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Confirmation Sunday: Teaching, Training and Transition 6/26/11
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Question: If you knew you only had a short time to live, what would you tell your children, your loved ones? You and I would tell only of the most important matters of life. Paul is writing (the last letter that he ever wrote ) to Timothy, a young man who was converted through Paul's ministry. He is concerned about the Gospel being handed off to Timothy intact so that it may continue to bring salvation through Christ to multitudes. Let us read the first 7 verses of 2Timothy

KJV 2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


On this Confirmation Sunday, as we hear the testimonies of our beloved young people and as we reflect on our individual confirmations, let us consider what lessons we could receive from the relationship that Apostle Paul and his young co-worker enjoyed together. Let us go through the text briefly, keeping in mind the young people we have before us and our experiences of our learning of Christ.

Paul's authority
KJV 2 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

His love for his son/greetings
2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

His prayers/ longing/sympathy/appreciation for his son
3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

What important things did Paul share with his son before he began to address his main concern: The guarding, teaching and preaching of the Gospel?. Like some of his other letters, he affirmed Timothy before he began to recall and recount as to how Timothy had gotten to where he was now in his Christian faith. He points out four things.

The first was his parental upbringing: Biographies never begin with individual themselves, but with parents and grandparents as well for they bring/have brought to bear the greatest influence on who we are today.

KJV 2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.


The second influence on Timothy was his spiritual friendship.
After our parents, it is our friends who influence us most. One of our confirmands shared that she was reminded of the importance of Christian friends while being at CCamp. Through Paul's ministry, Timothy had been led to Christ, and Paul did not desert, forget, or abandon him. Paul constantly remembered him. Three times in our text we see the bond of friendship between Paul and Timothy.

ESV 2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.

ESV 2 Timothy 1:4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy.

ESV 2 Timothy 1:5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.

The third influence in Timothy's life was a special gift of grace.
KJV 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

1 Cor 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. (for the common good)

KJV Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

"Then the second part to me is relating to when Jesus died for us and saved us all but those who believe are saved eternally." (This is the testimony of one of the confirmands of this year)This is the ultimate gift of grace, but here Paul is probably referring to the call of Timothy into the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


The fourth influence on Timothy was personal discipline
KJV 2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir (rekindle, stir into flame) up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
KJV 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,(word for dynamite) and of love, and of a sound mind.(sound judgment self control)


Misty, Katie, Caleb, Darren, Thomas, and Josh: You are God's chosen through Jesus Christ, you believe it and therefore you are partakers of salvation through Jesus's efforts.
You have been created by Him for His purposes and have had the blessings of a Christian home and Christian friends. You have also been uniquely gifted by Christ according to his grace and for His purposes, so that glory would be brought to Him and salvation to lost souls.

You may not have as of yet fully realized your special calling of the Lord, but in time you will. In the meantime, continue to stir into flames that which you are in Jesus Christ. You are a member of His body, therefore that which He has given you have been and will continue to be used to strengthen, protect, nourish and enhance His body the Church. All gifts, talents that are given to you are for the purpose of bringing glory to God by being used to bring people to a saving relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.


All the rest of us: As we reflect on the days of our confirmation, the time when we stood before the altar of the Lord and made profession of our faith as well as voiced our commitment to follow Him, let us be reminded that we have been purchased by Christ because He loved us and gave Himself for us. That is Gospel. That is a done deal. The Gospel is God's act toward us.

How has it gone for us since those days? God has not changed His mind, He has not moved away from us, He has not revoked His promises to us. God has always been for us, is for us today and will always be for us during time. Do we believe God?

A wife asked her husband why he does not sit by her anymore in the car. He responded to her as she sat on the far right side of the seat in their car. "I have not moved."

I remember an account that was told me by a fellow believer whose relationship with Jesus had grown cold. He shared that as he was listening to a preacher speak of how Apostle Peter was following Jesus from afar during the time of the hearing before Jesus' crucifixion, his heart was touched as he saw himself in Peter "following the Lord from a far." He turned in repentance and his relationship with Jesus was restored and renewed. He then was able to return to a place of leadership and influence.


