Lecture 97- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 7 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 7 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 7. We focus on the term sign as found in the Bible. King Ahaz refuses to pick a sign. God gives a sign to the House of David.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Ezekiel 33

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Ezekiel chapter 33. In this passage we learn about the role of the Watchman warning of the coming sword. After hearing that Jerusalem has fallen, the hearer is prepared for the next chapter in which the coming Christ is proclaimed. The LORD says, “And I will set up over them one Shepherd, my Servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their Shepherd.” (Ezekiel 34:23). (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 96- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 7 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 7 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we begin our study on Chapter 7. We will discuss the historical background of chapter 7 that leads up to the promise of Immanuel born of the Virgin.

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Lecture 95- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 6 Part 3

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 6 Part 3

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we complete our study on Chapter 6. The Triune God sends Isaiah to speak and the people of Israel will not listen, they will not see, and they will not believe.

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Lecture 94- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 6 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 6 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 6. We will focus on the burning coal touching the lips of Isaiah and atoning for his sin.

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Lecture 93- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 6 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 6 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we begin our study on Chapter 6. We take a look at the first five verses. In these verses, we hear the words, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of Hosts” testifying to the doctrine of the Blessed Holy Trinity.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 55

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah chapter 55. Yahweh says,“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” (Isaiah 55:1).  Jesus says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). Jesus is Yahweh.

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Pseudepodcast Episode 8: All Along the Watchtower

Please join the pseudepodcasters for an audio exploration of the world of Jehovah’s Witnesses with special guest Pr. Brian Kachelmeier. Click here to listen.

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Three young-ish, well-read-ish, and enthusiastic (but not in the bad way) Lutheran laymen talking theology: Trent Demarest, Levi Nunnink, and Matt Fenn are the amateurs in question.

Wait. Amateurs? What does this mean? Why would I want to listen to self-proclaimed “amateurs” talk theology?

 

A marvelous question! Let us consider what is meant by the term “amateur.” The word comes to us from the Latin — via the French, mind you — from amator, “lover”, which itself derives from amo, amare “to love.” In the most basic sense to be an amateur is to be a lover of a thing for its own sake. This is what we mean when we bill our show as “amateur theology,” although we will be quick to admit that it is also true that we are not experts or professional theologians. But let’s say that this changes, and we do become some shade of expert, or at least “professional” in the literal sense of the term (*cough*…Trent and Matt are starting seminary this fall…*cough*). Well, if this does happen, we hope that it will augment our status as amateur theologians, as lovers of theology for its own sake, not replace it.

Christ in the Old Testament- Zechariah 9

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Zechariah chapter 9. In this episode we emphasize the truth that the Apostles are mot taking verses out of context. Throughout the book, the prophet proclaims the coming Christ who will establish His Kingdom by entering Jerusalem on a donkey (ch. 9), being abandoned by His disciples (ch. 13), being pierced (ch. 12), and converting the Gentiles (ch. 9 and  ch.14). (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 92- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 5 Part 3

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 5 Part 3

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we conclude our study on Chapter 5. We will continue to discuss the “woes” against the blind leaders who are leading the people to forsake the Holy One of Israel. Also, we will discuss the “signal” that is lifted up.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 44

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah chapter 44. In this chapter we learn about Jeshurun, that is, the people of Israel and their unfaithfulness. On the other hand, we rejoice in Christ who is the faithful servant. He is the One who blots out transgression for His own sake justifying the ungodly through faith.   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Is Islam a Christian Heresy?

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Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on this episode of Issues Etc. He discusses the Christology of Islam that is rooted in the heretical teachings about the person and work of Christ found in Gnosticism, Arianism, and Nestorianism. John of Damascus (8th century) was the first theologian to identify Islam as a Christian heresy. Click here to listen.

