August 22, 2019

Jesus took His bride, His Church

St. Athanasius the Great ca. 297-373 The Father of Orthodoxy

Art thou bound to a wife? Seek not to be loosed. (1 Cor. 7:27) For if this expression applies to a wife, how much more does it apply to a Church, and to the same Episcopate; to which whomsoever is bound ought not to seek another, lest he prove an adulterer according to Holy Scripture.

(Defense Against the Arians 6; PG 25.260; NPNF 2.4, p. 104)

Athanasius At Guard before the City Gates

There is but one DIVINE CHURCH and Jesus founded it. It is the Catholic Church. All the rest are thieves and robbers. [“ Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not. I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in and go out, and shall find pastures. The thief come not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.”] (Jn10:7-10)

The Athanasius Creed

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.

Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the Catholic Faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy {“Spirit”} Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost is all One, the Glory Equal, the Majesty Co-Eternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father Uncreate, the Son Uncreate, and the Holy Ghost Uncreate. The Father Incomprehensible, the Son Incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost Incomprehensible. The Father Eternal, the Son Eternal, and the Holy Spirit Eternal and yet they are not Three Eternals but One Eternal. As also there are not Three Uncreated, nor Three Incomprehensible s, but One Uncreated, and One Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Spirit Almighty. And yet they are not Three Almighties but One Almighty. {As the Marquess of Bute English translation of the text of the Creed:}

One of the declarations of Faith, approved by the Church and given a place in her liturgy, is a clear exposition of the Doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation. Unlike other creeds, or prayers, Athanasius deals almost exclusively with these two revealed TRUTHS, that states and restates in terse and varied forms so as to bring out unmistakably the Trinity of the Persons of God, and the two natures in the one Divine Person, Jesus Christ [1) fully Divine and 2) fully human]. St Athanasius was the 2nd youngest Bishop present at the Nicaea counsel and became preeminent in the steadfast commitment defender in the Trinity doctrine, who by his will overwhelmingly convinced his elder Bishops of the TRUTH , we the saved now believe. He now rests in the Bosom of our holy Church as a holy Doctor of the Church, in both the East & the West. Bishop of Alexandria; Confessor and Doctor of the Church; born c. 296; died 2 May, 373. Athanasius was the greatest champion of Catholic belief on the subject of the Incarnation that the Church has ever known and in his lifetime earned the characteristic title of “Father of Orthodoxy”, by which he has been distinguished ever since.

Addendum: to clarify if the above St. & Doctor was not clear:


APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION “FIDEI DEPOSITUM” on publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, April 1995 edition:

#846: Outside the Church there is NO salvation” How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?” (Athanasius above) Reformulated positively, it means that ALL salvation comes from Christ the head through the Church which is His Body:….. that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it. (LG14, Mk16:16; Jn3:5)

Wis1:7 – or the spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world: and that, which contains all things, hath knowledge of the voice.

1 thought on “Jesus took His bride, His Church

  1. In writing to the Church of Corinth in 2 Corinthians 11 Paul writes to warn the community of false teachers who would teach of another Christ, and to confess his concern that they will believe someone who teaches a false Christ, other than Christ Jesus of Nazareth whom he preached; Paul referred to the Church in Corinth as being espoused to Christ. “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him”.

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