Meditation

FAITH ALONE OR FAITH PLUS WORKS?
Jam 2:24 – a man is justified by works and not by faith alone
Jam 2:26 – faith without works is dead
Gal 5:6 – only thing that counts is faith working in love
1 Co 13:2 – faith without love is nothing

f wish to enter into life, keep commandments
HAVE YOU BEEN SAVED?
Past Event (I have been saved)
Rom 8:24 – for in hope we were saved
Eph 2:5, 8 – by grace you have been saved through faith
2 Tim 1:9 – he saved us, called us, according to his grace
Tit 3:5 – he saved us thru bath of rebirth, renewal by Holy Spirit
Present Process (I am being saved)
Phil 2:12- work out your salvation with fear and trembling
1 Pet 1:9- as you attain the goal of your faith, salvation
Future Event (I will be saved)
Mt 10:22 – he who endures to the end will be saved
Mt 24:13 – he who perseveres to the end will be saved
Mk 8:35 – whoever loses his life for my sake will save it
Acts 15:11 – we shall be saved through the grace of Jesus
Rom 5:9-10 – since we are justified, we shall be saved
Rom 13:11 -salvation is nearer now than first believed
1 Cor 3:15 – he will be saved, but only as through fire
1 Cor 5:5 – deliver man to Satan so his spirit may be saved
Heb 9:28 – Jesus will appear second time, to bring salvation
GOOD WORKS
Mt 7:21 – not lord lord, but he who does the will of father
Mt 19:16- 17 – to have life, keep the commandments
Jn 14:21 – he who keeps my commandments loves me
Rom 2:2-8 – eternal life by perseverance in good works
Gal 5:4-6 – nothing counts but faith working through love
Eph 2:8-10 – we are created in Christ Jesus for good works
Phil 2:12-13 – work out salvation with fear and trembling
Jam 2:14-24 – a man is justified by works & not faith alone
JUDGED ACCORDING TO DEEDS
Rom 2:5-8 – God will repay each man according to his works
2 Cor 5:10 – recompense accord to what did in body
2 Cor 11:15 – their end will correspond to their deeds
1 Pet 1:17 – God judges impartially according to one’s works
Rev 20:12-13 – dead judged according to their deeds
Col 3:24-25 – will receive due payment for whatever you do
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION?
Mt 7:21 – not everyone saying “Lord, Lord” will inherit
Mt 24:13 – those who persevere to the end will be saved
Rom 11:22 – remain in his kindness or you will be cut off
Phil 2:12 – work out your salvation in fear and trembling
1 Cor 9:27 – drive body for fear of being disqualified
1 Cor 10:11-12 – those thinking they are secure, may fall
Gal 5:4 – separated from Christ, you’ve fallen from grace
2 Tim 2:11-13 – must hold out to end to reign with Christ
Heb 6:4-6- describes sharers in Holy Spirit who then fall away
Heb 10:26-27 – if sin after receiving truth, judgement remains
REGENERATIVE BAPTISM
Jn 3:5, 22 – born of water & Spirit; Apostles begin baptizing
Tit 3:5 – saved us thru bath of rebirth & renewal by Holy Spirit
Act 2:37-38 – repent, be baptized, receive gift of Holy Spirit
Acts 22:16 – get selves baptized and sins washed away
1 Cor 6:11 -you were washed, sanctified, justified
Rom 6:4 – baptized into death; live in newness of life
1 Pet 3:21 – baptism … now saves you
Heb 10:22 – heart sprinkled, bodies washed in pure water
HEALTH AND WEALTH GOSPEL?
