23.9.08

"Mary is our Powerful Intercessor".

My fellow Knight, Carlos, is writing a book specifically directed as a means for demonstrating the differences in the Catholic Bible, and those used by Mormons and Jehovah witnesses.

His book The Bible Path "A Practical Guide to Know the Biblical Foundations of the Catholic Faith" is still being written. Below is Carlos' article "Mary is our Powerful Intercessor".

1 Timothy 2, 1-15; John 2, 1-12; 2 Corinthians 5, 17-21; Hebrews 5, 1-7; John 2, 1-12; Revelation 12, 1-5; Psalm 2, 6-9; Acts 13, 30-33

The Bible is a great gift that God has given for our instruction. We are made spiritually rich if we read this book and meditate in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit that inspired so many holy men to write for our benefit. The Bible always tells the truth, however, many readers of the Bible misinterpret its message and misuse it by isolating some piece of scripture to support their personal points of view. Such conduct offends the Holy Spirit, who wants Scripture to be useful to teach and form the Christian soul, never to confuse it and lead it astray.

In this chapter we are going to discuss the misuse of one verse, 1 Timothy 2, 15: "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." The apostle Paul wrote this verse to show the uniqueness of the mediation of Jesus and the capital importance of his sacrifice that rescued all mankind from eternal death and damnation. Here is the entire chapter of 1 Timothy.

We shall read it first to have some idea of the context:

1 Timothy 2, 1-15 — First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; also that women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire but by good deeds, as befits women who profess religion. Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.

In reading the whole chapter we see the apostle is writing about different types of intercession. He begins by recommending believers to intercede for all men, especially for those in high positions, such as kings and others that govern the people. The object of this intercession is that all men may know the truth. Right after that, the apostle affirms the uniqueness of God and the perfect mediation of Jesus. This is not a disconnected thought. St. Paul is not changing the subject. In ancient times, the offices of kings, emperors, consuls and the like, were both political and religious. In the ancient Roman Empire where St. Paul lived, the emperor was considered both a god and an intercessor between the gods and the people of the empire. In this passage, St. Paul is also reminding us of the truth. Jesus said "I am the truth, the way and the life" (John 14, 6). St. Paul is not talking only of the truth as a concept, he is also pointing at the fact that Jesus himself is the personification of truth. He knew very well how Jesus had been presented to Pontius Pilate before being condemned to death. He also knew that Pilate had asked Jesus: "What is the truth?" (John 18, 38). In that passage of the Gospels, the religious leaders bring Jesus to the Roman prefect. There Jesus declares to be a king of a heavenly kingdom who has come to this world to declare the truth and to intercede for his people (John 18, 28-40).


The rest of this article may be found here...

Thank you Carlos.
Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

1 comment:

Cletus said...

Dear Brother Knight,

Thank you for promoting my work. I am only two chapters away from finishing the section about Our Blessed Mother. I hope and pray she blesses this small contribution of mine. I do nothing but condense and organize other people's wisdom under each subtitle.

Once I am done and the book obtains ecclesiastical approval, I will make it available so that every family can have one copy handy, as an aid to respond to the outrageous doctrines of the sectarians who knock at the door