|2 THESSALONIANS 2:15
"THE WORD IS A LAMP UNTO MY FEET"
|Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast
to the traditions that you were taught, either
by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.
2 Thessalonians 2:15
"Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." [Psalm 119:105]
'Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are bound closely together, and well-spring,
come together in some fashion to form one thing, and move toward the same goal. Sacred
Scripture is the speech of God, as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy
Spirit... Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the
apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit." [Dei Verbum 11-9]
What I want to convey is my love for the Word of God in both Sacred Tradition and Sacred
Scripture.., and my ever increasing conviction that, for a Christian to survive as a Christian
in today's world, it is essential to be equipped with and always be growing in one's
knowledge and love of the "Word of God'. When Jesus was confronted with Satan, He
rebuked him and He used Scripture to refute his lies [Mt. 4].
Jesus has given us the example and has shown us the way.
Jesus tells His followers in the Gospel of Luke: 1o:16 "Whoever listens to you listens to
me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent
me." Jesus only mentions the word church' twice in Scripture. Once in Mt. 18:17 where He
tells His followers that if (someone) "refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as
you would a Gentile or a tax collector." (This is one place where we would get the idea of
excommunication in Scripture).
And the other place where Jesus mentions 'church' is when He promises to build His
church on the rock of Peter, and He promises that the 'gates of hell will not prevail against
it'. Mat t6:i8 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock! will build my church,
and the gates of the net herworld shall not prevail against it.
The 'gates' is part of the fulfillment of the 'prophecy' made to Abraham in Gen 22:17 "I will
bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and
the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their
Jesus is stating in no uncertain terms that those who refuse to listen to the Church He
founded on the 'apostles' (Eph 2:20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and
prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.), refuse to listen to Him and the
Father who sent Him!
St. Paul in his 'Letter' to his protege Timothy says: 2 Tim 3:16 "All Scripture is inspired by
God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in
2Ti 3:17 so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good
When we read the Holy Scriptures we are invited to enter into a relationship. Unlike any
other book, this book is a direct communication between God (the author) to His beloved
'children' (Jn. 1:12), His 'bride' (Rev. 19:7), His 'Beloved' (Rom. 1:7). God Himself, is the
author of both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Traition (1 Cor. 11:2; 2 Thess. 2:15). These
divinely revealed realities were given under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. God chose
the human authors He desired to use, and it was under the power of the Holy Spirit that
they wrote and they said whatever He wanted, and no more. They, therefore, teach the
truth without error that God desired to see confided to us for the sake of our salvation
(Acts 10:41-42). [CCC #105-108]
The Word of God is alive and active [Heb. 4:12] and it is sent out to accomplish the work
that God has sent it to do. [IS. 56:11] It is planted into the hearts and minds of all who hear
and read it, [Mt. 131 to bear fruit in due season.] As one's heart and mind is opened. the
Holy Spirit brings alive the Word, and it bears fruit.
It is advisable to always begin any reading and study of the Scriptures & Sacred Tradition
with a prayer to the Holy Spirit for wisdom. He, whose primary work is to bear witness to the
Father and to Jesus, who is the Word and for whom He speaks, rises up within us as a
spring of water in the desert, refreshing the soul, instructing and comforting us. [Is. 44:3,4;
As we begin with coming into God's presence and praying for wisdom, our hearts are in a
disposition to be taught by the Holy Spirit. He will instruct us about life, about the intimacy
of this relationship with God, about everything that we need to know. As we seek wisdom
and the Lord's meaning of the words and ways of saying things that seem strange, and
sometimes unacceptable and confusing, it is most essential to allow the Holy Spirit to lead
us to all truth. [Jn. 16:13] An open seeking of God presupposes that we allow the Holy
Spirit to conform our minds to His Word through the Church and through the Scriptures.
Not that we conform God's Word' to our way of thinking, that is simply pride and arrogance.
Those traditions to be kept:
1 Cor. 11:2 I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold fast to the
traditions, just as I handed them on to you.
Col. 2:8 See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy according
to human tradition, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to
2 Thess. 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were
taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.
2 Thess. 3:6 We instruct you, brothers, in the name of (our) Lord Jesus Christ,to shun any
brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they
received from us.
"[Jesus said:] Simon, my follower, I have made you the foundation of the holy Church. I
betimes called you Peter, because you will support all its buildings. You are the inspector
of those who will build on earth a Church for me. If they should wish to build what is false,
you, the foundation, will condemn them. You are the head of the fountain from which my
teaching flows; you are the chief of my disciples. Through you I will give drink to all
peoples. Yours is that life-giving sweetness which I dispense. I have chosen you to be, as it
were, the first-born in my institution so that, as the heir, you may be executor of my
treasures. I have given you the keys of my kingdom. Behold, I have given you authority
over all my treasures" (Homilies 4:1 [a.d. 351]).