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|1||Defend the Offender-Attack the Offended?||Bible general||srbaegon||241666|
Has someone truly caused you offense, or are you feeling the sting of sharp correction? Christians are called to restrict the gifts in others when the use of that gift is unseemly. The apostle Paul sharply corrected the believers in Corinth for the way they conducted themselves according to their gifts: there was chaos that needed to be set in order.
|2||God Became Man to Redeem You||Heb 1:3||srbaegon||238956|
|Having thus discoursed about the divine nature, he moves to human matters to bring out the mystery of the divine plan.... He is the Son of the Father, who is one with the begetter, the creator and governor of all things, who reveals in himself the Father, and who by becoming man procured our salvation. Though most high he humbled himself, and though God, he became man. It was not that being humble he exalted himself, or being man he was made God. Rather on the one hand, as God he was always Lord of all, and on the other, as man he took to himself glory he had as God. He actually said as much in the sacred Gospels, "Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed" (John 17:5). He asked not to receive what he did not have, but for what he had to be revealed.
Theodoret of Cyrus, “The Epistle to the Hebrews”
|3||Christ's Sacrifice Reconciles||2 Cor 5:19||srbaegon||238764|
|Therefore the Epistle [of Hebrews] is occupied to a great extent with the topic that the ancient priesthood and the ancient sacrifices were instituted not for the purpose of meriting the remission of sins before God or reconciliation, but only to signify the future sacrifice of Christ alone. For in the Old Testament it was necessary for saints to be justified by faith derived from the promise of the remission of sins that was to be granted for Christ's sake, just as saints are also justified in the New Testament. From the beginning of the world it was necessary for all saints to believe that Christ would be the promised offering and satisfaction for sins, as Isaiah 53:10 teaches: When you shall make His soul an offering for sin.
Since, therefore, in the Old Testament, sacrifices did not merit reconciliation, unless by a figure (for they merited civil reconciliation), but signified the coming sacrifice, it follows that Christ is the only sacrifice applied on behalf of the sins of others. Therefore, in the New Testament no sacrifice is left to be applied for the sins of others, except the one sacrifice of Christ upon the cross.
Apology of the Augsburg Confession XXIV.54-56
|4||Approach Scripture with Humility||Ps 119:18||srbaegon||237799|
|The Holy Scriptures require a humble reader who shows reverence and fear toward the Word of God and constantly says, "Teach me, teach me, teach me!" The Spirit resists the proud. Though they study diligently and some preach Christ purely for a time, nevertheless God excludes them from the church if they're proud. Therefore every proud person is a heretic, if not actually, then potentially. However, it's difficult for a man who has excellent gifts not to be arrogant. Those whom God adorns with great gifts he plunges into the most severe trials in order that they may learn that they're nothing. Paul got a thorn in the flesh to keep him from being haughty.… Pride drove the angel out of heaven and spoils many preachers. Accordingly it's humility that's needed in the study of sacred literature.
Martin Luther, Table Talk 5017
|5||The Wall Is Down||Eph 2:14||srbaegon||237408|
|Souls born of God's fountain of goodness were detained in the world. There was a wall in their midst, a sort of fence, a partition made by the deceits of the flesh and worldly lusts. Christ by his own mystery, his passion, and his way of life destroyed this wall. He overcame sin and taught that it could be overcome. He destroyed the lusts of the world and taught that they ought to be destroyed. He took away the wall in the midst. It was in his own flesh that he overcame the enmity. The work is not ours; we are not called to set ourselves free. Faith in Christ is our only salvation.
Marius Victorinus, Commentary on Ephesians
|6||Christ's Unfathomable Goodness||Ps 145:7||srbaegon||237407|
|For when we had been created by God the Father, and had received from Him all manner of good, the devil came and led us into disobedience, sin, death, and all evil, so that we fell under His wrath and displeasure and were doomed to eternal damnation, as we had merited and deserved. There was no counsel, help, or comfort until this only and eternal Son of God in His unfathomable goodness had compassion upon our misery and wretchedness, and came from heaven to help us. Those tyrants and jailers, then, are all expelled now, and in their place has come Jesus Christ, Lord of life, righteousness, every blessing, and salvation, and has delivered us poor lost men from the jaws of hell, has won us, made us free, and brought us again into the favor and grace of the Father, and has taken us as His own property under His shelter and protection, that He may govern us by His righteousness, wisdom, power, life, and blessedness.
Martin Luther, Large Catechism: Apostles' Creed, II.28-30
|7||John 10:10 Who is responsible for death?||Rev 1:18||srbaegon||236810|
God can never be credited with death. Man dies because of sin.
