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Christ removes all barriers to catholicity of His church through faith

JeffLogan's picture

Thinking about Christ and how He breaks down all barriers and spoils all principalities and powers which prevent true universality, true catholicity, of His body, the church...

Has anyone ever considered that a living faith is not achieved by adding our works to our faith but rather, that faith is a gift from God which being quickened by the Holy Spirit produces obedience (good works)? (The keyword here is "quickened". It would serve you well to consult your Strong's Concordance.)

Think about this verse and tell me what it means:

    And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. -Acts 5:32 (KJV)

But first, before you answer, tell me what this means to demonstrate your wisdom:

    "Love means never having to say you're sorry." (Love Story, The movie.)

Does it mean...

    1) Love does nothing to warrant an apology

    2) Love takes no account of injury

    3) Other (explain)

Now answer the verse in question:

    And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. -Acts 5:32 (KJV)

Does it mean...

    1) God only gives His Holy Spirit to those who obey Him

    2) God gives His Holy Spirit to men so they might obey Him

    3) Other (explain)

This is a discovery exercise and not a theological debate. Opinions are welcomed but scriptural support would be even better. Be sure to interpret your scriptures so we can understand how you are using them. Commentaries may be insightful but a paraphrase in your own words would be appreciated and would demonstrate you understand your subject matter.

Noshic's picture

Day of worship

Do Catholics and Protestants both believe in 'no work', when they speak of 'observing' the day of worship (whether sunday or saturday)? As doctors, we frequently do work on sundays - is it in violation of the Lord's day?
I figured that as Jesus speaks of our righteousness having to exceed that of the pharisees, and explains how the commandments should be followed in spirit and not just legalistically; Also His own actions on the Sabbath, probably meant that rather than leaving aside just one day for worship, we should have the attitude of worship and service at all times, and remember the laws of God written on our hearts.
I always understood that assigning a day of worship was basically of practical importance as in attending church, worshipping together with other believers etc.
Boy, I'm in trouble if I've got it all wrong on that one!
Do we need another thread on that or can this be covered under 'removing barriers' in your opening statement?