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Scriptural References on Important Topics


I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever
you declare bound on earth, shall be bound in heaven; whatever you
declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’’ (Mt. 16:19. cf.
Mt.18:15-18; 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15-20; Lk. 10:16; 24:45-49; Jn. 17:12-19;
Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:27-31; Gal. 1:1-2, 9-12; 1 Tim. 3:14-15)


‘‘Go and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them ‘in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’ Teach
them to carry out all that I have commanded you.’’ (Mt. 28:19-20.
See Mk. 16:15-16; Jn. 1:31, 3:5; Acts 2:41; 8:36-38; 9:18-19; 10:47-48;
16:33 (note: infant baptism); 1 Cor. 1:15-16; Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 4:5;
5:25-27; Tit. 3-5; Heb. 10:22; 1 Peter 3:21).


‘‘At the sight of the Lord the disciples rejoiced. ‘‘Peace be with
you,’’ he said again. ‘‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’’
Then he breathed on them and said. ‘‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If
you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound,
they are held bound.’’ (Jn. 20:20-23. See Mt. 3:6; 9:2,8; 12:31;
16:19; 18:18; Lk. 15:21-24; 2. Cor. 5:18-19 Jas. 5:16; 1 Jn. 1:9;
Prv. 28:13).


‘‘How can a man be born again once he is old?’’ retorted Nicodemus.
‘‘Can he return to his mother’s womb and be born over again?’’ Jesus
replied: ‘‘I solemnly assure you, no one can enter into God’s kingdom
without being begotten of water and the Spirit.’’ (John 3:4; see
Lk. 24:49; Jn. 1:33; 3:7; 7:37-39; 20:22; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 8:15-17;
15:7-9; 19:6; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30).

(Eucharist, Lord’s Supper)

‘‘Take this and eat it’’, he said, ‘‘this is my body.’’ Then he took
the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them. ‘‘All of you must drink
from it,’’ he said, ‘‘for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant,
to be poured out in behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.’’
(Mt. 26:26-28; cf. Mk. 14:22-24; Lk.22:19-20; Jn. 6:26-68; Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 11:23-29; Heb. 9:23-24; 10:19-25; Gen. 14:18; Psalm 110:4; Malachi 1:10-11).


‘‘...they went off, preaching the need of repentance. They expelled
many demons, anointed the sick with oil, and worked many cures.’’
(Mk 6:12-13; see James 5:14-15).


‘‘But to avoid immorality, every man should have his own wife and
every woman her own husband...A wife does not belong to herself, but
to her husband; equally, a husband does not belong to himself, but
to his wife.’’ (1 Cor. 7:2,4; see Mt. 19:7-9; Mk. 10:2-12; Lk. 16:18;
Jn. 2:1-11; Rom. 7:2-3; Eph. 5:22-32).

(Holy Orders)

‘‘They presented these men to the Apostles, who first prayed over
them and then imposed hands on them.’’ (Acts 6:6; see Acts 13:3;
14:22-23; 20:28; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6; Titus 1:5; Heb. 5:1).


‘‘Then God said: ‘Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.’’
(Gen. 1:26; see other O.T. foreshadowing of Trinity, cf. Gn. 3:22;
11:7; 18:1-5, 9-10, 16, 22, 33). ‘‘ the name ‘of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit’’ (Mt. 28:19; cf. Mt. 3:16-17;
Lk. 1:35; 3:21-22; Jn. 1:1-3; 1:32-34; 14:8-10; 14:16-17; Acts
1:6-8; Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:10-11; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Pet.
1:2; 1 Jn. 5:6-7; Jude 20-21).


"The king will say to those on his right: 'Come. You have my Father’s
blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of
the world." Mt. 25:34; see Mt. 13:43; 18:10; Mk. 10:29; Jn. 5:24-26;
6:58-59; 17:24; 1 Cor. 2:9; 13:9-12; 1 Jn.3:2; Rev. 22:2-5).


‘‘If your eye is your downfall, tear it out! Better for you to enter
the kingdom of God with one eye than to be thrown with both eyes into
Gehenna, where the ‘worm dies not and the fire is never extinguished.'"
(Mk.9:47-48; see Mt.3:10-12; 8:11-12; 10:27-28; 12:32-33; 16:26; 22:14;
25:32-33; 25:41-46; Mk.3:29; 9:42-48; Lk.3:9-17; 16:22-31; Jn.3:36;
8:21-24; 8:34-35; 2 Thes. 1:7-9; Rev. 14:10-11. For those claiming
'hell is a symbol for death, or the grave', "Without parables He
did not speak to them, but to His own disciples He explained everything
in private." Mk. 4:34. The apostles are never told hell is symbolic.).


‘‘That day will make its appearance with fire, and fire will test
the quality of each man’s work....He himself will be saved, but only
as one fleeing through fire.’’ (1 Cor. 3:13-15; see 2 Mac. 12:42,
43b-45; Mt. 5:25-26; 12:32-36; Lk. 12:58-59; 1 Pet. 3:18-20; Rev.
(Apoc.) 21:27).


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