THE NATURE OF GOOD WORKS.

The Nature of Good Works.

John 14:10   “10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? What I say to you I do not speak of my own accord: it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his works.

Acts 26:20 “20 On the contrary I started preaching, first to the people of Damascus, then to those of Jerusalem and all Judaean territory, and also to the gentiles, urging them to repent and turn to God, proving their change of heart by their deeds.”

1 John 2:3-4  “3 In this way we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

4 Whoever says, ‘I know him’ without keeping his commandments, is a liar, and truth has no place in him.’”

Jesus says in Matt 7:22 “22 When the day comes many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?
23 Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, all evil doers!”

The point Jesus is making here is that someone who is cut off from Him by doing evil is not going to be helped if they “prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?” Someone who is cut off from God by the evil he does is incapable of doing something truly good and pleasing to God, because his heart has turned away from God. Therefore “driving out demons”, “prophesying”, “working miracles” are not good deeds for him in the first place, because he is an unrepentant sinner.
That tells us a few things. Those who prophecy in Jesus’ name do not necessarily go to heaven. Those who drive out demons in Jesus’ name do not necessarily go to heaven, those who work out miracles in Jesus’ name do not necessarily go to heaven. That is if they do evil. Paul lists a few of these evils, adultery, slander, sodomy, etc, those who practice these things Paul tells us, will not enter the kingdom of heaven. (1 Cor 6:9-10 “9* Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, * 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.” Some Christians do evil deeds, or fail to do good deeds, which is also evil. Matt 25:41-43, 46 “Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.42 For I was hungry and you never gave me food, I was thirsty and you never gave me anything to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you never made me welcome, lacking clothes and you never clothed me, sick and in prison and you never visited me.”

“46* And they will go away into eternal punishment,”

Paul tells us that we are saved by faith working through love. Gal 5:6 “6* For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working through love.” Good works are prompted by love. They are not things that we do in our own strength, but God works through us to enable us to do the good works. We are his “co-workers” (1 Cor 3:9 “ 9* For we are God’s co-workers; * you are God’s field, God’s building.”

He has prepared good works for us if we co-operate with His grace. It is impossible for anyone to do a good work pleasing to God if God is not working through that person, otherwise it is done out of duty or philanthropy, but not out of love.
Paul tells us that we can have faith even to move mountains, but that if we have no love, we have nothing. Love is the engine of good works, without love they are empty dead shells. God’s grace, which you respond to, gives you your faith. God’s grace, which you respond to, produces good works. In neither case are you doing something in your own strength.

Phil 2:13 “13 It is God who, for his own generous purpose, puts into you both the will and the action.”
That is what is meant by good works, doing the works that God has prepared for you, through His grace, not in your own strength.

Luke 11:41 “41 Instead, give alms from what you have and, look, everything will be clean for you.

2 Peter 1:4-7 “4 Through these, the greatest and priceless promises have been lavished on us, that through them you should share the divine nature and escape the corruption rife in the world through disordered passion. 5 With this in view, do your utmost to support your faith with goodness, goodness with understanding, 6 understanding with self-control, self-control with perseverance, perseverance with devotion, 7 devotion with kindness to the brothers, and kindness to the brothers with love.”

Eph 2:10  “10 We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus for the good works which God has already designated to make up our way of life.”

Rev 19:8  “8 His bride (the church) is ready, and she has been able to dress herself in dazzling white linen, because her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints.‘”

John 14:11  “11 You must believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe it on the evidence of these works.”

Col 1:24  “24 It makes me happy to be suffering for you now, and in my own body to make up all the hardships that still have to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church,”

Col 1:29  “29 And it is for this reason that I labour, striving with his energy which works in me mightily.”

John 3:1-2  “ … Nicodemus … said  ‘Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher; for no one could perform the signs that you do unless God were with him.’”

John 5:19  “Jesus replied: In all truth I tell you, by himself the Son can do nothing; he can do only what he sees the Father doing: and whatever the Father does the Son does too.”

John 5:30  “30 By myself I can do nothing;”

John 14:12    “12 In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself,”

John 14:14  “14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

John 15:5 “5 I am the vine, you are the branches.

John 15:16  “16 You did not choose me, no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name.”

