1.) THE ISRAELITES BROKE THE OLD COVENANT, SO GOD OFFERED A NEW COVENANT, THE EVERLASTING COVENANT
•[Jeremiah 31:31-32] “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and with the people of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD.
•[Ezekiel 16:60] Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish unto you an everlasting covenant
2.) GOD PROMISED THAT HE WILL SEND A MESSENGER TO BRING THE NEW COVENANT
•[Psalm 89:28] “My loving kindness I will keep for him forever, And My covenant shall be confirmed to him.
•[Malachi 3:1] And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts
3.) LORD JESUS BROUGHT THE NEW COVENANT TO EARTH
•[Luke 22:20] In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
4.) LORD JESUS FOUNDED HIS CHURCH ON PETER (SIMON) AND APPOINTED HIM AS THE HEAD OF HIS CHURCH ON EARTH. JESUS GAVE PETER THE KEYS (AUTHORITY) WHO TO ADMIT IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
•[Matthew 16:18-19] “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
“. . . and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it . . .” what are these gates of hades that cannot overcome the Church founded by Jesus? These are the bogus religions that if you enter them, you will end up in hell. This word of Jesus assures that his Church cannot be corrupted or defeated by Satanic forces, contrary to the accusation of the bogus churches. God also said He won’t change His word and mind. Therefore, to accuse the Catholic Church to be corrupted is to accuse God of being a liar. And also, this word of Jesus proves true since the Catholic Church has been the dominant religion until now.
“. . . Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Jesus passed the keys (authority) of his Heavenly kingdom to his Earthly kingdom which is the Catholic Church. This means that the salvation of all people is in the hands of the Catholic church.
•[John 21:15-17] When they had finished eating, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “You know I love You.” Jesus replied, “Feed My lambs. Jesus asked a second time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” “Yes, Lord,” he answered, “You know I love You.” Jesus told him, “Shepherd My sheep.” Jesus asked a third time, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was deeply hurt that Jesus had asked him a third time, “Do you love Me?” “Lord, You know all things,” he replied. “You know I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep”.
•[Luke 22:32] But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers
COMMENT: The above verses John 21:15-17 & Luke 22:32 are proofs that Peter (the head of the Catholic Church) was the one apointed by Jesus to head His Church on Earth.
5.) PETER APPOINTED IGNATIUS AS OVERSEER OR BISHOP OF ANTIOCH. IGNATIUS WAS ALSO ONE OF THE DISCIPLES OF JOHN THE BELOVED ALONG WITH HIS FRIEND (POLYCARP)
•[Saint Ignatius, WIKIPEDIA] “. . . Ignatius converted to Christianity at a young age. Tradition identifies Ignatius, along with his friend Polycarp, as disciples of John the Apostle. Later in his life, Ignatius was chosen to serve as Bishop of Antioch; the fourth-century Church historian Eusebius writes that Ignatius succeeded Evodius. Theodoret of Cyrrhus claimed that St. Peter himself left directions that Ignatius be appointed to the episcopal see of Antioch. . . ”
•[Saint Ignatius, NEW ADVENT] “. . . It is also believed, and with great probability, that, with his friend Polycarp, he was among the auditors of the Apostle St. John. If we include St. Peter, Ignatius was the third Bishop of Antioch and the immediate successor of Evodius (Eusebius, Church History II.3.22). Theodoret (“Dial. Immutab.”, I, iv, 33a, Paris, 1642) is the authority for the statement that St. Peter appointed Ignatius to the See of Antioch. . . ”
6.) SAINT IGNATIUS CALLED THE EARLY CHRISTIAN CHURCH AS “CATHOLIC CHURCH”
•[Roman Catholic Church, NEW WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA] “. . . The adjective “Catholic” began to be used in reference to the Christian church by Ignatius of Antioch (second century). “Roman” was added to “Catholic” by many Christians as a result of two serious breaches of collegiality among the Christian Churches. The first breach was in the eleventh century between Eastern (Orthodox) Christianity centered in Constantinople and Western Christianity centered in Rome. The second in the sixteenth century among Western Christians – Protestant, mainly Northern Europe, and Catholic, Southern Europe. . . .”
•[Catholic Church, WIKIPEDIA] “. . . Catholic (from Greek: καθολικός, romanized: katholikos, lit. ‘universal’) was first used to describe the church in the early 2nd century. The first known use of the phrase “the catholic church” (καθολικὴ ἐκκλησία he katholike ekklesia) occurred in the letter written about 110 AD from Saint Ignatius of Antioch to the Smyrnaeans. In the Catechetical Lectures (c. 350) of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, the name “Catholic Church” was used to distinguish it from other groups that also called themselves “the church. . .”
7.) THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS THE ORIGINAL OR OLDEST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
•[Roman Catholicism, BRITANNICA] “. . .The Roman Catholic Church traces its history to Jesus Christ and the Apostles. Over the course of centuries it developed a highly sophisticated theology and an elaborate organizational structure headed by the papacy, the oldest continuing absolute monarchy in the world. . .”
•[Roman Catholic Church, NEW WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA] “. . . As the oldest branch of Christianity, the history of the Catholic Church plays an integral part of the History of Christianity as a whole. Over time, schisms have disrupted the unity of Christianity. The major divisions occurred in 318 C.E. with Arianism, in 1054 with the East-West Schism with the Eastern Orthodox Church and in 1517 with the Protestant Reformation. . . “
⇒To those who left the Catholic Church, you are no longer part of God’s Church or Kingdom
[1 John 2:19] This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
⇒To those who enter the Kingdom other than its gate are thieves and robbers
[John 10:1] “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber.
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