The Catholic Faith

Know, Love, Defend & Proclaim

Archives for Memes

  • John 1:1,14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”
  • 1Thess 2:13 – Apostles’ oral teachings as word of God
  • Mk 13:31 – heaven & earth shall pass away, but my words will not
  • 1Pet 1:25 – word of Lord abides for ever = good news preached to you
  • 2Thess 2:15 – hold fast to traditions, whether oral or by letter
  • Mt 23:2-3 – chair of Moses; observe whatever they tell you
  • (valid traditions and authority endorsed)
  • 1Cor 11:2 – hold fast to traditions I handed on to you
  • 2Tim 1:13 – follow my sound words; guard the truth
  • 2Thess 3:6 – shun those acting not according to tradition
  • 2Tim 2:2 – what you heard from me, entrust to faithful men (3 generations: Paul – Timothy – faithful)
  • Rom 10:17 – faith come from what is heard
  • 1Cor 15:1-2 – being saved if you hold fast to the word I preached
  • Mk 16:15 – go to the whole world, proclaim gospel to every creature
  • *Mt 15:3, Mk 7:9 – break commandment of God for your tradition (reply: condemned tradition are only those which nullified God’s commandments)

“Faith alone”, one of the five tenets of the Protestant Reformation, is a difficult topic. If “faith” is a fiducial faith, inclusive of charity, there is no theological problem. If, however, it’s taken as faith apart from charity – a mere intellectual assent – this is where problem arises. The Scriptures use “faith” in both of those senses (1. integral with charity, and; 2. in itself, apart from charity), which is where exegetical difficulty and consequent disagreement arises.

Luther’s Translation

“So halten wyrs nu, das der mensch gerechtfertiget werde, on zu thun der werck des gesetzs, alleyn durch den glawben” (emphasis added to the German word for ‘alone.’)
“Romans 3:28”, Testament, 1522

Good Works

  • Mt 7:21 – not Lord, Lord but he who does the will of father
  • Mt 19:16-17 – to have life, keep my 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 2:2-8 – eternal life by perseverance in good works
  • 2Cor 5:10 – recompense accord to what did in body
  • 2Cor 11:15 – their end will correspond to their deeds
  • 1Pet 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
  • 1Cor 9:27 – drive body for fear of being disqualified
  • 1Cor 10:11-12 – those thinking they are secure may fall
  • Gal 5:4 – separated from Christ, you’ve fallen from grace
  • 2Tim 2:11-13 – must hold out to the end to reign with Christ
  • Hb 6:4-6 – describes sharers in Holy Spirit who then fall away
  • Heb 10:26-27 – if sin after receiving truth, judgment remains

Acts 7:2 – St. Stephen calls Jewish leaders “fathers”
Acts 21:40, 22:1 – St. Paul calls Jerusalem Jews “fathers”
Rom 4:16-17 – Abraham called the father of us all”
1Cor 4:14-15 – I became your father in Christ through gospel
1Tim 1:2 – 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 without hating his father…
1Thess 2:11 – we treated you as a father treats his children
Philem 10 – whose father I became in my imprisonment
1Jn 2:13, 14 – I write to you, fathers, because you know him