Christ in the Old Testament- Jeremiah 28

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Jeremiah chapter 28. In this chapter we learn about the imagery of the yoke meaning a rule and reign. Yahweh had broken the yoke of Egypt freeing the His people. However, Israel broke the yoke of Yahweh refusing to serve Him. Thus, Yahweh will put the people under the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah was sent to proclaim this truth. Hananiah the false prophet claims that the yoke of Babylon has been broken. Which prophet proclaims Christ?   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

June 27- Cyril of Alexandria, Pastor and Confessor

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In 412, Cyril became the Bishop of Alexandria. Cyril followed in the footsteps the Great Alexandrian theologian Athanasius who was the defender of the doctrine of the Holy Blessed Trinity against Arius. In 428, a Syrian monk named Nestorius became the Bishop of Constantinople. Nestorius followed in the footsteps of the Antiochene theologians such as Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia. In response to Arianism, which denied the divinity of Christ, the Antiochene theologians began using the terminology of “Two Sons” in order to teach about Christ’s divinity and humanity. The Son of God was utilized to confess the divine nature of Christ. The Son of Man was utilized to confess the human nature of Christ. The language became sloppy and they began to talk about the Divine Logos as “associated with” or “conjoined to” the man Jesus of Nazareth. Nestorius began to push the need for speaking in this way. Furthermore, he refused to ascribe both the divine and the human attributes and characteristics to the one person of Christ. Nestorius ascribed the divine attributes only to the Son of God and the human attributes only to the Son of Man. Therefore, Nestorius refused to say that Mary was the Mother God and that God died upon the cross.

For Cyril of Alexandria, this refusal by Nestorius was seen as the rejection of the mystery of the incarnation. In the holy incarnation, there is not a mere “association” or “conjoining” of the two natures, but rather a “union” of the two natures in the one Christ. The Eternal Logos did not merely join with a man, but rather united with humanity. Cyril rejected the new Nestorian idea of a man alongside of the Divine Logos. Instead, Cyril confessed that the Divine Logos assumed the human nature, that is, He became flesh. The invisible one becomes visible in the incarnation. The immortal One takes upon mortality in order to die. The immaterial One is made flesh.

In the book On the Unity of Christ, Cyril addresses the issues caused by Nestorianism in the setting of a dialogue between two people. The new ideas and thoughts by Nestorius are addressed by comparing them to the sacred scriptures. Cyril declares that the God-inspired scriptures cry out against these manmade doctrines. As an “Ambassador of Truth,” the sacred scriptures show forth the falsehood of these two new teachings.

Cyril opens this dialogue by declaring Nestorianism to be the twin of Arianism. Arian teaching robbed the Only-begotten Word of His true divinity before the incarnation. Nestorian teaching robbed the Only-begotten Word of His true humanity after the incarnation. In this way, the Son of God comes along side of the man Jesus of Nazareth in almost the same way that God was with other saints of old. For Example, He was with Moses and Joshua to bring deliverance to the people of God. However, Cyril notes that none of the saints of old were given the special name Immanuel, that is, “God with us.”  In Christ alone, the fullness of God dwells bodily.

St. Cyril notes that Immanu9780881411331el does not merely mean that God is with us as He was with other saints of old. Instead, Immanuel means that God was made man. Immanuel is actually God Himself with humanity. For this reason, Mary did not give birth to the man Jesus of Nazareth like any other human birth. The Only-begotten Son of God was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. This was no ordinary birth brought about through the conception of a husband joining with a wife. Mary gave birth to God who became man. The Evangelist John writes, “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the Only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Now when St. Cyril articulates the mystery of the incarnation, he uses phrases such as “The Son of God became flesh” or “The Only-begotten Word became man.” In this way, Cyril wants his reader to understand that the Second person of the Blessed Holy Trinity appropriated a human body to Himself in such a union that it is His very own body. We call this the hypostatic union or the personal union. Likewise, to be clear that the Eternal Logos did not merely take the place of the rational human soul and dwell in the human body like a house, Cyril states that in the incarnation He was made like us being endowed with both a body and a rational soul being truly human. Thus, the Only-begotten Word became man without ceasing to be God.

