’s look again at the passages about Mary. “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord (vs. 45).” Elizabeth calls her blessed because she believed there would be a fulfillment of the word spoken to her by the Lord. In verse 48 Mary says of herself: “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.” The blessing on Mary was because she was a chosen individual who believed God. It seems the Scriptures are singling her out as someone special. Indeed, the Catholic Church has turned Mary into a form of idolatry, assigning her a place equal to the Lord. But that is the wrong level all together. All these passages about Mary are prophetic and must be interpreted as such. Mary was called and chosen of the Lord to bring forth the birth of Christ. She became a channel to introduce something of God into the earth that had never been before. She is counted blessed for that. But Mary is also a type of the realm of Zion, which gives birth to the completion of Christ’s provision for us. God has not laid the burden of believing for this fulfillment upon Christianity in general. But He has chosen a people, called-out ones, to be as Mary in this hour. To them is the responsibility to believe the word just as Mary did. Is this selective or making certain ones “special?” No more so that Mary was special because God chose her. The blessing is pronounced because of the faith to believe the word, not because of any inherent goodness in the vessel(s). Mary herself regarded herself only as a humble bondslave of the Lord (vs. 48). It must also be noted that the realm of Zion embraces the seen and unseen realms. Many that have died in the faith, standing on His word, are also participators in this calling and will share in the blessing (Heb. 11).
Just as Mary is remembered and honored because of her faith to bring forth Christ into the earth, so too shall Zion be honored and called blessed because of her faith and travail to bring about the completion of God’s plan, i.e. many sons coming to glory. Mary and Zion are synonymous. When these passages speak of “all generations calling her blessed,” it refers mystically to all that is generated through the birthing of sonship by Zion. Forever into eternity Zion will be called blessed because it became the channel of fulfillment of Christ’s provision for us.
In a real sense, the redemption of our bodies and the seal of sonship is not a completion, but a beginning. So very much will come forth in the earth through the ministry of sons made complete in the Lord. All that is generated through Zion will be a testimony of its faith forever.