John 15:2, 6  “2Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away….  6These branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt.”

John 15:6   “17 My command to you is to love one another.”

Prayer is a good work.

“Prayer (Gk. euchesthai, Lat. precari, Fr. prier, to plead, to beg, to ask earnestly), an act of the virtue of religion which consists in asking proper gifts or graces from God. In a more general sense it is the application of the mind to Divine things, not merely to acquire a knowledge of them but to make use of such knowledge as a means of union with God. This may be done by acts of praise and thanksgiving, but petition is the principal act of prayer. The words used to express it in Scripture are: to call upon (Gen.4:26); to intercede (Job. 22:10); to meditate (Is. 53:10); to consult (1 Kings. 28:6); to beseech (Ex.32:11); and, very commonly, to cry out to. The Fathers speak of it as the elevation of the mind to God with a view to asking proper things from Him (St. John Damascene, “De fide”, III, xxiv, in P.G., XCIV, 1090); communing and conversing with God (St. Gregory of Nyssa, “De oratione dom.”, in P.G., XLIV, 1125); talking with God (St. John Chrysostorn, “Horn. xxx in Gen.”, n. 5, in P.G., LIII, 280). It is therefore the expression of our desires to God whether for ourselves or others. This expression is not intended to instruct or direct God what to do, but to appeal to His goodness for the things we need; and the appeal is necessary, not because He is ignorant of our needs or sentiments, but to give definite form to our desires, to concentrate our whole attention on what we have to recommend to Him, to help us appreciate our close personal relation with Him. The expression need not be external or vocal; internal or mental is sufficient.

By prayer we acknowledge God’s power and goodness, our own neediness and dependence. It is therefore an act of the virtue of religion implying the deepest reverence for God and habituating us to look to Him for everything, not merely because the thing asked be good in itself, or advantageous to us, but chiefly because we wish it as a gift of God, and not otherwise, no matter how good or desirable it may seem to us. Prayer presupposes faith in God and hope in His goodness. By both, God, to whom we pray, moves us to prayer.” (Para. On prayer: Catholic Answers).

Repentance is a good work

Repentance is a good work. Good works are necessary for salvation. Salvation is not possible without repentance.

Acts 2:38 “38 And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

1 John1:8 “8 If we say, ‘We have no sin,‘ we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth has no place in us;”

Forgiveness is a good work

Matt 6:15 “15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”. Salvation is not possible if we are unforgiving.

Because David is forgiving and forgives Saul, God forgives David. If God had not forgiven David, Heaven would have been closed to him.

 

Council of Trent; Decree Concerning Justification.

CHAPTER VIII
HOW THE GRATUITOUS JUSTIFICATION OF THE SINNER BY FAITH IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD

But when the Apostle says that man is justified by faith and freely, (Rom 3:24 “24* they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus,” ; Romans 5:1 “1* Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we * have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”) these words are to be understood in that sense in which the uninterrupted unanimity of the Catholic Church has held and expressed them, namely, that we are therefore said to be justified by faith, because faith is the beginning of human salvation, the foundation and root of all justification, without which it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6  “6 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”) and to come to the fellowship of His sons; and we are therefore said to be justified gratuitously, because none of those things that precede justification, whether faith or works, merit the grace of justification.”  For, if by grace, it is not now by works, otherwise, as the Apostle says, grace is no more grace. (Rom 11:6 “6* But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.).”

Matt 28:19-20 “19* Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20* teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”

Which commandments? These are summed up in Matt 22:  “37* And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39* And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbour as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”

How do we love our neighbour? By good deeds.

1 John 4:20 “19* We love, because he first loved us. 20* If any one says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot * love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.”

James 2 on Faith and Good Deeds.

14 How does it help, my brothers, when someone who has never done a single good act claims to have faith? Will that faith bring salvation?

15 If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on,

16 and one of you says to them, ‘I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty,’ without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that?

17 In the same way faith, if good deeds do not go with it, is quite dead.

Once.

18 But someone may say: So you have faith and I have good deeds? Show me this faith of yours without deeds, then! It is by my deeds that I will show you my faith.

Twice.

19 You believe in the one God — that is creditable enough, but even the demons have the same belief, and they tremble with fear.

20 Fool! Would you not like to know that faith without deeds is useless?

Three times.