Mt 10:38 – no “take cross and follow me” = not worthy of me
Rom 8:16-17 – heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him
Rom 8:18 – present suffering nothing compared w/ future glory
Phil 1:28-29 – granted to believe, also to suffer for him
Col 1:24 – filling up what is lacking in Christ sufferings
Heb 12:5-7 – whom God loves, he disciplines as sons
Heb 12:11 – discipline seems painful, but brings righteousness
1 Pet 1:6 -for a while you must suffer various trials
1 Pet 2:19-21 – suffering=grace; Jesus suffered as our example
DIVINITY OF JESUS
Jn 1:1 – the Word was God
Jn 1:14-15 – glory of Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth
Jn 8:19- if you knew me, you would know my Father
Jn 8:58-59 – I assure you, before Abraham was, I AM
Jn 10:30-33 – the Father and I are one (See Ex 3:14, 20:7 , Lev 19:12 , Lev 24:14-16)
Jn 10:38- the father is in me and I am in the Father
Jn 12:45 – whoever sees me sees the one who sent me
Jn 14:8-12- whoever has seen has seen the Father
Jn 20:28 – Jesus accepts Thomas’s “my Lord and my God”
Col 2:9 – in him dwells whole fullness of deity bodily
Acts 20:28 – church of God he acquired w/ his blood
Eph 1:7- in him we have redemption by his blood
1 Jn 1:17 – blood of his Son Jesus cleanses from all sin
Tit 2:13 – glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ
TIME OF SECOND COMING UNKNOWN
Mt 24:44 – be prepared, Jesus coming at unexpected hour
Mt 25:13 – stay awake, you know neither the day nor hour
Mk 13:35-37- watch, unknown when lord of house coming
Lk 12:46 – master will come at unexpected day and hour
1 Thess 5:2-3 – day of Lord will come like thief in night
2 Pet 3:9-10 – day of Lord will come like a thief
Rev 3:3 – if not watchful, will come like a thief
Mt 24:36 – no one but Father alone knows day and hour
HOLY SPIRIT A PERSON, NOT A FORCE
Jn 14:26 – “he will teach you all things”
Acts 8:29 – “And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up…’
Acts 13:2 – “Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me … “‘
Rom 8:27 – “Spirit intercedes for the saints …”
1 Cor 2:11 – no one understands thoughts of God, but Spirit
1 Cor 12:11 – Spirit apportions to each as he wills
Eph 4:30 – “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,…”
MARY
Lk 1:28, 30 – angel: “full of grace, found favor with God”
Lk 1:42- Elizabeth: “most blessed among women”
Lk 1;48- Mary: “all generations will call me blessed”
Mother of God
Lk 1:43- Elizabeth call her “mother of my Lord”mod
Mt 1:23 -virgin bear a son, Emmanuel = “God is with us”
Lk 1:35 – child born will be called holy, the Son of God
Gal 4:4 – God sent his Son, born of a woman
Assumption
Gn 5:24(Hb 11:5) – Enoch taken to heaven without dying
2 Kg 2:11 – Elijah assumed into heaven in fiery chariot
Mt 27:52 – many saints who had fallen asleep were raised
1 Thess 4:17 – caught up to meet the Lord in the air
1 Cor 15;52 – we shall be instantly changed at last trumpet
Rom 6:23 – for the wages of sin is death
Rev 11:19-12:1 ark in heaven = woman clothed with su
Immaculate Conception
Lk 1:28 – hail full of grace [highly favored] Lord is with you
Lk 1:30 – you have found favor with God
Lk 1:37 – for with God nothing shall be impossible
