Oh, so many arguments from scripture alone! Look in Luke 1. Mary knew that children were produced by marital union. She was about to get married. She was shocked to hear that she would bear “a son.” So shocked that she dared to ask Gabriel how on earth this was going to happen. What sense does this make to someone planning on having children? None at all.
The angel told both Mary and Joseph that Mary would bear “a son.” Singular. Mary vowed before Gabriel that she was the “handmaid” or “bond slave” of the Lord. Who is that Lord? Her own Son, Jesus! She was the bond slave of her own Son. Mary was released from that bond when Jesus died on the cross.
How many masters may we serve? Her own Son told us that we may not serve two masters - only one. Singular. Nowhere in scripture are “children of Mary” mentioned. Nowhere. “Brothers” and “sisters” of Christ refer to those from Nazareth, or from Galilee. It is that way in much of the world to this day - just not in Europe or America, where this silly “other children” argument came from.
Read the Book of Tobit. In it, we see that a man called his wife “sister” because she was from the same tribe as he was. All were therefore sisters and brothers.
Think of the journey to Jerusalem when 12 year old Jesus stayed behind. No other children mentioned. They searched only among kinsfolk and acquaintances.
Look at the wedding feast at Cana (John 2). Jesus and Mary, and the disciples were invited, but no mention at all of any brothers or sisters.
Look at the crucifixion. No brothers or sisters there, either. In fact, Jesus had to give Mary to John so that she would have someone to care for her. Compare this to Luke 7:11 and following, where He restored the son of the widow whose only child had died - that presages Jesus and Mary at the cross. In that age, childless widows were reduced to begging. Would Jesus allow this to happen to the mother which He created for Himself? (John 1:1-4) Inconceivable!
Sadly, those who maintain that “sisters and brothers” 2,000 years ago (in a vastly different culture and in a vastly different language) means the same thing it does today are simply ignorant. But, the doctrine of “bible alone” leads to ignorance by its very nature. The bible is an incomplete record of God’s revelation and tells us so in many places. That is why Jesus founded a Church, and not a bible.
Delighted to have the bible. Irreplaceable! But, NOT complete.
Again, read the Book of Tobit. Look also at Genesis 11:27 and Genesis 13:8. Abraham and Lot were uncle and nephew. So, why did Abraham say to Lot “we are brothers”?
A “type” is a category, or a classification, like “Savior” or “deliverer” or “Messiah.” Yet, you would not name your child that! Jesus, which means “God saves” was his name. Look in Luke 7 when Jesus raised the son of the widow of Nain.
"They were all overcome with awe, and said, praising God, "A great prophet has risen up among us; God has visited his people.
“God has visited His people” simply means “God with us” - Emmanuel. That crowd spoke of the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.