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by his deed, because he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

22 So you can see that his faith was working together with his deeds; his faith became perfect by what he did.

23 In this way the scripture was fulfilled: Abraham put his faith in God, and this was considered as making him upright; and he received the name ‘friend of God’.

Four times.

24 You see now that it is by deeds, and not only by faith alone, that someone is justified.

Five times.

25 There is another example of the same kind: Rahab the prostitute, was she not justified by her deeds because she welcomed the messengers and showed them a different way to leave?

Six times.

26 As a body without a spirit is dead, so is faith without deeds.

Seven times.

James repeats his teaching on Faith and Good deeds seven times in 13 verses.

Romans 2:6-7 “For God will render to every man according to his works: to those who by patience in well doing (good works) seek for glory and honour and immortality, he will give eternal life” – note “by patience in well doing….. he will give eternal life.” Eternal life.

1 Cor 13:13 “13 As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of these is love.”

Rev 3:15 “15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.”

Rev 20:12 “the dead were judged from what was written in the books, as their deeds deserved.”

 

 

Things that build up the Body of Christ.

Worshipping and praising God.

Prayer of praise, thanksgiving and petition.

Reading and meditation on the Word of God.

Proclaiming the Gospel.

Repentance.

Teaching the Word of God.

Love of neighbor.

Forgiving our neighbor.

Feeding the hungry.

Clothing the poor.

Visiting the sick and those in prison.

Reading and meditation on the lives of the saints.

 

…….

 

All of these are Good Works. The first effect of a good work is to increase the faith and charity of the one who practices it, as it flows from God’s grace. This in itself builds up the Body of Christ, as the good of one member of the Body of Christ results in the good of the whole Body of Christ, just as the hurt felt by one member of the Body of Christ results in the hurt of the whole Body of Christ.

1 Cor 12:12-27

“12 For as with the human body which is a unity although it has many parts — all the parts of the body, though many, still making up one single body — so it is with Christ.

13 We were baptised into one body in a single Spirit, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as free men, and we were all given the same Spirit to drink.

14 And indeed the body consists not of one member but of many.

15 If the foot were to say, ‘I am not a hand and so I do not belong to the body,’ it does not belong to the body any the less for that.

16 Or if the ear were to say, ‘I am not an eye, and so I do not belong to the body,’ that would not stop its belonging to the body.

17 If the whole body were just an eye, how would there be any hearing? If the whole body were hearing, how would there be any smelling?

18 As it is, God has put all the separate parts into the body as he chose.

19 If they were all the same part, how could it be a body?

20 As it is, the parts are many but the body is one.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ and nor can the head say to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’

22 What is more, it is precisely the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest which are the indispensable ones.

23 It is the parts of the body which we consider least dignified that we surround with the greatest dignity; and our less presentable parts are given greater presentability

24 which our presentable parts do not need. God has composed the body so that greater dignity is given to the parts which were without it,

25 and so that there may not be disagreements inside the body but each part may be equally concerned for all the others.

26 If one part is hurt, all the parts share its pain. And if one part is honoured, all the parts share its joy.

27 Now Christ’s body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole.”

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Malachi 3, Revelation 21/22 and Purgatory.

Malachi 3:3-24

3 He will take his seat as refiner and purifier; he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they can make the offering to Yahweh with uprightness.

4 The offering of Judah and Jerusalem will then be acceptable to Yahweh as in former days, as in the years of old.

 

5 I am coming to put you on trial and I shall be a ready witness against sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers, and against those who oppress the wage-earner, the widow and the orphan, and who rob the foreigner of his rights and do not respect me, says Yahweh Sabaoth.

6 ‘No; I, Yahweh, do not change; and you have not ceased to be children of Jacob!

 

7 Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have evaded my statutes and not observed them. Return to me and I will return to you, says Yahweh Sabaoth. You ask, “How are we to return?

 

8 Can a human being cheat God?” Yet you try to cheat me! You ask, “How do we try to cheat you?” Over tithes and contributions.

9 A curse lies on you because you, this whole nation, try to cheat me.

 

 

10 Bring the tithes in full to the treasury, so that there is food in my house; put me to the test now like this, says Yahweh Sabaoth, and see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you and pour out an abundant blessing for you.