Gn 3:15 – complete enmity between/ woman & Satan, sin
Ex 25:11-21 – ark made of purest gold for God’s word
*Rom 3:23 – all have sinned & are deprived of God’s glory
*Lk 1:47 – my spirit rejoices in God my savior
Perpetual Virginity
Lk 1:34 – how can this be, since I do not know man
Lk 2:41-51 – age 12, Jesus evidently only son of Mary
Mk 6:3 – “the son of Mary” not “a son of Mary”
*Mt 13:55-56 – brothers James, Joseph, Simon & Jude
Mt 27:56 – Mary the mother of James & Joseph is also
Jn 19:25 – Mary the wife of Clopas
Jn 19:26 – entrusted Mary to John, not a younger sibling
Jn 7:3-4 – brothers advise like elders: “go to Judea, manifest self unthinkable for younger siblings
(see next verse)
Mk 3:21 – set out to seize him, “he is out of his mind”
*Mt 1:25 – Joseph knew her not until she bore first-born’
Mt 28:20 – I am with you always, until end of age
1 Tim 4:13 – until I arrive, attend to reading, teaching …
1 Cor 15:25 – he must reign until has enemies underfoot
Lk 1:80 – John in desert until day of his manifestation
Ex 13:2; Nb 3:12 – consecrate first-born that opens womb
Ex 34:20 – first-born among your sons you shall redeem
REPETITIOUS PRAYER
*Mt 6:7 – do not babble like pagans with their many words
1 Kgs 18:25-29 – example of vain repetition: call Baal for hours
Mt 26:24 – Jesus prayed a third time, saying same thing again
Lk 18:13 – collector kept beating breast & praying: be merciful
Rev 4:8 – repeat day & night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord”
1 Thess 5:17 – pray without ceasing
CALL NO MAN FATHER? (*Mt 23;9)
Acts 7:2 – St. Stephen calls Jewish leaders “fathers”
Acts 21:40, Acts 22:1 – St. Paul calls Jerusalem Jews “fathers”
Rom 4:16-17 – Abraham called “the father of us all”
1 Cor 4:14-15 – I became your father in Christ thru gospel
1 Tim 1:2 – my true child in the faith
Tit 1:4 – my true child in our common faith
Heb 12:7-9 – we have earthly fathers to discipline us
Lk 14:26 – if anyone comes to me w/o hating his father …
1 Thess 2:11 – we treated you as a father treats his children
Philem 10 – whose father I became in my imprisonment
1 Jn 2:13, 14 – I write to you, fathers, because you know him
SCANDALS IN THE CHURCH
Jer 32:32-35 – OT leaders & priests offered child sacrifices
2 Kgs 23:7 – OT cult prostitutes in the temple of the Lord
Jn 4:22 – in spite of their infidelity, salvation is from Jews
Mk 14:43-46 – Judas betrayed Jesus
Mk 14:66-72 – Peter denied him
Jn 20:24-25 – Thomas refused to believe his resurrection
Mk 14:50 – Mk 14:50 – they all left him and fled in garden of Gethsemane Rom 3:3-4 – will their
infidelity nullify fidelity of God? No!
2 Tim 2:13 – if we are unfaithful, God remains faithful
Mt 13:24-30 – parable of the weeds among the wheat
Mt 13:47-48 – parable of net that collects good and bad
CELIBACY
*1 Tim 4:1-3 – forbidding marriage is a doctrine of demons
* 1 Tim 3:2 – bishop must be married only once
Eph 5:21-33 – marriage is good: holy symbol of Christ & church
Mt 19:12 – celibacy praised by Jesus, who was celibate
Jer 16:1-4 – Jeremiah told not to take wife & have children
1 Cor 7:8 – St. Paul was celibate
1 Cor 7:32-35 – celibacy recommended for full-time ministers
