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From the sermon for the 3rd Sunday in Lent at Concordia Lutheran Mission,  March 28, 2011, I cited Mr. Bourdain. I have read a few of his books and watched his TV shows with gusto: one of my favorites.  I hope it helps.  The entire sermon can be found here.

Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again…”

On the Travel Network is a show by New York chef, Anthony Bourdain, entitled “No Reservations”.  He travels around the world with a main purpose being of eating and thereby introducing the particular nation and its cultures.  His show’s intro by Mr. Bourdain:

“I’m Anthony Bourdain. I write.  I travel. I eat.  And I’m hungry for more.”

For what its worth I like Mr. Bourdain.  In traveling and writing and eating, he hungers for more.  Never filled. Starving to death and dying of thirst is very clear to see but spiritual thirst and hunger is not so clearly seen. In fact, it looks good:  it looks like what we see on TV and on the net.  But note: More is never enough.  The hunger is not stilled and the thirst for life is not quenched.  It’s like the fine rock theologian sang, I can’t get no satisfaction and I’ve tried and I’ve tried. “More” is never enough. Jesus is not only speaking with the Samaritan woman at the well, or about Mr. Bourdain but you and I. 

One of Luther’s opponents, Erasmus of Rotterdam said correctly:  The heart is such a spacious thing that even 600 worlds can not fill it.  We live in a “consumer culture” in which obsolescence is planned so that the items we buy will wear out quickly so we can buy a new product.  But our fellow humans know themselves and us quite well:  we actually want more and more, so yeah, let it wear out, I want something new.  We live in a “consumer society”.  Even people are consumables in our sexual lusts and “conquests”.  Even people are consumables, stepping stones for our ambitions for ‘life’. We wear out people.  The Samaritan woman had 5 husbands and her current man was not her husband.  The Samaritan woman had quite a thirst!  Note that in the conversation there is not a hint of condemnation from Jesus.  Jesus does not condemn her because He came not to condemn the world but that the world be saved through Him (John 3:17). The world is already condemned in its sin.

“(Jesus) says that visible water can quench one’s thirst for a little while, but the unseen water cures one of thirst altogether because there is not longer for a thirst for life when immortality is gushing forth on you.” (Apollarinarius of Laodicea, page 153, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scriptures (ACCS), NT IVa)

We think a thirst for life is a virtue. It is not.  The Lord knew thirst and hunger in his stomach and was tempted to use His Deity to fill it with the power and the authority as the Creator.  He did not.  He fed on God’s Word, His food.  “(Jesus) was not thirsty for the water of this world but of the redemption of the human race.”  He came to reveal the woman’s thirst and so forgive.  He will say later that the water welling up is the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit witnesses and teaches Jesus Christ into our empty thirsting hearts.  At Jacob’s well near Sychar was the thirsting Savior in Whom all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt.  He thirsts for you.

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Lord God, heavenly Father, through the prophet Elisha, You continued the prophetic pattern of leaching Your people the true faith and demonstrating through miracles Your presence in creation to heal it of its brokenness. Grant that Your Church may see in Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the final end-times prophet whose teaching and miracles continue in Your Church through the healing medicine of the Gospel and the Sacraments; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen

About Elisha: Elisha, son of Shaphat of the tribe of Issachar, was the prophet of God to the Northern Kingdom of Israel around 849-786 BC. Upon seeing his mentor, Elijah, taken up into heaven, Elisha assumed the prophetic office and took up the mantle of his predecessor. Like Elijah, Elisha played an active role in political affairs. He also performed many miracles, such as curing the Syrian army commander Naaman of his leprosy (2 Kings 5) and restoring life to the son of a Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4:8-7). A vocal opponent of Baal worship, Elisha lived up to his name, which means “my God is salvation.”  

 Elisha was the Lord’s prophet who by His Word many great deeds (miracles) were accomplished in Israel in the midst of it’s apostasies, Israel still heard the Word.  I think the greatest “miracle” was the healing of Naaman the Syrian:  2 Kings 5. Naaman was a VIP and significantly, a Gentile and a leper.  Being a Gentile and a leper meant Naaman was unclean twice. And it be must be noted at this time in the news:  a Syrian.