We must stir up the gift that is within us so that we may not only live in the Gospel, but so that we may also teach and preach the Gospel. We that are further along the way in our walk with Christ need to recognize the Timothy's among us, such as these young as well as other young in our congregation. May we follow the example of Paul so that the Timothy's among us will be loved, appreciated, prayed for, sympathized with, challenged, equipped and supported. It is important that we began this training, teaching and transition process earlier rather than later.


At His Table of Holy Communion, He waits for us to approach, believing His words and promises that are connected to what He has accomplished, It is His obedience unto death that made Holy Communion meaningful and binding. It has power in and of itself, When we believe it then we are participants and partakers in His Body, the Body of Christ.

We gave Him our sin and He gave us forgiveness. Dear young people, believe that message today. Believe that because of what Jesus accomplished on your behalf, your sins, faults and offences are forgiven because of His name and because He shed His blood for you! Come joyfully unto His throne of grace and forgiveness, believing and trusting in Him.

May God bless you.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala



Posted on 26 Jun 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Trinity Sunday June 19, 2011

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

2.Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

3.Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee,
perfect in power, in love and purity.

4.Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty,
God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

Reginald Heber wrote "Holy, Holy, Holy" while serving as vicar of Hodnet, Shropshire, England. He was the first to compile a hymnal ordering hymns around the church calendar. Wanting to celebrate a triune God, Heber wrote "Holy, Holy, Holy" for Trinity Sunday--a day that reaffirmed the doctrine of the Trinity and was observed eight Sundays after Easter. The hymn was first published in 1826.

Heber was impressed by the holiness of God. Whether in England, with the prevalence of vice, or in Calcutta, where people worshiped idols, he would often write "Only Thou art holy." Based on the words of Revelation 4:8, he used the symbolism of three repeatedly throughout his hymn: God is "holy, merciful and mighty," he's "perfect in power, in love and purity," he's worshiped by saints, cherubim, and seraphim, and he's praised "in earth and sky and sea."

A young child heard a grown up say, "holy cow" and told the grownup, "Only God is Holy!"

Through these consistent units of three, this hymn describes and worships God in three persons.

Many consider the Hymn "Holy Holy Holy" to be a paraphrase of Isaiah 6:1-7.

KJV Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Trinity Sunday, is one of the few feasts of the Christian Year that celebrates a reality and doctrine rather than an event or person. On Trinity Sunday we remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. .

It is a Sunday to reflect with joy and thanks in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is remembered as Christianity’s creator, the Son as its savior, and the Holy Spirit as its comforter.

The Trinity is one of the most fascinating and controversial Christian dogmas. The Trinity is a mystery. By mystery the Church does not mean a riddle, but rather the Trinity is a reality above our human comprehension that we may begin to grasp, but ultimately must know through worship, symbol, and faith. It has been said that mystery is not a wall to run up against, but an ocean in which to swim.

Essentially the Trinity is the belief that God is one in essence, but distinct in person. Don’t let the word “person” fool you. The Greek word for person means “that which stands on its own,” or “individual reality,” and does not mean the persons of the Trinity are three human persons. Therefore we believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are somehow distinct from one another (not divided though), yet completely united in will and essence.

How can this be? Well, think of the sight of two eyes. The eyes are distinct, yet one and undivided in their sight. Another illustration to explain the Trinity is the musical chord. Think of a C-chord. The C, E, and G notes are all distinct notes, but joined together as one chord the sound is richer and more dynamic than had the notes been played individually. The chords are all equally important in producing the rich sound, and the sound is lacking and thin if one of the notes is left out.

I have included the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed texts at the end of this writing along with a brief history of when and why they were written. One or the other is read on Trinity Sunday in many churches throughout the world.

Now let us consider our text for this Trinity Sunday.
After the death and resurrection of Jesus, as the disciples traveled to the place that they had been told that they would meet Jesus, both by the angel and by Jesus Himself, one cannot help but wonder what was going through their minds.