2 Tim 2:3-4 – no soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits
1 Tim 5:9-12 – pledge of celibacy taken by older widows
FASTING (*1 Tim 4:3)
Mk 7:19 – Christ declared all foods clean
1 Tim 4:4-5 – everything created by God is good
Dan 10:3 – Daniel refused to eat choice foods for 3 weeks
Mt 9:15 – Christ’s followers will fast once he is gone
Mt 6:16-18 – Jesus gave regulations concerning how to fast
PURGATORY
Mt 5:48 – be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect
Heb 12:14 – strive for that holiness w/o which cannot see God
Jam 3:2 – we all fall short in many respects
Rev 21:27 – nothing unclean shall enter heaven
1 Jn 5:16-17 – degrees of sins distinguished
Jam 1:14-15 – when sin reaches maturity gives birth to death
2 Sam 12:13-14 – David, though forgiven, still punished for sin
Mt 5:26 – you will not be released until paid last penny
Mt 12:32 – sin against Holy Spirit unforgiven in this age or next
Mt 12:36 – account for every idle word on judgment day
2 Macc 12:44-46 – atoned for dead to free them from sin
1 Cor 3:15 – suffer loss, but saved as through fire
1 Pet 3:18-20; 4:6 – Jesus preached to the spirits in prison
2 Tim 1:16-18 – Paul prays for dead friend Onesiphoros
1 Cor 15:29-30 – Paul mentions people baptizing for the dead
HELL
Is 33:11, 14 – who of us can live with the everlasting flames
Mt 25:41 – depart, you accursed, into the eternal fire
Mt 25:46 – these will go off to eternal punishment
Lk 3:16-17 – the chaff he will burn in unquenchable fire
2 Thess 1:6-9 – these will pay the penalty of eternal ruin
ORIGINAL SIN
Gn 2:16-17 – the day you eat of that tree, you shall die
Gn 3:11-19 – God’s punishment for eating of the tree
Rom 5:12-19 – many became sinners through one man’s sin
1 Cor 15:21-23 – by a man came death; in Adam all die
Eph 2:1-3 – we all once lived in the passions of our flesh
INFANT BAPTISM
Jn 3:5; Mk 16:16 – baptism required for entering heaven
1 Cor 15:21-22 – in Adam all die, in Christ all made alive
Mk 10:14 – let children come; to such belongs the kingdom
Lk 18:15 – people were bringing even infants to him …
Col 2:11-12 baptism has replaced circumcision
Jos 24:15 – as for me and my house, we will serve Lord
Mt 8:5ff – servant healed because of centurion’s faith
Mt 15:21ff – daughter healed b/c of Canaanite woman’s faith
Lk 7:1 f. -just say the word, and let my servant be healed
Acts 16:31 – believe in Lord Jesus you & house will be saved
Acts16:15 – she was baptized, with all her household
Acts 16:33 – he and all his family were baptized at once
1 Cor 1:16 – I baptized the household of Stephanas
St. Hippolytus of Rome (c. 215 AD): “Baptize first the children; and if they can speak for
themselves, let them do so. Otherwise, let their parents or other relatives speak for them.” The Apostolic Tradition 21. Origen (post 244 AD): “the Church received from the apostles the
tradition of giving baptism also to infants.” Commentary on Romans 5, 9.
Jn 252 ad, the council of Carthage condemned the opinion that infants must wait until the eighth
day after birth to be baptized, as was the case with circumcision. St Cyprian of Carthage, Letter
64 (59), 2.
