Mark 3:35
For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
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Mark 3:35

There was a conspiracy to seize Jesus because He is ‘mad,’ and Mary was in the plot!

I. The example for us.

{1} Of how all natural and human ties and affections are to be subordinated to doing God’s will.

Obedience to Him is the first and main thing to which everything else bows, and which determines everything.

If others compete or interfere, reject them.

Out of that common obedience new ties are formed among men.

{2} Of how all these ties may be doubled in power and preciousness by being based on that obedience.

II. The promise for us.

Of Christ’s loving relationship in which He finds delight; in which He sustains and transcends all these in His own proper person and to each.

3:31-35 It is a great comfort to all true Christians, that they are dearer to Christ than mother, brother, or sister as such, merely as relations in the flesh would have been, even had they been holy. Blessed be God, this great and gracious privilege is ours even now; for though Christ's bodily presence cannot be enjoyed by us, his spiritual presence is not denied us.See the notes at Matthew 12:46-50. Mr 3:31-35. His Mother and Brethren Seek to Speak with Him and the Reply. ( = Mt 12:46-50; Lu 8:19-21).

See on [1415]Mt 12:46-50.

See Poole on "Mark 3:31"

For whosoever shall do the will of God,.... By believing in Christ, receiving him as a Saviour and Redeemer, and submitting to him in all his ordinances, as King of saints:

the same is my brother, and my sister, and my mother: such are openly, and manifestly related to Christ in a spiritual sense; and are as dear to him, and more so, than such persons are who stand in such a relation to others, or did to him according to the flesh. And this shows not only the near relation, and strong affection which Christ has for his people, but that he is not ashamed of them; and it may be concluded, that he will resent, in the keenest manner, every injury that is done them; See Gill on Matthew 12:50.

For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
Mark 3:35. ὃς ἂν, etc.: whosoever shall do the will of God (“of my Father in heaven,” Mt.), definition of true discipleship.—ἀδελφός, ἀδελφή, μήτηρ: without the article, because the nouns are used figuratively (Fritzsche). This saying and the mood it expressed would confirm the friends in the belief that Jesus was in a morbid state of mind.

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