Naaman the Syrian went afar to find relief and he received even more.  Naaman was the commander of the Syrian army, like  a 4 star general.   It just so happens he has a young Israelite girl taken captive as a servant.   He hears from her that there is a “man of God” who might heal him in her country:  Elisha.  General Naaman goes to Israel with his entourage and eventually comes to Elisha’s home:  it would be like a limousine pulling up to a bungalow. “If you will, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1: 40) Elisha tells Naaman to Go wash 7 times in the Jordan and you will be clean;  but Naaman responds to the prophet,

“Can’t you just wave your hand and make me clean? Are not the rivers Pharpar and Abana in Syria better than the Jordan?” 2 Kings 5:12 

Rev. Peter Leithart points out in his commentary on 2 Kings the many connections of the ministry of Elisha with water involving miracles done through him:  the water at Jericho is purified 2 Kings 2: 19-22;  water comes from nowhere to sustain armies and animals  (3:20), iron floats, 6: 1-7;  Elisha directs Jehoram to give water to Aramean soldiers, 6:22-23 and in the longest narrative involving water, Naaman the Syrian is cleansed in the Jordan River of his leprosy.   Then Rev. Leithart  concludes,

“Tertullian says, “Nunquam sine aqua Christus“–Christ is never without water and the same can already be said of Elisha.  He is a son of his heavenly Father, the creator who divides water from water and walks upon the sea.”

It is clear, Rev. Leithart points out that Naaman is insulted by the invitation to dunk himself in the Jordan River.  It is an insult to even some Christian’s sensibilities that the Lord would wash away our sins in Baptism.  Again, Rev. Leithart: 

“But that is exactly the point.  Baptism is an insult to the wisdom of the world: through the foolishness of water God has chosen to save those who believe.  Baptism is a stumbling block for the powerful, who want to do something impressive or at least have something impressive done to them.  God says, trust me, let me wash you up, and you can become a temple of the Spirit and sit at my table in my kingdom.  He says, become as a little child and believe what I say about baptism…all baptism is infant baptism”

The result of the Lord’s healing in the water is that Naaman confesses to Elisha his faith: I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel.  Naaman wants to respond in the only way he probably knew how:  monetarily.  He wants to pay for his baptism. Naaman urged Elisha to accept the gift.  No, says Elisha.  Why?  The greatest miracle for Naaman given, by grace, was faith…FREELY given. But the story continues with Elisha’s servant Gehazi shaking down Naaman for money.  And Elisha’s response, the judgement of God, drives home the point:  you can not buy God’s grace and favor.  It is free. Gehazi becomes a leper as Naaman had been.

The Lord creates the faith by His Word which alone heals.  There was greater healing that day in the Jordan:  Naaman’s soul.  Just think: From an arrogant General to a humble believer saying to a foreigner, “your servant“!  From a non-believer to a worshiper of the true and only LORD in the midst of temple of Rimmon.  Elisha and Naaman show us the way to be baptized believers in a foreign land.

“If you will, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1: 40) What a simple, clean faith.  You can make me whole, You alone.  The leper (Mark 1)  knew he could not make himself clean.  Naaman did not make himself clean. Only cats clean themselves.  We are not spiritual cats!  We can not clean our souls by our actions or words.  We must turn to water and soap, outside of us, to clean our bodies and so our souls.  I speak of the Word of God.  His Word is in the water, the water of Baptism as it was for that time-conditioned sacrament for Naaman.  “If you will, you can make me clean” “I will;  be clean” (Mark 1:40) This is the I will of His sovereign grace to sinners and His  Word is His will:  Baptism.  This Baptism’s authority comes from the Name of God (Matthew 28:18 ) and the great and powerful deed, central to all human history and each and every individual’s history:  His death and Resurrection (Romans 6: 1-11)

 

Supplement:  from Luther’s Small Catechism, Holy Baptism:

As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household

First

What is Baptism?

Baptism is not just plain water, but it is the water included in God’s command and combined with God’s word.

Which is that word of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Matthew: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19)

Second

What benefits does Baptism give?

It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

Which are these words and promises of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)

Third

How can water do such great things?

Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.” (Titus 3:5–8)

Fourth

What does such baptizing with water indicate?

It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Where is this written?

St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Rom. 6:4)

From Luther’s Small Catechism © 1986 Concordia Publishing House, cph.org

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Text:  The Gospel Text, St. Mark 3:20-35

Jesus’ family thinks He is crazy. The scribes think Jesus is possessed by Satan. What were they doing?  Yes, not telling the truth of and about Jesus but in these days, it might be said of the Scribes and Jesus’ family they were “putting a spin” on Him.  Putting a spin on someone means to twist a report or story to one’s advantage; to interpret an event to make it seem favorable or beneficial to oneself or one’s cause. Jesus’ family were trying to get a handle on him and the scribes would eventually want to their hands on Him, and they would. 

