On the Church

fresco at the Karlskirche in vienna (by Johann Michael Rottmayr)
fresco at the Karlskirche in vienna (by Johann Michael Rottmayr). Image via Wikipedia

From the start of Jesus‘ public ministry many confused His messianic purpose as one of short-term political freedom instead of the long-term from the consequences of sin. In a way this is understandable. How would you react today is a person spoke and acted in a way that led to the suspicion of a claimed divinity?

That said, what many Jews failed to understand was their own misinterpretation of the Scriptures. Before them stood the fulfillment of everything that was revealed to them through the Law and the prophets yet they could not grasp that it all led to God taking on the nature of Man. Some of course accepted the gift of Faith and followed.

To these, Jesus promised to remain always and to provide the means for them to spread the Gospel to all corners of the earth. In order to do this, Jesus ushered in the fulfillment of the Old Covenant Israel, which was always referred to as a bride vis-a-vis God. This fulfilled Israel is not political or bound by physical borders. No, it would be a spiritual kingdom that would remain visible to men, much like a “light set atop a hill.” It would be founded on Christ as the Head and true cornerstone but built upon the Rock here on earth. It would be protected and remain true, never-failing, never faltering,  by the presence of God the Holy Spirit and would house serve as the location for all to “Eat and Drink the Body and Blood” of Our Blessed Lord.

The first section of the Cheat Sheet lists the following verses in relation to the Church in general and speak to her purpose, origin and nature:

  • Mt 16:18-19 – upon this rock I will build my Church (cf Is 22:22)
  • Mt 18:17 – if he refuses to listen even to the Church…
  • Mt 28:18-20 – go baptize and teach all nations
  • Mk 16:15-16 – go to whole world and proclaim gospel
  • Lk 10:16 – whoever hears you, hears me; rejects you, rejects me.
  • Jn 14:16, 26 – Holy Spirit with you always, teach/remind you of everything
  • Jn 16:13 – Spirit of truth will guide you to all truth.
  • 1Tim 3:15 – Church is the pillar and foundation of truth.

The next section of the Cheat Sheet goes over the Four Marks of the Church:

  1. One
  2. Holy
  3. Catholic
  4. Apostolic

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