 

11 For your sakes, I shall forbid the locust to destroy the produce of your soil or prevent the vine from bearing fruit in your field, says Yahweh Sabaoth,

 

12 and all the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delights, says Yahweh Sabaoth.

 

 

13 ‘You have said harsh things about me, says Yahweh. And yet you say, “What have we said against you?”

 

14 You have said, “It is useless to serve God; what is the good of keeping his commands or of walking mournfully before Yahweh Sabaoth?

 

15 In fact, we now call the proud the happy ones; the evil-doers are the ones who prosper; they put God to the test, yet come to no harm!” ‘

 

16 Then those who feared Yahweh talked to one another about this, and Yahweh took note and listened; and a book of remembrance was written in his presence recording those who feared him and kept his name in mind.

17 ‘On the day when I act, says Yahweh Sabaoth, they will be my most prized possession, and I shall spare them in the way a man spares the son who serves him.

18 Then once again you will see the difference between the upright person and the wicked one, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him.

19 ‘For look, the Day is coming, glowing like a furnace. All the proud and all the evil-doers will be the stubble, and the Day, when it comes, will set them ablaze, says Yahweh Sabaoth, leaving them neither root nor branch.

20 But for you who fear my name, the Sun of justice will rise with healing in his rays, and you will come out leaping like calves from the stall,

 

21 and trample on the wicked, who will be like ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act, says Yahweh Sabaoth.

22 ‘Remember the Law of my servant Moses to whom at Horeb I prescribed decrees and rulings for all Israel.

 

 

23 ‘Look, I shall send you the prophet Elijah before the great and awesome Day of Yahweh comes.

 

24 He will reconcile parents to their children and children to their parents, to forestall my putting the country under the curse of destruction.’

 

Revelation 21:27, 22:1-21.

Rev 21:27 Nothing unclean may come into it: no one who does what is loathsome or false, but only those who are listed in the Lamb’s book of life.

Rev 22:1-21.

1 Then the angel showed me the river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal-clear.

 

2 Down the middle of the city street, on either bank of the river were the trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the nations.

 

3 The curse of destruction will be abolished. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city; his servants will worship him,

 

4 they will see him face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.

 

 

5 And night will be abolished; they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever.

 

6 The angel said to me, ‘All that you have written is sure and will come true: the Lord God who inspires the prophets has sent his angel to reveal to his servants what is soon to take place.

 

7 I am coming soon!’ Blessed are those who keep the prophetic message of this book.

 

 

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I had heard and seen them all, I knelt at the feet of the angel who had shown them to me, to worship him;

 

9 but he said, ‘Do no such thing: I am your fellow-servant and the fellow-servant of your brothers the prophets and those who keep the message of this book. God alone you must worship.’

 

10 This, too, he said to me, ‘Do not keep the prophecies in this book a secret, because the Time is close.

 

11 Meanwhile let the sinner continue sinning, and the unclean continue to be unclean; let the upright continue in his uprightness, and those who are holy continue to be holy.

 

 

 

 

 

12 Look, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me, to repay everyone as their deeds deserve.

13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 Blessed are those who will have washed their robes clean, so that they will have the right to feed on the tree of life and can come through the gates into the city.

 

15 Others must stay outside: dogs, fortune-tellers, and the sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters, and everyone of false speech and false life.’

16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to attest these things to you for the sake of the churches. I am the sprig from the root of David and the bright star of the morning.

17 The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’ Let everyone who listens answer, ‘Come!’ Then let all who are thirsty come: all who want it may have the water of life, and have it free.

18 This is my solemn attestation to all who hear the prophecies in this book: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him every plague mentioned in the book;

19 if anyone cuts anything out of the prophecies in this book, God will cut off his share of the tree of life and of the holy city, which are described in the book.

 

 

 

20 The one who attests these things says: I am indeed coming soon. Amen; come, Lord Jesus.

 

21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.

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Verse 3:3 of Malachi, the 22nd last verse of the last book of the old testament makes a prophecy of Jesus as cleanser and purifier.

Verse 21:27 of Revelation, the 22nd last verse of the last book  of the new testament, says that nothing unclean may enter heaven.

Jesus cleanses and purifies us before we are fit for heaven. These verses both speak of purgatory.

