GOD WILLS EVERYONE TO BE SAVED AND TO COME TO KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH. 1 Timothy 2:4.
Jesus, however, reveals that his passion, death on the cross and his resurrection will be useless to the majority of men and women.
1)-EASTER IS THE GREATEST FEAST OF THE YEAR. WE CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST FROM THE DEAD WITH GREAT JOY.
Our lord Jesus conquered death, the world and satan. however, Jesus himself reveals that his sufferings, his crucifixion and death on the cross will be completely useless to the majority of men.
May we read Jesus in his own words in Matthew 7:13:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Thus, Jesus himself assures us the majority of men and women will be condemned to hell.
2)-THE REASON WHY THE MAJORITY OF MEN WILL BE DAMNED SEEMS SIMPLE.
The whole of divine revelation teaches men are going to hell because they “believed in vain.”
Saint Paul insists constantly on the absolute necessity not to accept any false interpretations of the message of Jesus.
May we read Saint Paul in his own words in 1 Corinthians 15:1-2:
“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”
We already studied to believe in vain means to accept as truthful a false belief.
3)-SAINT PAUL REVEALS THERE IS ONLY ONE MESSAGE OF SALVATION.
In his letter to the Galatians, Paul rebukes his Christians who committed a fatal doctrinal error when they abandoned his teachings to accept false teachings of impostors.
May we read saint Paul in his own words in Galatians 1:1-9:
“No other gospelI am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under god’s curse! as we have already said, so now I say again: if anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!”
4)-EACH PERSON HAS THE OBLIGATION TO INVESTIGATE ITS OWN BELIEFS TO AVOID BELIEVING IN VAIN.
We have already studied it is possible to believe in vain. to believe is simple. when i believe, I ask the person whom I believe to guide my life. I become a follower of the person who teaches me.
Thus, before I commit my life to someone who teaches me, I must prove the veracity of the teachings I receive. First of all, I must verify if my preacher belongs to the successor of saint peter. If my preacher belongs to the apostolic succession, he guides me into the truth. If he does not belong to the church founded by Jesus on the apostles and the Apostolic Succession, the preacher guides me away from salvation. Thus, his teachings are false.
5)-THE PERSON TO WHOM JESUS ENTRUSTED THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
Jesus chose saint Peter and only to him he entrusted the keys of the kingdom of heaven. I must follow this person chosen by Jesus to guide me in the path of salvation.
May we read Jesus in his own words in Matthew 16:16-19:
“ Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
In this revelation, Jesus entrusted each one of us to a special leader chosen by himself. To this leader in the faith, he entrusted the keys of heaven.
6)-SAINT PETER IS OUR FIRST LEADER IN THE FAITH.
This revelation to saint peter is the most important in my life as a pilgrim of eternity.
Jesus identifies this leader to whom he entrusted each one of us in the path to heaven.
May we meditate the words of Jesus to Peter, our first Pope:
“Blessed are you, Simon bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my father who is in heaven. …I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,”
7)-JESUS CLARIFIES FOR US THE SUCCESSORS TO SAINT PETER.
Jesus knows well saint peter will die. Jesus wanted to help us understand his will concerning the divine power he entrusted to Peter. Jesus reveals the person entrusted with the keys of heaven must be a pilgrim like all of us pilgrims to the eternal life.
8)-JESUS CLARIFIES THE VOCATION OF THE MAN ENTRUSTED WITH THE KEYS OF HEAVEN.
This person with the power of the keys must juge our problems with the faith on earth. He must guide our beliefs as we battle our way to heaven.
9)-JESUS KNOWS THE MANY PROBLEMS OF FAITH WILL SURGE IN HIS CHURCH.
Martin Luther, with his fatal erroneous doctrine “no priests,” has and continues to throw millions and millions of souls out of the priestly means of salvation. Presently there are more than 36,000 preachers separated from the successor of saint Peter. Such preachers do not accept the will of Jesus to follow the man entrusted with the keys of heaven.
10)-SAINT PETER, FROM HIS THRONE IN HEAVEN, CANNOT GUIDE US AWAY FROM FALSE BELIEFS.
Jesus specified his role to bind or to loose “on earth.” therefore, to loose or to bind pilgrims in their problems of false creencias, the man with the power of the keys must be on earth, he must be a pilgrim of eternity like all of us.
May we read Jesus in his own words.
“AND WHATEVER YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN, AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN.”
Jesus in this revelation, ordered successors to the man entrusted with the keys of heaven. Peter’s successors must continue to fulfill the sacred duty to uphold the teachings of Jesus until the end of the world.
11)-WHEN SAINT PETER IS CRUCIFIED, THE CHURCH DID NOT CHOOSE SAINT JOHN FOR HIS SUCCESSOR.
When saint peter died crucified on a cross, the church did not choose the apostle john to succeed saint peter. Saint john was still living then.
12)-SAINT LINUS (66-78) WAS ELECTED OUR SECOND POPE.
Saint Irenaeus of Lyons in year 180 a.d., and also Hegesippus year 160, and attested by Eusebius year 260-340, affirmed saint Linus was entrusted with the office of the apostles peter and Paul in Rome as the first successor of saint peter. Thus, he was named the first successor of saint peter.
This Linus appears in saint Paul’s second letter to bishop timothy 2timoteo 4:21.
13)-EASTER CELEBRATES THE GUIDE TO WHOM JESUS ENTRUSTED HIS FOLLOWERS TO GUIDE US IN OUR PILGRIMAGE TO ETERNAL LIFE.
Jesus did not abandon us as prey to self proclaimed preachers, imposters who did not belong to the apostolic succession in the church.
14)-JESUS, CELEBRATING HIS RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD, GIVES US HIS MANDATE.
To avoid believing in vain, each person is to follow the man chosen by Jesus himself to hold the divine power of the keys of heaven on earth. Jesus wanted to entrust each one of us to the guide he himself appointed to guide us down through centuries until the end of the world.
15)-BEFORE HE MET WITH JESUS, PETER’S NAME WAS “SIMON BAR JONAH.”
Jesus changed his name to “Peter.” Simon bar Jonah died crucified. However, Peter lives in the church in his successors. Let us follow Peter in his successors.
In this feast of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus from the dead, I wish to all my students around the world a celebration of their faithfulness to the Man with the keys of heaven on earth. The professor.