The Lord’s family thought things had gotten out of hand.  Their judgment that He was crazy came from the fact that there were so many people, “that they could not even eat. (lit. “not able to eat bread)”.   Jesus is not even eating bread!  He’s got to have something to eat!  Only someone who’s not eating, is not right in his head! Jesus told his accusers when he and the disciples were eating grain on the Sabbath about the narrative of David eating the Bread of the Presence in the Temple itself when they were hungry.  When 5,000 men, and women and children, were listening Him preaching, He would give them bread overflowing in bounty. And they were in the desolate places when the Lord fed them, nevertheless, we are told, “Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.” When the Lord is, there is life and salvation.  And on His last evening, the sacred evening, He would take the Passover bread and give thanks, break it and state, This is My Body.  The Lord gives Himself to us the Bread of the Presence. Why was Jesus not able to find time to eat?  Jesus was so engaged in feeding His people the Bread of Life, every Word proceeding from the mouth of God, He fasted for His people.

Jesus’ own family thought he was out of his mind! We are told in  John 7:  For not even his (Jesus’) brothers believed in him.  Maybe some of our own family members may not think we are exactly crazy, but a little dotty, eccentric. How can they believe that stuff?  Yet the Lord will have a family as we see in this lesson.  And His own brothers, his family, would come around.  When the 11 apostles were gathered in Jerusalem, after the Lord’s Ascension, and Luke lists them each by name, Acts 1,  he reports: “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”  In fact, one of Jesus’s brothers, James would be leader in the Church in Jerusalem. He was a witness of the Resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15: 7.  The point being is the Lord’s family came around. Jesus was not the one who was crazy.   The Lord prays for our family members as we do, and in the Lord, they can come around and come back. 

The more serious spin was from the scribes:  Jesus is possessed by the master of the demons, Satan.  So when the Lord asks the question How can Satan cast out Satan, He is referring to an impossibility on the devil’s part, rebutting the Scribe’s accusation.  Jesus brilliantly argues this cannot be, in three parallel conditional statements from general truth to specific truth. 

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 

If a kingdom, nation is divided against itself, it won’t stand.  Satan would not do that to himself by casting out himself!

25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 

From a whole nation to one house, a house divided would not stand, Satan would not do that to himself.  He’s too smart in his own conceits to do that!  Men, not so much, as Abraham Lincoln correctly observed citing this Scripture in his 1858, A House Divided speech,  before the Civil War.       

26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 

            Kingdom to house to the one who thinks he runs the show: if Satan has risen up against himself, he cannot stand but the end is at hand. He possesses but does not love those whom he stole But Satan’s end, his utter curtailment won’t be done by himself, he won’t commit suicide. No, Satan’s binding,  happens from the outside  in, actually a break-in:

27 But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house.”

Who is the strong man?  Satan.  Who has entered into the strong man’s house, nation, kingdom and rule which is in the world and of the world?  Jesus is He, Sabaoth Lord!  He is not full of the unclean spirit, but the Holy Spirit, Mark 1 in His Baptism. The meme above illustrates this verse:  risen from the dead, bearing the marks of the Cross, the Lord rescues His own from the depths of sin, death and the power of the devil, “trampling down death by death, and bestowing life on those in the tombs”(Orthodox Paschal hymn).  The Lord recovers what was under Satan’s control, His goods.  He casts out the demonic.  His disciples were authorized by the Lord to do the same.  He has come to reclaim his goods, recover them all, redeem and reconcile, we are the Lord’s goods. He has redeemed us by His blood poured out, received by faith by His grace.   Rejecting the Lord and His mercy for us all, saying He has an unclean spirit is the sin against the Holy Spirit as the Lord does not lie but speaks truth. Such in in danger of eternal damnation.   

28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man

It is easy to gloss over these words but what good news! We are the children of man, of Adam and Eve who bought the lie they could be God on their own,

and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then one cuts himself from the Lord’s forgiveness, His Word.  Yet even one who so blasphemes can be reached:  see St. Paul.

This verse stands in stark contrast with the second scene and it concentrates on one word which is not directly translated:  kuklos, circle. Here in Christ is life and the life is the light of men.  Pentecost’s color is green for growing in faith and love.  

