Posts tagged “Ignatius of Antioch

The flesh and blood of the incarnated Jesus

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Here are some excerpts from the first two centuries of the Christian Church on the bodily presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper: Ignatius [AD 30-107] If Jesus Christ shall graciously permit me through your prayers, and if it be His will, I shall, in a second little work which I will write to you, make further manifest to you [the nature of] the dispensation of which I have begun [to treat], with respect to the new man, Jesus Christ, in His faith and in His love, in His suffering and in His resurrection. Especially [will I do this] if the Lord make known to me that ye come together man by man in common through grace, individually, in one faith, and in Jesus Christ,…

Sermo Dei: Psalm 82

Posted on February 6th, 2014

After a long hiatus, tonight we return to our journey through the Psalter with a meditation on Psalm 82. “Let nothing be done without your consent, nor do anything yourself without God’s consent” (Polycarp 4:1 AF-E). Thus wrote Ignatius to Polycarp. As Bishop, nothing was to be done without his consent. But in turn, he was to do nothing without God’s consent. Ignatius was reminding Polycarp that he stands both as judge of the people and will himself be judged by God. The minister of God serves as a steward. The Small Catechism exhorts everyone to go to individual confession, and that when the pastor speaks the absolution to penitent individuals, it is the voice of God Himself. Kings, presidents, law enforcement, and other…