CONFIRMATION
Acts 19:5-6 -Paul imposed hands on baptized, received H. Spirit
Acts 8:14-17 – laid hands upon them, they received Holy Spirit
2 Cor 1:21-22 – put seal on us & given Holy Spirit in our hearts
Eph 1:13 – you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit
Heb 6:2 – instruction about baptism & laying on of hands
CONFESSION
Mt 9:2-8 – Son of Man has authority to forgive sins
Jn 20:23 – whose sins you forgive/retain are forgiven/retained
Jn 20:22 – breathed on them, “receive Holy Spirit” [recall Gn 2:7]
2 Cor 5:17-20 – given us the ministry of reconciliation
James 5:13-15 – prayer of presbyters forgives sin
Jam 5:16 – confess your sins to one another
Mt 18:18-whatever you bind & loose on earth, so it is in heaven
1 Jn 5:16 – there is sin that is not deadly
ANOINTING THE SICK
Mk 6:12-13 – anointed with oil many sick, cured them
Jam 5:14-15 – presbyters pray over sick, anoint, sins forgiven
HOLY ORDERS
Acts 20:28 – HS appointed you overseers, to tend church
Lk 22:19 – do this in memory of me
Jn 20:22 – As Father sent me, I send you… receive HS
Acts 6:6 – the apostles prayed and laid hands on them
Acts 13:3 – they laid hands on them & sent them off
Acts 14:22 – they appointed presbyters in each church
1 Tim 4:14 – gift received thru laying on of hands of Presbyterate
2 Tim 1:6 – gift of God you have thru imposition of hands
Tit 1:5 – appoint presbyters in every town, as I directed you
MATRIMONY
Mt 19:5-6 – leave father & mother, join wife; 2 become 1 flesh
Mk 10:7-12 – what God joined together, no man separate
Eph 5:22-32 – union of man & wife image of Christ & Church
Heb 13:4 – let marriage be honored among all
DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE
Mal 2:14-16 – for I hate divorce, says the Lord
Mt 5:32-33 – to divorce or marry divorced wife is adultery
Mt 19:4-6, 9 – to divorce wife and remarry is adultery
Mk 10:11-12 – if either divorces and remarries=adultery
Lk 16:18 – to divorce & remarry or marry divorced=adultery
Rom 7:2-3 -wife consorts=adulteress if living, but not if dead
1 Cor 7:10-11 – if wife separates, stay single or reconcile
CONTRACEPTION
Gn 1:27-28 (Gn 9:1; 35:11) – be fruitful and multiply
Ps 127:35 – children gift from God, blessed is a full quiver
1 Chr 25:5 – God gave 14 sons & 3 daughters to exalt him
1 Chr 26:4-5 – God indeed blessed Obed-edom with 8 sons
Hos 9:10-17 – Israel is punished with childlessness
Ex 23:25-26 – blessings promised: no miscarrying, barrenness
Dt 7:13-14 – you will be blessed: no male or female barrenness
Gn 38:9-10 – Onan killed for spilling his seed on ground
Dt 25:5-10 – penalty for defying Levitate law: not death
Lv 20:13 – if man lies with man, put to death (wasting seed)
Note: no penalty prescribed for lesbian actions or relations between single man & single woman
(Dt 22:28-29)
Lv 20:15 – if man lies with animal, put to death (sterile sex)
Lv 20:16 – woman lies with animal, put to death (sterile sex)
Lv 21:17-20 – crushed testicles is called a defect & blemish
Dt 23:1 – no one who is castrated shall enter the assembly
Dt 25:11-12 – punishment for potential damage to genitals
Rom 1:25-27 – natural function of women (-childbearing)
1 Tim 2:11-15 – women saved thro the hearing of children
Act 5:1-11 – Ananias/Saphirs slain-withholding part of gift
Gal 6:7 – God is not mocked-accepting pleasure, denying fruit
Mt 21:19, Mk 11:14 – Jesus cursed fruitless fig tree
Gal 5:20 ,Rv 9:21,21:8 – Greek pharmakeia=abortifacient potions
1 Cor 6:19-20 – body temple of HS, glorify God in body
HOMOSEXUALITY
Gn 1:27- complementariry of sexes reflects God’s inner unity
Gn 2:21-24 – transmission of life thru total self donation-1 flesh
Gn 19 – original sin deteriorates to Sodom’s sin, destroyed
Lv 18:22 – called abomination, cut off from people (v.29)
Lv 20:13 – both shall be put to death for abominable deed
Rom 1:27 – called unnatural, shameful, and a perversity
