Justification by Faith Working Through Love

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Justification by Faith Working Through Love

 

Magesterial Quotes
Catechism of the Catholic Church
161 Believing in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him for our salvation is necessary for obtaining that salvation. (see note 42) “Since “without faith it is impossible to please [God]” and to attain to the fellowship of his sons, therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will anyone obtain eternal life ‘But he who endures to the end.'” (see note 43)Read More
Note#168 LG 63; cf. 1 Cor 7:34-35.Read More
God takes the initiative of universal redeeming loveRead More
638 “We bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this day he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus.” (see note 489) The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross:Read More
I. THE HISTORICAL AND TRANSCENDENT EVENTRead More
641 Mary Magdalene and the holy women who came to finish anointing the body of Jesus, which had been buried in haste because the Sabbath began on the evening of Good Friday, were the first to encounter the Risen One. (see note 498) Thus the women were the first messengers of Christ’s Resurrection for the apostles themselves. (see note 499) They were the next to whom Jesus appears: first Peter, then the Twelve. Peter had been called to strengthen the faith of his brothers, (see note 500) and so sees the Risen One before them; it is on the basis of his testimony that the community exclaims: “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” (see note 501)Read More
Note#507 LG 59.Read More
Note#519 LG 68; Cf. 2 Pet 3 10.Read More
1250 Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called. (see note 50) The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth. (see note 51)Read More
IV. INTERIOR PENANCERead More
Note#21 Cf. Mt 5:17-19.Read More
Note#22 Cf. Mt 15:18-19.Read More
Note#23 Cf. Mt 5:44,48.Read More
Note#24 Cf. Mt 6:1-6; 16-18.Read More
Note#25 Cf. Mt 6:9-13; Lk 11:2-4.Read More
Note#26 Cf. Mt 7:13-14,21-27.Read More
Note#27 Mt 7:12; cf. Lk 6:31.Read More
Note#29 Rom 12:9-13.Read More
Catechism of the Catholic Church – PART 3 SECTION 1 CHAPTER 3 ARTICLE 2Read More
1991 Justification is at the same time the acceptance of God’s righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ. Righteousness (or “justice”) here means the rectitude of divine love. With justification, faith, hope, and charity are poured into our hearts, and obedience to the divine will is granted us.Read More
2000 Sanctifying grace is an habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love. Habitual grace, the permanent disposition to live and act in keeping with God’s call, is distinguished from actual graces which refer to God’s interventions, whether at the beginning of conversion or in the course of the work of sanctification.Read More
2001 The preparation of man for the reception of grace is already a work of grace. This latter is needed to arouse and sustain our collaboration in justification through faith, and in sanctification through charity. God brings to completion in us what he has begun, “since he who completes his work by cooperating with our will began by working so that we might will it:” (see note 50) Indeed we also work, but we are only collaborating with God who works, for his mercy has gone before us. It has gone before us so that we may be healed, and follows us so that once healed, we may be given life; it goes before us so that we may be called, and follows us so that we may be glorified; it goes before us so that we may live devoutly, and follows us so that we may always live with God: for without him we can do nothing. (see note 51)Read More
2002 God’s free initiative demands man’s free response, for God has created man in his image by conferring on him, along with freedom, the power to know him and love him. The soul only enters freely into the communion of love. God immediately touches and directly moves the heart of man. He has placed in man a longing for truth and goodness that only he can satisfy. The promises of “eternal life” respond, beyond all hope, to this desire: If at the end of your very good works . . ., you rested on the seventh day, it was to foretell by the voice of your book that at the end of our works, which are indeed “very good” since you have given them to us, we shall also rest in you on the sabbath of eternal life. (see note 52)Read More
2224 The home is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies.Read More

 