Gen 2:16-17 - And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Rom 5:12 - Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned...
We cannot help but sin because each person is a sinner by nature, therefore we all die.
|8||What is 2 Thess. 2:1-12 telling us?||2 Thess 2:1||srbaegon||236035|
Stringing together a series of verses does not make anything clear. You need to make a reasoned explanation.
|9||Why did God allow Polygamy?||Gen 2:21||srbaegon||236033|
You seem to have veered away from the apostle Paul's use of "falling from grace" in Gal 5:4. There he is not speaking of committing certain types or a quantity of sin which puts us over the limit. Rather he is saying that those who take circumcision are actually moving from belief to disbelief, are therefore utterly cut off from Christ and unable to repent (see Heb 6:4-6).
|10||Prepared for Spiritual Warfare||Eph 6:15||srbaegon||235838|
|For the secular contest men are trained and prepared, and reckon it a great glory of their honor if it should happen to them to be crowned in the sight of the people, and in the presence of the emperor. Behold a lofty and great contest, glorious also with the reward of a heavenly crown, inasmuch as God looks upon us as we struggle, and, extending His view over those whom He has condescended to make His sons, He enjoys the spectacle of our contest. God looks upon us in the warfare, and fighting in the encounter of faith; His angels look on us, and Christ looks on us. How great is the dignity, and how great the happiness of the glory, to engage in the presence of God, and to be crowned, with Christ for a judge! Let us be armed, beloved brethren, with our whole strength, and let us be prepared for the struggle with an uncorrupted mind, with a sound faith, with a devoted courage.
Cyprian, To the People of Thibaris, Exhorting to Martyrdom, Epistle 55.8
|11||Abba, Father Now; Continuous Hymn Then||Rom 8:15||srbaegon||235802|
|But we do now receive a certain portion of His Spirit, tending towards perfection, and preparing us for incorruption, being little by little accustomed to receive and bear God; which also the apostle terms “an earnest,” that is, a part of the honor which has been promised us by God, where he says in the Epistle to the Ephesians, “In which ye also, having heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, believing in which we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance.” This earnest, therefore, thus dwelling in us, renders us spiritual even now, and the mortal is swallowed up by immortality. “For you,” he declares, “are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.” This, however does not take place by a casting away of the flesh, but by the impartation of the Spirit. For those to whom he was writing were not without flesh, but they were those who had received the Spirit of God, “by which we cry, Abba, Father.” If therefore, at the present time, having the earnest, we do cry, “Abba, Father,” what shall it be when, on rising again, we behold Him face to face; when all the members shall burst out into a continuous hymn of triumph, glorifying Him who raised them from the dead, and gave the gift of eternal life? For if the earnest, gathering man into itself, does even now cause him to cry, “Abba, Father,” what shall the complete grace of the Spirit effect, which shall be given to men by God? It will render us like unto Him, and accomplish the will of the Father; for it shall make man after the image and likeness of God.
Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 5.8.1-2
|12||Truth is Found in God||John 8:32||srbaegon||235748|
I agree with your admiration and assessment. A little more Christian mentoring for both these men would have reaped much. Nonetheless, there is much to admire.
|13||Suffering for Christ Has Its Reward||Rom 8:17||srbaegon||235745|
|Here again he shows us that our sufferings are less than their rewards. Now, since it is through the flesh that we suffer with Christ—for it is the property of the flesh to be worn by sufferings—to the same flesh belongs the recompense which is promised for suffering with Christ. Accordingly, when he is going to assign afflictions to the flesh as its especial liability—according to the statement he had already made—he says, “When we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest;” then, in order to make the soul a fellow-sufferer with the body, he adds, “We were troubled on every side; without were fightings,” which of course warred down the flesh, “within were fears,” which afflicted the soul. Although, therefore, the outward man decays—not in the sense of missing the resurrection, but of enduring tribulation—it will be understood from this scripture that it is not exposed to its suffering without the inward man. Both therefore, will be glorified together, even as they have suffered together. In parallel with their participation in troubles, must necessarily run their association also in rewards.
