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Faith Alone
James 2:24, 26

The only place in the bible that it says "faith alone" is James 2:24, 26 . . . "See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone."

With His grace, we must follow His command- ments for it is by faith working in love that we are saved.

Also see:                   Matt 7:21, 19:16-17   John 14:15, 14:21       Romans 2:2-8        Galatians 5:6    Phillipians 2:12                1Corinthians 13:2



Bible Reflection

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1Cor 11:25 ~ Do This in memory of me.

. . . the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, 'This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.  In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me."

The Jerusalem Bible

John 6:35-71 ~ Do This in Memory of Me

John 6:51 I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.

John 6:53  . . . I tell you most solemnly, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood, you will not have life in you.

John 6:54  Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day.

John 6:55  For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.

John 6:56  He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I in him.

Jesus is speaking liturally. The best way to get a literal point across is to repeat it differently.

Jesus confirms what he means 5 times and speaks in the present tense.

All 4 gospels confirm that this is real food - the real presence of Jesus:

                                           Matthew 26:26-28

                                           Mark 14:22-24

                                           Luke 22:15-20

                                           John 6:51-56

The Jewish people believed that the Passover they celebrated was a mystical re-presentation of the 1st Passover of their ancestors.

John 6:66 After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him.

If Jesus had NOT been speaking literally, wouldn't He have stopped them . . . come back guys, I didn't mean it literally.

Matthew 16:19 ~ The Keys of the Kingdom
Douay-Rheims Bible

And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven

Cross references

Jesus is quoting Isaiah Isaiah 22:22 where Eliakim fills the empty seat of the royal house of David.  Eliakim is given the keys of the house of David & he shall open and none shall shut AND he shall shut and none shall open.  Note the symbols of a dynastic authority:  office . . . robe . . .throne . . . royal keys of the house of David.


Isaiah 22:22 ~ I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

John 21:17 Peter is given Christ's flock as chief shepherd.

Mark 16:7  An angel is sent to announce the Resurrection to Peter.

Luke 24:34 Risen Jesus appeared 1st to Peter.

Acts 1:13-26 Peter headed meeting which elected Matthias.

Acts 2:14 Peter led the apostles preaching on Pentecost.

Acts 3:6-7 Peter performed 1st miracle after Pentecost.

Acts 1:5-11 Peter inflicted the 1st punishment.

Acts 8:21 He excommunicated the 1st heretic.

Acts 10:44-46 Peter received revelation to admit Gentiles into church.

Acts 15:7 He led the 1st council in Jerusalem.

Acts 15:19 Peter pronounces 1st dogmatic decision.

Gal 1:18 After his conversion, Paul visits the chief Apostle.

Peter is mentioned 195 times; more than all the other apostles.

Peter's name always heads the list of apostles.

Peter spoke for the apostles: Mt 18:21; Mk 8:29; Lk 8:45 & 12:41; Jn 6:69

The Lord always had people in charge/speaking for him:  Adam, Noah, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Moses, Abraham, Jacobs, Joseph, etc.

When we don't have a leader, for ANY group of people, isn't there chaos?