Emanna for 09/20/2017
Spirit Exulting and Soul Magnifying (1)
Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord, (47) And my spirit has exulted in God my Savior.
Words of Ministry
[Part 1 of 2]
First Mary's spirit exulted in God; then her soul magnified the Lord. Her praise to God was initiated from her spirit and then was expressed through her soul. Her spirit was filled with joy in God her Savior so that her soul manifested her joy for the magnification of the Lord. She lived and acted in her spirit, which directed her soul. Her exultation in God in her spirit was due to her enjoyment of God as her Savior, and her magnifying of the Lord in her soul was due to her exaltation of the Lord--Jehovah, the great To Be.
Mary's spirit exulted in God. To exult is higher than to rejoice. It is significant that Mary said that her spirit exulted in God her Savior, rather than in God her Creator. She regarded God as more than her Creator; she considered Him her Savior. She realized that she was a created person who had become fallen. Therefore, she needed her Creator to be her Savior. Mary's praise was to magnify the Lord based upon her experience of God as her Savior through His everlasting mercy (vv. 47-50) and her observation of others' experience of God's merciful and faithful doings (vv. 51-55).
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life-study of Luke, pp. 34-35. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.