After the 22nd last verse come the next 21 verses, in both books, 21 being comprised of the number 7, the number of completion, three times, three being the number of the Trinity. That is, we come to God in heaven, to the Trinity, after we have been fully cleansed of our sins by Jesus

There are some correspondences between the two sets of 21 verses as can be seen above, quite extraordinary bearing in mind that neither Malachi nor John had any idea their book would end up at the end of each testament, which was decided in church councils around 400 A.D., and that verses numbers were only added in the 16th century (chapter numbers in the 12th century).

Repetition of teaching in scripture. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 4-6, 7-13.

Repetition of teaching in scripture. (1-7, a-g, 1-7)

 

1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 4-6, 7-13.

1 Though I command  (1) human languages and (2) angelic languages — if I speak without love, I am no more than a gong booming or a cymbal clashing.

2 And though I have (3) the power of prophecy, to penetrate all mysteries and (4) knowledge, and though I have (5) all the faith necessary to move mountains — if I am without love, I am nothing.

3 Though I should (6) give away to the poor all that I possess, and even (7) give up my body to be burned — if I am without love, it will do me no good whatever.

 

4 Love is always (a) patient and (b) kind; love is (1) never jealous; love is (2) not boastful or conceited,

5 it is (3) never rude and (4) never seeks its own advantage, it (5) does not take offence or store up grievances.

6 Love (6) does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but (c) finds its joy in the truth.

 

7 It is (d) always ready to make allowances, to (e) trust, to (f) hope and to (g) endure whatever comes.

8 Love (7) never comes to an end. But if there are prophecies, they will be done away with; if tongues, they will fall silent; and if knowledge, it will be done away with.

9 For we know only imperfectly, and we prophesy imperfectly;

10 but once perfection comes, all imperfect things will be done away with.

11 When I was a child, I used to talk like a child, and see things as a child does, and think like a child; but now that I have become an adult, I have finished with all childish ways.

12 Now we see only reflections in a mirror, mere riddles, but then we shall be seeing face to face. Now I can know only imperfectly; but then I shall know just as fully as I am myself known.

13 As it is, these remain: faith, hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love.

Three, the number of the Trinity, times seven, the number of completion, teaching us that God is love.

Repetition in Ezekiel 3, 18 and 33.

REPETITION IN EZEKIEL 3, 18 and 33:  – 7 TIMES(x2). (1)-(7), and (a)-(g).

EZEKIEL 3.

16 And at the end of seven days, the word of the LORD came to me: 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you will have saved your life. (a)20 Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21  Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning; and you will have saved your life.”

 

EZEKIEL 18.

5 “If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right– 6 if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman in her time of impurity, 7 does not oppress any one, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry (Matt 25:35) and covers the naked with a garment (Matt 25:36), 8 does not lend at interest or take any increase, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice between man and man, 9 walks in my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances * —he is righteous, he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD. 10 “If he begets a son who is a robber, a shedder of blood, * 11 who does none of these duties, but eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife, 12 oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, 13 lends at interest, and takes increase; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominable things; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself. 14 “But if this man begets a son who sees all the sins which his father has done, and fears, and does not do likewise, 15 who does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, 16 does not wrong any one, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry (Matt 25:35)and covers the naked with a garment (Matt 25:36), 17 withholds his hand from iniquity, * takes no interest or increase, observes my ordinances, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live. 18 As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he shall die for his iniquity. 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is lawful and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. 20* The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. 21 (1)“But if a wicked man turns away from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done he shall live. 23*(2) Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 (b)But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity and does the same abominable things that the wicked man does, shall he live?  None of the righteous deeds which he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, he shall die. 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 (c)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 (3)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. * 31* Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32* For I have no pleasure in the death of any one, says the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.”

EZEKIEL 33.

7 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked man, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way; he shall die in his iniquity, but you will have saved your life. 10 “And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?’ 11* Say to them, (4)As I live, says the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel? 12 And you, son of man, (d)  say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses; (5)and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness; (e)and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness * when he sins. 13 (f)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 (6)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, 15 if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks in the statutes of life, committing no iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. 16 None of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him; he has done what is lawful and right, he shall surely live. 17 “Yet your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just’; when it is their own way that is not just. 18 (g)When the righteous turns from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, he shall die for it. 19 And (7)when the wicked turns from his wickedness, and does what is lawful and right, he shall live by it. 20 Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.