Many are gathered around Jesus in a kuklos. Now it is sad that God’s Word can be so perverted by the children of man:  see the serpent, and the Adam and Eve. Even a word like “kuklos”has been perverted. Someone, or by time, separated the “ku” from the “Klos” which became “Ku Klux”  and added another ‘K’: clan. The Ku Klux Klan: the clan of the circle.   What’s in the center of that circle? Racism is perversion even using Scripture to support it. Remember the devil quotes the Bible too.  Like many circles of false teaching and their false teachers, the color is green but painted green, or help us painted it green by your money:  a cheat which will leads to eternal damnation by their perversions.

Here the crowd is gathered around Jesus, encircling Him, the Lord of life,  not to stone Him but listen to His Word and learn.  A disciple is literally a listener and a learner. As the folks sat around Jesus, He said of them, “For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.” Just what were the folks DOING? Nothing but listening to Jesus teach. When many were leaving Jesus, He asked the 12, Will you go as well?  Peter faithfully confessed:

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”

In Luke’s Gospel, when Jesus visited Mary and Martha:

And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

They were all had an ear as one being taught (see Isaiah 50:4). 

In today’s Gospel, the crowd was sitting about the Lord in a circle.  His own family and the scribes were outside the circle. The Lord is the Hub of this circle, this wheel and He encircles us with His love and we are His spokes.  When the spokes cracked or broken, He forgives and heals and strengthens us in our weakness. I am the vine you are the branches without Me you can do nothing.  He encircles us with His commandments and mercy, His Word to protect us.  Adam and Eve bought the lie that they were the hub. He calls us to be more than spokes:  His brother and mother and sister! Here Jesus puts women in His Church, not to Holy Ministry, but even better, equal to all.  The old Adam is centrifugal, fleeing the center.  With Christ, we are centripetal, seeking Him and His rule day by day, moving or tending to move toward the center

The first time I flew to the West Coast to visit a fellow pastor and old friend in San Francisco, I was amazed looking at the desert below and all of a sudden in the middle of the desert there were perfect circles of Irrigation Circlesgreen for a large section of the desert.  This is done by irrigation and specifically “pivot irrigation”. At the center is where the water is piped into an arm pivoting around, green grass, vegetation.  Life in death. Every circle of a congregation with the Lord in the center is alike those green circles and the arm coming from the center is the Lord’s arm of His Word and Sacraments by which the Lord feeds and gives us to drink of Himself.   

The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  John 4. 

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.  John 6.  

We are glad to so avail ourselves of the Word He gives this morning, a soul renewing flood,  and so avail yourself of His Word day by day in prayer and thanksgiving. Man says blood is thicker than water, that is our family, but in the Lord, water is thicker than blood in our Baptism into His family.

Cast afar this world’s vain pleasure
And boldly strive for heavenly treasure.
Be steadfast in the Savior’s might.
Trust the Lord, who stands beside you,
For Jesus from all harm will hide you.
By faith you conquer in the fight.
Take courage, weary soul! 
Look forward to the goal! Joy awaits you.
The race well run, Your long war won,
Your crown shines splendid as the sun.

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

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*From Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis:

 “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to…”

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Nicene Council

About the Ecumenical Council of Nicaea, AD 325:  The first Council of Nicaea was convened in the early summer of AD 325 by Roman Emperor Constantine at what is today Iznik,Turkey. The emperor presided at the opening of the council. The council ruled against the Arians, who taught that Jesus was not the eternal Son of God but was created by the Father and was called Son of God because of His righteousness. The chief opponents of the Arians were Alexander, bishop of Alexandria, and his deacon, Athanasius. The council confessed the eternal divinity of Jesus and adopted the earliest version of the Nicene Creed, which in its entirety was adopted at the Council of Constantinople in AD 381.

“We are waging a war of religion.  Not a civil war between adherents of the same religions, but a life and death struggle between Christian and pagan.”  So wrote Dorothy L.Sayers in 1940 in England, in her essay, “Creed or Chaos?”  There is a life and death struggle between Christian and pagan, but I think it is also a civil war in the Church.  While we were sleeping, the enemy came in and sowed the tares. The devil will not attack the pagans, especially those who were Christian, as they have sold out.  He attacks the true Church.  When we believe teachings that only man can conceive, we are going off the Way. So many denominations no longer care to keep the Commandment:  “You shall not commit adultery.”  Divorce on demand, abortion on demand, multiple marriages or no marriage at all, transgenderism…Pandora’s box is open.  To put it bluntly:  the civil war seems to be over our genitals, and thinking with our genitals is not the province of men alone. Yet this is the symptom, not the necessarily the cause.