Matthew 28:5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

Matthew 28:16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach (make disciples, followers) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching (Instructing, teaching) them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Jesus said four things to them.

1. All power/authority is given unto Him in heaven and in earth.

2. Go make disciples/followers/learners of Him of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

3. Teach (Instruct, instill doctrine) them to observe (keep, obey, guard) all things whatsoever He has commanded

4. He will be with them/us even unto the end of the age.


Matthew 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

When Jesus drew from the OT, He usually said "It is written," and in the NT when He spoke as one having authority, He did not say, The Lord hath said, but rather, He said, Truly, Truly, I say unto you. He did not speak on His own authority though, but that which the Father told Him to speak, both from the OT Scriptures as well as the direct revelation from His Father. (John 12:49) The Scribes spoke upon the basis of the OT Scriptures and their interpretations of the rabbis only, having no authority of themselves.

KJV Matthew 9:1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.
2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.
3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.
4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?
5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?
6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
7 And he arose, and departed to his house.
8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Jesus had the power to forgive sins, as is demonstrated in the above account from Matthew.

Joh 12:44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Jesus has the power of judgment, but one that is received upon one's self as a result of one rejecting His grace and truth. He came a light into the world, revealing to all His salvation through the Word that He spoke, and the rejection of His Word will cause one to enter into eternal condemnation.

Continuing with the text, we again take a look at the four emphasis' that Jesus made...

1. All power/authority is given unto Him in heaven and in earth.

2. Go make disciples/followers/learners of Him of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

3. Teach (Instruct, instill doctrine) them to observe (keep, obey, guard) all things whatsoever He has commanded

4. He will be with them/us even unto the end of the age.

Looking at the rest of the points that Jesus made, it is easy to understand as to why this text is included for this Sunday as it points out that the making of and the baptizing of disciples is to be done in the name of the Triune God. In light of this, it is noteworthy to realize that the reading of the Nicene and the Athanasian Creeds is done on this Sunday for a very important reason, for within them is defined the relationship between the three persons who are of the same substance, but yet have distinctive properties. In this verse in John's Gospel, one can see the three functions. The Son came to reveal the Father, the Spirit is sent to reveal the Son.

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

This portion is commonly known as the Great Commission which was given by Jesus to the disciples, but which applies to the Christian church of all time. This, of course, was spoken by Jesus before His ascension and before Pentecost, the latter being the day when the Holy Spirit came in His power to the people gathered in the place where Jesus told them to gather and to wait. It is in and with His authority that we carry out this Great Commission, desiring to make followers of Jesus by uniting them to Christ through baptism. Apostle Paul writes of the finished work of Jesus in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 in which he lays out that which we are to tell people: (verse 20) "Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." Christ has removed the judgment against the world, and we are called to broadcast this Good News to them, imploring them to be reconciled to God through repentance and faith. (Acts 20:21)

We see the importance of reading and understanding the Scriptures as they are written so that the disciples that are made would be taught the Word of God and not the traditions of the church, of the elders, or of our own interpretations. May we teach that which Jesus has commanded. May we be students of His Word, being careful to teach the whole counsel of God in accordance with His Word, through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.

He assures us of His Presence with us to the end of the age, to end of the world. For from before the creation of the Word, God has been for us, He is with us and He is in us today. He is not against us, as the three fold enemy tries to convince us. The world, the devil and our own flesh continuely try to trick us into believing that God is against us. Let us tell him to get out of our minds, our hearts and our lives!!! Note what God says concerning His Presence:

1 Peter 1:20 Who (Jesus) verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

KJV Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, (Jesus) and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

KJV John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, (Holy Spirit) that he may abide with you for ever;

KJV John 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Jesus had told the disciple in the Upper Room Discourse (John chapters 13-17) that He would not leave them as orphans, but that He would come to them and that He would permanently abide with them. There are many things in Scripture that are hard to understand, and especially when it comes to our understanding of what is real. Is there a God, did Jesus really live here? Is the Bible true? Did He rise from the dead? Where is He today? Apostle Paul tells us this in Galatians 2:20 ' I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

Christ died and when He died, we died with Him. When Christ arose, we arose with Him. Christ now lives in us by faith.