1 Cor 6:9 – active homosexuals won’t inherit kingdom of God
1 Tim 1:9-10 – those who engage in such acts called “sinners”
DRINKING WINE
Gn 27:25 – Isaac brought Jacob wine, and he drank
Dt 14:23-26 – spend money on sheep, wine, & strong drink
Prov 20:1 -wine is a mocker, unwise to be led astray by it
Eccl 9:7 – drink your wine with merry heart – God approves
Is 25:6 – God will provide feast of rich foods & choice wines
Is 5:11 – woe to those rise early & run after strong drink
Is 5:22 – woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine
Lk 7:33-34 – Son of Man eats & drinks: behold glutton & drunk
Jn 2:2-10 – miracle at Cana: water turned into good wine
Eph 5:18 – do not get drunk with wine, that is debauchery
1 Tim 5:23 – drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach
COMMUNION OF SAINTS
Eph 1:22-23 – he is head of the church, which is his body
Eph 5:21-32 – Christ is head of church, savior of the body
Col 1:18, 24 – he is the head of the body, the church
1 Cor 12:12-27 – if 1 suffers, all suffer; if 1 honored, all rejoice
Rom 12:5 – we are 1 body in Christ, indiv. parts of one another
Eph 4:4 – one body, one Spirit, called to one hope
Col 3:15 – you were called in one body
Rom 8:35-39 – death cannot separate us from Christ
Rom 12:10 – love one another with mutual affection
1 Thess 5:11 – encourage, build up one another
Gal 6:2 – bear one another’s burdens
Gal 6:10 – let us do good to all, esp. those in family of faith
INTERCESSORY PRAYER TO SAINTS
Rom 15:30 join me by your prayers to God on my behalf
Col 4:3; 1 Thess 5:25 – pray for us
2 Thess 1:11 – we always pray for you
2 Thess 3:1 – finally, brothers, pray for us
Eph 6:18-19 – making supplication for all the saints & for me
Tob 12:12 – angel presents Tobit & Sarah’s prayer to God
Rev 5:8 – angel offers prayers of the holy ones to God
*Saints dead, prayer is necromancy (Dt 18:10-11)
Mk 12:26-27 – he is God of the living, not of the dead
Mk 9:4 – Jesus seen conversing with Elijah and Moses
Lk 23:43 – this day you will be with me in paradise
Rev 6:9-11 – martyrs under altar want earthly vindication
Heb 12:1 – we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses
Lk 16:19-30 – departed rich man intercedes for brothers
Rev 20:4 – saw the souls of those who had been beheaded
Wis 3:1-6 – the souls of the just are in the hand of God
*1 Tim 2:5 “One mediator between God and man”
1 Tim 2:1-7 – offer prayers, petitions for all men
1 Pet 2:5 – be a holy priesthood to offer sacrifices thru Christ
Mk 10:18 – only God is good
Mt 25:23 – well done my good and faithful servant
Jn 10:11-16 – I am good shepherd; one flock, 1 shepherd
Jn 21:15-16 – feed my lambs, tend my sheep
Eph 4:11 – he gave some as apostles … others as pastors
Heb 3:1, 7:24, 9:12-13 – Jesus eternal high priest; one sacrifice
Rev 1:6, 5:10 – he made us a kingdom of priests for God
VENERATION OF SAINTS
Jos 5:14 – Joshua fell prostrate in worship before angel
Dan 8:17 – Daniel fell prostrate in terror before Gabriel
Tob 12:16 – Tobiah & Tobit fall to ground before Raphael
Mt 18:10 – angels in heaven always behold face of God
(we venerate angels because of their great dignity, which comes from their union with God.
Saints also united with God)
1 Jn 3:2 – we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is
1 Thess 1:5-8 – you became an example to all the believers
Heb 13:7 – remember leaders, consider/imitate their faith & life
RELICS
2 Kgs 13:20-21 – contact with Elisha’s bones restored life
Acts 5:15-16 – cures performed through Peter’s shadow
Acts 19:11-12 – cures through face cloths that touched Paul
STATUES
*Ex 20:4-5 – do not make and worship any graven images
Ex 25:18-19 – make two cherubim of beaten gold
Num 21:8-9 – Moses made bronze serpent & put on pole
1 Kgs 6:23-29 – temple had engraved cherubim, trees, flowers
1 Kgs 7:25-45 – temple had bronze oxen, lions, pomegranates

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