Cyril of Alexandria explains the economy of salvation in this way. The poverty of our fallen humanity is a result of being enslaved to sin and death. In the holy incarnation, the Son of God became flesh in order to abolish the curse and punishment. He became flesh in order to overthrown the dominion of death and to put an end to the reign of sin. He emptied Himself. The Apostle Paul teaches that Christ “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6–7). And again the Apostle Paul teaches, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). In Christ, we gain the freedom from sin and death becoming rich in righteousness and life.

Cyril goes on to describes the economy of salvation in this way: The Invisible One became visible in the flesh. The One who blesses all creation was accursed. The One who is the Righteous One was numbered with the transgressors. The One who is life came in the appearance of death.  All of this the Son of God underwent in order to reconcile and restore our human nature. He came to redeem us.Yet in all of this, the Son of God remained what He is in the divine nature.  Thanks to Cyril recognizing the weakness and danger of the new teachings of the Nestorians, we are able to clearly confess that Christ is the true and natural Son of God who became man so that we too might be able to call God our Father and remain free from the corruption of the human nature inherited from our first father Adam.

 

Lecture 91- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 5 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 5 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we continue our study on Chapter 5. We will discuss the “woes” against the leaders who  are leading the people to forsake the Holy One of Israel. Of course, the Holy One is the Son of God who is called the Holy One of God in the New Testament scriptures.

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Lecture 90- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 5 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 5 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we being our study on Chapter 5. We will focus on the imagery of the vineyard pointing to Jesus as the True Vine.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Genesis 1

Christ in the OT 2Pastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Genesis chapter 1. In this passage we learn that in the beginning was the Word who is Christ our Lord. Christ is rightfully called the Creator of all things. Therefore, we confess in the Nicene Creed that we believe in one Lord Jesus Christ by whom all things were made.   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

A LampLight Conversation on the lessons for Feast of the Holy Trinity

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This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, who serves at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Los Alamos NM, and who also hosts the Redeemer Theological Academy, joined our conversation on the lessons for the Resurrection of Our Lord, which are:

Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm 8:1–9
Acts 2:14a22–36
Matthew 28:16–20

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Lecture 89- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 4 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 4 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we conclude our study of chapter four focusing on the person and work of the Branch of Yahweh, that is, Christ who is present with His church sanctifying, washing, and cleansing.

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His Time Morning Show on KFUO Radio- Jesus at the Temple

“His Time” starts your day by sanctifying it with the Word of God and prayer. Based on God’s time in the Church Year, we feast on God’s Word in daily Scripture readings and interview guests on various topics vital to your daily life. The “Morning Prayer” segment features devotional meditations by pastors from around the country. “His Time” airs Monday through Friday at 7:00 am Central Standard Time.

“His Time” is hosted by Andy Bates. In this episode, Pastor Brian Kachelmeier is the guest talking about Jesus at the Temple.

For the Bible Study on Luke 19:29-48 (click here).

For the Matins Sermonette (click here).

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Lecture 87- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 3 Part 2

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Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we focus on verse 13:

“Yahweh has taken his place to contend; He stands to judge peoples.”

To the Sheep the comforting words are given, “It will go well with you.” To the Goats the terrifying words are given, “It will go ill with you.”

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Lecture 86- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 3 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 3 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we learn that because Jerusalem refused to listen to the Word of God, the LORD will send a famine of the Word on the land. Without bread and water the body will not survive. However, man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD. Without the Word of God, the soul will not survive.

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Lecture 85- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah Chapter 2 Part 2

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 2 Part 2

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this chapter we are taught that Yahweh alone will be exalted. Those who follow false gods become like them, that is, unable to hear God’s word or see the revelation of the Word of God.