KJV Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.



As Pastor Raymond Hilman said at Confirmation Camp: "Because God said it, I believe it and that settles it."

May we be found to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ in all things. May He enlighten the eyes of our heart to comprehend, understand and live in that which God says.



The Nicene Creed

About the Creed
The Nicene Creed was first adopted by church leaders in 325 at the First Council of Nicaea. Later that century, at the Council of Constantinople (381) some minor changes were made and it was again reaffirmed at the Council of Chalcedon (451). This ecumenical creed is the most widely accepted creed in the Christian faith and it is an essential part of the doctrine and liturgy of Lutheran churches. Historically it has been used at Holy Communion on Sundays and major feasts.



The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,* who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

* Or, "who proceeds from the Father." The phrase "and the Son" is a later addition to the creed.


The Athanasian Creed
About the Creed


This creed takes its name from Athanasius, the great theologian of the fourth century who defended Trinitarian teaching. However, the creed’s origin is uncertain, and many scholars believe that it comes from the fifth or sixth centuries because of its Western character.

The Athanasian Creed expresses two essential elements of Christian teaching: that God's Son and the Holy Spirit are of one being with the Father; and that Jesus Christ is true God and a true human being in one person. Traditionally it is considered the "Trinitarian Creed." In many congregations it is read aloud in corporate worship on Trinity Sunday, the Sunday after Pentecost.


Athanasian Creed

Whoever wants to be saved should above all cling to the catholic faith.

Whoever does not guard it whole and inviolable will doubtless perish eternally.

Now this is the catholic faith: We worship one God in trinity and the Trinity in unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the divine being.

For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Spirit is still another.

But the deity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one, equal in glory, coeternal in majesty.

What the Father is, the Son is, and so is the Holy Spirit.

Uncreated is the Father; uncreated is the Son; uncreated is the Spirit.

The Father is infinite; the Son is infinite; the Holy Spirit is infinite.

Eternal is the Father; eternal is the Son; eternal is the Spirit: And yet there are not three eternal beings, but one who is eternal; as there are not three uncreated and unlimited beings, but one who is uncreated and unlimited.

Almighty is the Father; almighty is the Son; almighty is the Spirit: And
yet there are not three almighty beings, but one who is almighty.

Thus the Father is God; the Son is God; the Holy Spirit is God: And yet there are not three gods, but one God.

Thus the Father is Lord; the Son is Lord; the Holy Spirit is Lord: And yet there are not three lords, but one Lord.

As Christian truth compels us to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so catholic religion forbids us to say that there are three gods or lords.

The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten; the Son was neither made nor created, but was alone begotten of the Father; the Spirit was neither made nor created, but is proceeding from the Father and the Son.

Thus there is one Father, not three fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three spirits.

And in this Trinity, no one is before or after, greater or less than the other; but all three persons are in themselves, coeternal and coequal; and so we must worship the Trinity in unity and the one God in three persons.

Whoever wants to be saved should think thus about the Trinity.

It is necessary for eternal salvation that one also faithfully believe that our Lord Jesus Christ became flesh.

For this is the true faith that we believe and confess: That our Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, is both God and man.

He is God, begotten before all worlds from the being of the Father, and he is man, born in the world from the being of his mother -- existing fully as God, and fully as man with a rational soul and a human body; equal to the Father in divinity, subordinate to the Father in humanity.

Although he is God and man, he is not divided, but is one Christ.

He is united because God has taken humanity into himself; he does not transform deity into humanity.

He is completely one in the unity of his person, without confusing his natures.

For as the rational soul and body are one person, so the one Christ is God and man.

He suffered death for our salvation. He descended into hell and rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

At his coming all people shall rise bodily to give an account of their own deeds.

Those who have done good will enter eternal life, those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith.

One cannot be saved without believing this firmly and faithfully.
Posted on 19 Jun 2011 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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Carol Fischer and her family as they grieve the loss of Bob
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