Tertullian, On the Resurrection of the Flesh, XL
|14||Truth is Found in God||John 8:32||srbaegon||235580|
|That depends on the topic. Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch are very pastoral and encouraging. For a defense of the faith: Epistle to Diognetus is concise, while Justin and Irenaeus are more comprehensive. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. It would be like choosing your favorite child.
|15||Truth is Found in God||John 8:32||srbaegon||235437|
|The word of truth is free, and carries its own authority, disdaining to fall under any skilful argument, or to endure the logical scrutiny of its hearers. But it would be believed for its own nobility, and for the confidence due to Him who sends it. Now the word of truth is sent from God, therefore the freedom claimed by the truth is not arrogant. For being sent with authority, it would not be proper that it should be required to produce proof of what is said; since neither is there any proof beyond itself, which is God.… And God, the Father of the universe, who is the perfect intelligence, is the truth. And the Word, being His Son, came to us, having put on flesh, revealing both Himself and the Father, giving to us in Himself resurrection from the dead, and eternal life afterwards. And this is Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. He, therefore, is Himself both the faith and the proof of Himself and of all things. Therefore those who follow Him, and know Him, having faith in Him as their proof, shall rest in Him.
Justin Martyr, On the Resurrection, I
|16||Ridding myself of guilt and fear||James 5:16||srbaegon||235307|
|I think you mistook my words. I did not define obedient faith that way, but assumed you defined it that way because of the language you used. In fact your response solidifies my assumption, because you clearly state a four-fold obligation by a person in order to become and remain Christ's:
1) "We are Christ's when we clothe ourselves with Christ by being buried with Him in baptism and
2) putting to death our old self by no longer 'allowing' sin to rule over us;
3) sacrificing 'self' to Live for Christ; and
4) we continue to be Christ's when we choose to live in the spirit by not continuing willfully to commit acts that are ungodly..."
I agree with the first, because it comes straight out of Romans 6, but even there, you have lumped the whole together to make the entire act of salvation one of your works. Or to say it differently, you appear to be saying that the Lord Jesus made a way possible to be saved, but we have to work our very hardest to become and remain saved.
What am I missing?
|17||Luther on the Sabbath Commandment||Ex 20:8||srbaegon||235304|
|This commandment, therefore, according to its literal sense, does not concern us Christians; for it is altogether an external matter, like other ordinances of the Old Testament, which were attached to particular customs, persons, times, and places, and now have been made free through Christ.
But to grasp a Christian meaning for the simple as to what God requires in this commandment, note that we keep holy days not for the sake of intelligent and learned Christians (for they have no need of it), but first of all for bodily causes and necessities, which nature teaches and requires; for the common people, man-servants and maid-servants, who have been attending to their work and trade the whole week, that for a day they may retire in order to rest and be refreshed.
Secondly, and most especially, that on such day of rest (since we can get no other opportunity) freedom and time be taken to attend divine service, so that we come together to hear and treat of God's Word, and then to praise God, to sing and pray.
Luther's Large Catechism, 82-84
|18||Ridding myself of guilt and fear||James 5:16||srbaegon||235295|
|Hello happy soul,
You write as one who believes that if a person believes, then that one will obey completely in all that the Lord commands. And if that one is disobedient in anything, he or she is not a Christian.
If this is correct, then I as a baptized believer on the Lord Jesus Christ these 40-plus years have no hope of heaven. Sin works in my members, and the older I get, the more this fact is evident. Who will save me from this body of death?
|19||Messiah's Priesthood||Ps 110:4||srbaegon||235138|
|For by this statement, "The Lord has sworn, and will not repent: You are a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek," with an oath God has shown Him (on account of your unbelief) to be the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek; i.e., as Melchizedek was described by Moses as the priest of the Most High, and he was a priest of those who were in uncircumcision, and blessed the circumcised Abraham who brought him tithes, so God has shown that His everlasting Priest, called also by the Holy Spirit Lord, would be Priest of those in uncircumcision. Those too in circumcision who approach Him, that is, believing Him and seeking blessings from Him, He will both receive and bless. And that He shall be first humble as a man, and then exalted, these words at the end of the Psalm show: "He shall drink of the brook in the way," and then, "Therefore shall He lift up the head."
Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 33
|20||Righteousness Solely through Christ||Phil 3:9||srbaegon||235097|
|For Isaiah did not send you to a bath, there to wash away murder and other sins, which not even all the water of the sea were sufficient to purge. But, as might have been expected, this was that saving bath of the olden time which followed those who repented, and who no longer were purified by the blood of goats and of sheep, or by the ashes of an heifer, or by the offerings of fine flour, but by faith through the blood of Christ, and through His death, who died for this very reason, as Isaiah himself said, when he spoke thus: "The Lord shall make bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the nations and the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God. Depart, depart, depart, go out from there, and touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her, be clean you that bear the vessels of the Lord, for you go not with haste. For the Lord shall go before you; and the Lord, the God of Israel, shall gather you together."
Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho, 13
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