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Watch Out for Watch Tower Deception on Jesus Creating All “Other” Things

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The Watchtower organization teaches:

Jehovah only made one thing: Jesus. Jesus was the only one created by God and that is why he is called God’s “only-begotten” Son (see previous post on what “only-begotten” means). After Jesus was created he “helped” in the creation of all other things.

The Bible teaches:

“Thus says Jehovah, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am Jehovah, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by Myself” (Isaiah 44:24).

We know from the Bible that Jehovah made all things. Jehovah created the heavens and the earth alone. Jehovah says, “My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together” (Isaiah 48:13). Then in the New Testament scriptures, the Father declares the Son to be Jehovah. The Father says to Jesus, “And, “You, Jehovah, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands” (Hebrews 1:10). The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is Jehovah who created all things.

The Watchtower organization deceptively mistranslates Colossians chapter one in order for the text to sound like their false teaching that Jesus created all “other things” and not all things. The New World Translation renders the passage in this way,

because by means of him all other things were created in the heavens and on the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities. All other things have been created through him and for him. Also, he is before all other things, and by means of him all other things were made to exist,

Note the deception of the Watchtower organization in their translation of this passage. In order to twist the Bible to match their teachings they translate “all things” as “all other things.” They teach that the Son of God is a created being and not the Creator. Therefore they have to change the Bible text in order for the text to agree with their false teaching.

The Bible clearly states that Jesus is the Creator of all things. The Bible does not say that He created “all other things.” The Bible clearly teaches that He created “all things.”  “All things” means all created things. The Son of God is not a created thing. The Apostles clearly teach that Christ is the Creator of all things that were created.

The Apostle Paul teaches:

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16–17).

The Apostle John teaches, “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3). “All things” means all things that were created. There is nothing that He did not create. Jesus cannot be part of creation. He is the Creator of all things. Thus John writes, “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him” (John 1:10). The world was created by Jesus. He is not of creation. He is the Creator of the world.

The Bible teaches that Jehovah created all things (Isaiah 44:24). The Father declares the Son to be Jehovah who created all things (Hebrews 1:10). The Apostles taught the Jesus is Jehovah (The Entire New Testament Scriptures).

The Apostle Paul teaches:

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3–4)

The Watchtower organization teaches a different Jehovah and a different Jesus.

Lecture 84- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 2 Part 1

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 2 Part 1

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture we begin to look at chapter 2. In this chapter we learn about the conversion of the Gentiles. Isaiah writes, “For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:3). In this passage, we learn about the sending out of the Apostles to make disciples of all nations by baptizing them and teaching them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of Holy Spirit.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 40 in 1 Peter 1

Christ in the Old TestamentPastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Isaiah chapter 40 as it is used in 1 Peter chapter 1. The Apostle Peter quotes from Isaiah saying, “The word of the Lord remains forever. And this word is the good news that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25)    (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 83- The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 1 Part 6

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The Gospel According to St. Isaiah- Chapter 1 Part 6

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

Isaiah writes, “Come now, let us reason together, says Yahweh: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) 

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Christ in the Old Testament- 2 Chronicles 13 and Acts 5

Christ in the Old TestamentPastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about the connections between the events leading up to 2 Chronicles chapter 13 and those find in Acts chapter 5. In both times, the people of God were split into two groups, namely, those who remained loyal to the son of David as king and those who rebelled against God and His kingdom.

After the resurrection of Christ, the True Son of David, the Apostles were forbidden to speak in the name of Jesus by the high priest. The Apostles respond by saying, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:29–31).  In response, Gamaliel said to the high priest and the leaders of Jerusalem, “Men of Israel… …I tell you, keep away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You might even be found fighting against God!” (Acts 5:38–39).

In the days after Solomon’s death, the kingdom was split into Northern Israel and Southern Judah. In 2 Chronicles 13, Abijah, a son of David and King of Jerusalem, cried out against Jeroboam, the King of Northern Israel, saying, “Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed” (2 Chronicles 13:12).

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