Repetition in John 6 and James 2

Jesus on the Eucharist in John 6.
Verse 48-50 “48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your fathers ate manna in the desert and they are dead;
50 but this is the bread which comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die.”
Once.
Verse 51: “51 I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.'”
Twice.
Verse 53: “53 Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”
Three times.
Verse 54: “54 Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day.”
Four times.
Verse 55-56: “55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person.”
Five times.
Verse 57: “57 As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me.”
Six times.
Verse 58: “58 This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.”
Seven times.
Jesus repeats His teaching on the Eucharist seven times in eleven verses.

Jesus’ teaching is rejected by the Jews in verse 6:66

“66 After this, many of his disciples went away and accompanied him no more.”

( Notice also John 6:9 “9 ‘Here is a small boy with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that among so many?’”

5 loaves and 2 fish makes the number 7, and Jesus repeats His teaching on the Eucharist 7 times. There is a link here. The miracle of the loaves, a physical miracle, is a type of the miracle of the Eucharist, a spiritual miracle. This indicates that we are not talking about a mere symbol here.

 

Mark on Jesus Correcting the Disciples’ Misunderstanding.

Mark 8:

14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread; and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.

15* And he cautioned them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” *

16 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “We have no bread.”

17* And being aware of it, Jesus said to them, “(1) Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? (2) Do you not yet perceive or understand? (3) Are your hearts hardened?

18 (4) Having eyes do you not see, (5) and having ears do you not hear? (6) And do you not remember?

19* When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”

20* “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.”

21 And he said to them, “(7) Do you not yet understand?”

Here Jesus references the miracles of the loaves and reprimands his disciples seven times on their lack of understanding, an allusion to the bread of life discourse is clear, and the 7 reproaches match his repeating his teaching in John 6 seven times.
James 2 on Faith and Good Deeds.

14 How does it help, my brothers, when someone who has never done a single good act claims to have faith? Will that faith bring salvation?

15 If one of the brothers or one of the sisters is in need of clothes and has not enough food to live on,

16 and one of you says to them, ‘I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty,’ without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that?

17 In the same way faith, if good deeds do not go with it, is quite dead.

Once.

18 But someone may say: So you have faith and I have good deeds? Show me this faith of yours without deeds, then! It is by my deeds that I will show you my faith.

Twice.

19 You believe in the one God — that is creditable enough, but even the demons have the same belief, and they tremble with fear.

20 Fool! Would you not like to know that faith without deeds is useless?

Three times.

21 Was not Abraham our father justified by his deed, because he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

22 So you can see that his faith was working together with his deeds; his faith became perfect by what he did.

23 In this way the scripture was fulfilled: Abraham put his faith in God, and this was considered as making him upright; and he received the name ‘friend of God’.

Four times.

24 You see now that it is by deeds, and not only by faith alone, that someone is justified.

Five times.

25 There is another example of the same kind: Rahab the prostitute, was she not justified by her deeds because she welcomed the messengers and showed them a different way to leave?

Six times.

26 As a body without a spirit is dead, so is faith without deeds.

Seven times.

James repeats his teaching on Faith and Good deeds seven times in 13 verses.

In verse 2:16, James gives the example of someone who rejects his teaching on Good Works:

“16 and one of you says to them, ‘I wish you well; keep yourself warm and eat plenty,’ without giving them these bare necessities of life, then what good is that?”

2:16, is 6 x 6 x 6.

Here again a reference to the number 666.

Quite extraordinary as chapter numbers were only added to the bible in the 12th century and verse numbers in the 16th century, whereas the original documents that the bible is translated from in the main date back to about the fifth century.

These are the only two places I know of a teaching being repeated seven times consecutively in the New Testament . One relates to the Love of God in the Eucharist. The other to the love of neighbor through good deeds. These form the heart of Christianity.

I know of another in Ezekiel 3, 18 and 33 where Ezekiel repeats 7 times the proposition that if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die for his sin, and also seven times that when the wicked man turns from his wickedness, and does what is lawful and right, he shall live by it.