Supporting Bible Passages
Tobit Chapter 4
21: Do not be afraid, my son, because we have become poor. You have great wealth if you fear God and refrain from every sin and do what is pleasing in his sight.”Read More
Sirach Chapter 16
12: As great as his mercy, so great is also his reproof; he judges a man according to his deeds. 13: The sinner will not escape with his plunder, and the patience of the godly will not be frustrated. 14: He will make room for every act of mercy; every one will receive in accordance with his deeds.Read More
Ezekiel Chapter 18
26: When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die for it; for the iniquity which he has committed he shall die. 27: Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is lawful and right, he shall save his life. 28: Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 29: Yet the house of Israel says, `The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 30: “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.Read More
Ezekiel Chapter 33
13: Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and commits iniquity, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered; but in the iniquity that he has committed he shall die. 14: Again, though I say to the wicked, `You shall surely die,’ yet if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right,Read More
Matthew Chapter 5
19: Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20: For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Read More
Matthew Chapter 6
1: “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2: “Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3: But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4: so that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.Read More
Matthew Chapter 7
21: “Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22: On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23: And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’Read More
Matthew Chapter 9
20: And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment;Read More
Matthew Chapter 10
22: and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.Read More
Matthew Chapter 12
36: I tell you, on the day of judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter;Read More
Matthew Chapter 18
32: Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; 33: and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34: And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay all his debt. 35: So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”Read More
Matthew Chapter 19
16: And behold, one came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” 17: And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18: He said to him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19: Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20: The young man said to him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” 21: Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”Read More
Matthew Chapter 25
31: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32: Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33: and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. 34: Then the King will say to those at his right hand, `Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35: for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36: I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37: Then the righteous will answer him, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? 38: And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? 39: And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ 40: And the King will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ 41: Then he will say to those at his left hand, `Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42: for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43: I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44: Then they also will answer, `Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ 45: Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ 46: And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”Read More
Mark Chapter 8
34: And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.Read More
Mark Chapter 14
38: Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Read More
Luke Chapter 8
13: And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.Read More
Luke Chapter 10
25: And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26: He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read?” 27: And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28: And he said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.”Read More
Luke Chapter 13
6: And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7: And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?’ 8: And he answered him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. 9: And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”Read More
Luke Chapter 18
9: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: 10: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12: I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13: But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14: I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”Read More
John Chapter 3
5: Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.Read More
19: And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20: For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21: But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.Read More
John Chapter 5
29: and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.Read More
Acts Chapter 10
34: And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, 35: but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.Read More
Romans Chapter 1
4: and designated Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5: through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6: including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;Read More
Romans Chapter 2
5: But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6: For he will render to every man according to his works: 7: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; 8: but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury. 9: There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10: but glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11: For God shows no partiality.Read More
13: For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.Read More
Romans Chapter 3
24: they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,Read More
25: whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins;Read More
28: For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law.Read More
Romans Chapter 5
2: Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.Read More
Romans Chapter 6
16: Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?Read More
16: Do you not know that if you yield yourselves to any one as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?Read More
23: For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Read More
Romans Chapter 7
6: But now we are discharged from the law, dead to that which held us captive, so that we serve not under the old written code but in the new life of the Spirit.Read More
Romans Chapter 8
13: for if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.Read More
24: For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25: But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.Read More
Romans Chapter 11
22: Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off.Read More
Romans Chapter 16
26: but is now disclosed and through the prophetic writings is made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith —Read More
1 Corinthians Chapter 1
18: For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.Read More
1 Corinthians Chapter 4
4: I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5: Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then every man will receive his commendation from God.Read More
4: I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5: Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then every man will receive his commendation from God.Read More
1 Corinthians Chapter 9
27: but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.Read More
1 Corinthians Chapter 10
12: Therefore let any one who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.Read More
1 Corinthians Chapter 13
2: And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3: If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.Read More
2 Corinthians Chapter 3
3: and you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.Read More
2 Corinthians Chapter 5
10: For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body.Read More
2 Corinthians Chapter 9
6: The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.Read More
10: He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness.Read More
Galatians Chapter 2
17: But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not!Read More
Galatians Chapter 5
4: You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5: For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness.Read More
5: For through the Spirit, by faith, we wait for the hope of righteousness.Read More
6: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.Read More
Galatians Chapter 6
6: Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches. 7: Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8: For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9: And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart. 10: So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.Read More
Ephesians Chapter 5
4: Let there be no filthiness, nor silly talk, nor levity, which are not fitting; but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5: Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure man, or one who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6: Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7: Therefore do not associate with them,Read More
Philippians Chapter 2
12: Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;Read More
Colossians Chapter 1
24: Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,Read More
2 Timothy Chapter 2
11: The saying is sure: If we have died with him, we shall also live with him; 12: if we endure, we shall also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;Read More
Hebrews Chapter 6
4: For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5: and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6: if they then commit apostasy, since they crucify the Son of God on their own account and hold him up to contempt. 7: For land which has drunk the rain that often falls upon it, and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8: But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed; its end is to be burned.Read More
Hebrews Chapter 10
26: For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27: but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries. 28: A man who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy at the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29: How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by the man who has spurned the Son of God, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace?Read More
James Chapter 1
4: And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.Read More
22: But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23: For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; 24: for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25: But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.Read More
James Chapter 2
14: What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? 15: If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, 16: and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? 17: So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. 18: But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 19: You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe — and shudder. 20: Do you want to be shown, you shallow man, that faith apart from works is barren? 21: Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar? 22: You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by works, 23: and the scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness”; and he was called the friend of God. 24: You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25: And in the same way was not also Rahab the harlot justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26: For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.Read More
2 Peter Chapter 1
5: For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, 6: and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7: and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 8: For if these things are yours and abound, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9: For whoever lacks these things is blind and shortsighted and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10: Therefore, brethren, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; 11: so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Read More
2 Peter Chapter 2
20: For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 21: For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them.Read More
1 John Chapter 3
7: Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous.Read More
10: By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother.Read More
21: Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22: and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23: And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24: All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us.Read More
1 John Chapter 5
2: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.Read More
Revelation Chapter 21
7: He who conquers shall have this heritage, and I will be his God and he shall be my son. 8: But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the polluted, as for murderers, fornicators, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their lot shall be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”Read More

 

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