 In the Bible, idolatry precedes immorality and immorality is not only in marriage but also in the marketplace.  It was and is the idolatry of not believing God’s Word, the Bible.  The wholesale battle against the Bible began over a hundred years ago with modern Biblical scholarship in Germany. Our word, “fundamentalism” was coined because a group of evangelical pastors and scholars, in the 1920s, wrote a series of pamphlets critical of this new scholarship entitled, “The Fundamentals”. Then stalwart Lutheran Seminaries in the 40s and 50s began to teach the denial of Mosaic authorship, Jonah…resulting eventually in the  denial of the Atonement in our day and time.  I attended several years ago a conference entitled, “Flights from the Atonement” because so many denominations denied the blood atonement, it was (and is) necessary to have such conferences.   This eventually spawned neo-feminism and their lust for “Mother Goddess” religions: in other words idolatry to justify immorality. 

In A.D. 325, it was also a  conflict  between Christians.   man sitting on a branch sawingCreed or chaos?  If the confessors at Nicaea had not remained “steadfast in the Word”, the faith of the Church would have disappeared, but the Lord held fast with Athanasius and others. Christianity would have become a pagan religion, which many branches of the Church are becoming in our day  because they have lopped off their branches by denying the utter veracity of the Bible, Old and New Testaments.

The Lord made us to believe and without the Lord, we believe in the darnedest things, like “deeds not creeds”.  But how can our deeds be informed and conformed without true teaching? Doesn’t a child need to be taught how to do something, according to sound principles before engaging in a deed?   Anyone for that matter!   Can you imagine a doctor not being taught correctly the doctrines, that is the correct teachings of his profession to make correct diagnoses?  Can you imagine the chaos?  Look at what has happened after denomination after denomination  denied the Law of God in matters of marriage and sexuality?  Yes, chaos.  Or that our deeds supersede the saving doctrine of Christ’s atonement?  How can our deeds make us right before the Lord?  When we put ourselves and our works front and center, people do not hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ once and for all. Churches mete out advice but do not proclaim the Atonement. The result is the “nice” bromides  of a Joel Osteen who does not preach the blood of Christ for sinners. There is today a whole sale denial of death.

The result is the doctrinal chaos of our day and note that atheism is on the rise and many congregations have become self-sanctified and self-satisfied social welfare centers, not of faith and mercy in the Lord.

In St. Mark 3: 32 and 34, it is reported that the crowd sat around Jesus in a circle.  Jesus is at the center which means so His Father and the  Holy Spirit.  Without this Hub, the wheel won’t move and it will collapse. When other doctrines are at the center, we will go the wrong way, and then the inordinate desires of the flesh are at the center. The center is formed by the Lord and His Creeds, and the crowds, hearing His Word, then are praying His Word, teaching and preaching and eating and drinking His Word and washed in His Word. We are baptized, secured by the Lord to eat His Body and drink the Cup of the New Testament in His Blood, taught His saving doctrine, every Word of the Bible day by day.

Many see  doctrine as simply fussy and nit-picking.  In a Bible study in the liberal Lutheran church a man said to the conservative pastor,  Oh, you are such a nit-picker. Later his wife told him that Ann, sitting next to her, whispered: But nit-picking helps (!).  I am thankful for all those faithful nitpickers like Athanasius!

The Church knew that in the challenge of Arianism (and all heresies) something is at stake:  the very basis of the Gospel and the authority of the Scriptures. This is why the blessed Reformers, as well,  took their stand on the Word of God (See Resource below:  The Scriptural Basis of the Nicene Creed).  At stake was (and always is) forgiveness of sinners received by faith in Jesus Christ:  the sinless One in the sinners’ stead ( 2 Corinthians 5:21).  In Jesus Christ, we are reconciled to God(2 Corinthians 5:18-20) and the way the Lord accomplished this once and for all  was by sending His Son in the flesh, “very God from very God”, the only-begotten Son of God (1 John 4:9, KJV).  This is the sound doctrine of which the Apostle wrote to Timothy and Titus.  Doctrine is life, eternal life.   If the bishops and pastors had not convened and took a stand against false teaching, we would be lost but the Lord will not let us be lost, but found, and so we praise Him for His faithful Church and the Confessors of the ecumenical Council of Nicaea.  Let us  pray:

Lord God, heavenly Father, at the first ecumenical Council of Nicaea, Your Church boldly confessed that it believed in one Lord Jesus Christ as being of one substance with the Father. Grant us courage to confess this saving faith with Your Church through all the ages; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Resource:  The Scriptural Basis of the Nicene Creed:

The Father

I Believe
Rom. 10:9Jas 2:19John 14:1

In one God,
Deut. 6:4Is. 44:6

The Father
Is. 63:162 Pet 1:17Matt. 6:9

Almighty,
Gen. 17:1Ps. 91:1Rev. 4:8

Maker
Job 4:1735:10Is. 17:754:5

of heaven
Gen 1:18

and earth
Ps. 104:5Jer. 51:15

and of all things
Gen 1:31

visible and invisible.
Ps. 89:11-12Amos 4:13Rev. 3:5Col. 1:16

 

The Son

And in one Lord
Eph. 4:5

Jesus Christ,
Acts 10:3611:17Rom. 1:75:11 Cor 1:26:112 Cor. 1:28:9
Gal. 1:36:14Eph. 1:23:11Phil. 1:23:20Col. 1:32:61 Thes. 1:15:9,
2 Thes. 1:12:141 Tim. 6:3142 Tim. 1:2Philemon 1:325Heb. 13:20,
Jas. 1:12:11 Pet. 1:33:152 Pet. 1:814Jude 1721Rev. 22:20-21

the only-begotton,
John 1:18

Son of God,
Matt 3:17John 3:16

Begotten of His Father,
Heb. 1:5

Before all worlds,

John 1:1Col. 1:171 John 1:1

begotten,
John 1:1Heb. 1:5

Not Made,
Mic. 5:2John 1:1817:5

Being of one substance with the Father,
John 10:3014:9

By whom all things were made;
1 Cor. 8:6Col 1:16

Who for us men
Matt 20:28John 10:10

and for our salvation
Matt 1:21Luke 19:10

came down from heaven
Rom. 10:6Eph. 4:10

and was incarnate
Col. 2:9

by the Holy Spirit
Matt 1:18

of the Virgin Mary
Luke 1:34-35

and was made man;
John 1:14

and was crucified
Matt. 20:19John 19:18Rom. 5:682 Cor. 13:4

also for us
Rom. 5:82 Cor. 5:15

under Pontius Pilate.
Matt. 27:2261 Tim 6:13

He suffered
1 Pet. 2:21Heb. 2:10

and was buried.
Mark 15:461 Cor. 15:4

And the third day
Matt. 27:6328:11 Cor. 15:4

He rose again
Mark 16:62 Tim. 2:8

according to the Scriptures
Ps. 16:10Luke 24:25-271 Cor. 15:4

and ascended
Luke 24:51Acts 1:9

Into heaven
Mark 16:19Acts 1:11

and sits at the right hand of the Father.
Ps. 110:1Matt. 26:64Acts 7:56Heb. 1:3

And He will come again
Jn. 14:31 Thes. 4:16

with glory
Matt. 16:2724:3025:3126:64Mark. 8:38Col. 3:4

to judge
Matt. 25:31-46Acts 17:31

both the living and the dead,
Acts 10:421 Pet. 4:5

whose kingdom
John 18:362 Tim. 4:118

will have no end.
Luke 1:33Rev. 11:15Ps. 145:13

The Holy Spirit

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
Matt. 28:19Acts 13:2

The Lord
2 Cor. 3:17

And giver of life,
John 6:63Rom. 7:68:22 Cor. 3:6

who proceeds from the father

John 14:16-17

and the Son,
John 15:26Rom. 8:9Gal. 4:6

Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped
Luke 4:8John 4:24

and glorified
John 4:241 Tim. 1:17

Who spoke by the prophets.
1 Pet. 1:10-112 Pet 1:21

And I believe in one
1 Cor. 10:16-1712:12-13

Holy
Eph. 3:16-175:271 Pet. 2:9

Catholic
1 Cor. 1:2

and Apostolic
Eph. 2:20Rev. 21:14

Church,
Acts 20:28Eph. 1:22-23Col. 1:24Heb. 12:231 Pet. 2:9

I acknowledge one Baptism
John 3:5Rom. 6:3Eph. 4:5

For the remission of sins,

Acts 2:381 Pet. 3:21Tit. 3:5

And I look for the resurrection of the dead

1 Thes. 4:161 Cor. 15:12-131652

And the life of the world to come.
1 Cor 15:54-57Rev. 22:5

Amen.
Ps. 41:132 Cor. 1:20

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