tired or weary” (vv. 28). Similar to Genesis 1, the text of Isaiah 40 uses ‘create’ a number of times. Isaiah reflects God as the Creator, but also as the Lord and King, powerful and strong, who protects His creation, and who gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak (vs. 29). Wilkinson says that Isaiah 40 is written to people who felt God betrayed them and question if they can trust God again (195).
For instance, taking the phrase "God is love" (1 John 4:7-16) out of its context, we might come away thinking that our God loves everything and everyone at all times with a gushing, romantic love. But in its literal and grammatical context, “love” here refers to agape love, the essence of which is a sacrifice for the benefit of another, not a sentimental, romantic love. The historical context is also crucial because John was addressing believers in the first-century church and instructing them not on God’s love per se, but on how to identify true believers from false teaching. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding (Psalms
It is also reveals God as an eternally relational being. Today’s believer join with believers centuries past in worshipping “ one God in trinity and trinity in unity.” The Christian Gospel of redemption is from the first to last directly connected to the Triune God. As the theologian Bruce Milne notes: “Just about everything that matters in Christian hangs on the truth of God’s three- in- oneness.”
Not only that, John’s Gospel is unique from the other Gospel writers; and this uniqueness provides a beautiful picture of Jesus and his mission. Moreover, John is ultimately concerned with helping the church embrace Jesus’ full humanity and divinity. Lastly, John focuses on Jesus’ purpose to bring glory to the Father and reveal the Father to the world. All in all, John’s Gospel is a favorite among people because of the stories and presentation of Jesus. And at the same time, this Gospel continues to breath life into the church today all over the
This concept is prevalent in more liberal Christian subgroups, as it is easier to reconcile with more modern areas of knowledge, such as the natural sciences, and ways of knowing, such as reason, than the orthodox view, since they give God the identity of being the driving force behind everything in the universe; ascribing the same divine plan to everything as the Orthodox Christians, but at the same time removing the element of divine sentience. This concept of God makes them aware of the value of reason as a way of knowing, but their adherence to faith as a way of knowing leads to a sort of amalgamation of traditional and modern thinking. As a result of the interpretative nature of the concept of God, there is room for personal freedom in determining how they are to live their lives. Therefore, liberal Christian subgroups allow an element of personal knowledge into the conclusions reached by their members. On the other hand, their adherence to the belief that there is a God, and subsequently the significance they attribute the bible despite not necessarily taking it literally, indicates that shared knowledge still plays a major role in determining what conclusions they reach.
The coming of Christ had a purpose, namely to serve the Lord and carry on his work. Similarly, we get the prophecy of Christ works as a priest (Psalms 110:4; Hebrew 5:6,10). Similarly, the Messianic Psalms included a prediction of the rejection of Christ. Christ was rejected by the Jews just as it was written in Psalms 118:22-23; Matthew 21:42; Mk. 12:10-11: “The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner”.
A righteous human will live by Gods standards of truth, morality, justice, and social commitments. A righteous man will look outside himself to the Lord. Righteousness is possible to a man only through Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ makes you righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). In the New Testament, the same statements about faith are there in Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38.
For this is how the redemption of creation from the dominion of darkness to the kingdom of God occurs. From the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he was proclaiming the kingdom of God. An instance is recorded in Luke of Jesus reading an Old Testament Messianic prophecy from Isaiah 61, which explains the nature of Jesus’ mission. Jesus fulfilled this prophecy in two manners: “the verbal proclamation of the good news of God’s kingdom plus the physical manifestation of the kingdom”. (79)
In this regard, Gordon et al argues in this wise, “One dare not think he or she can properly interpret the gospels without clear understanding of the concept of the kingdom of God in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Gordon further argue concerning the ethic of the kingdom that, “Is a no retaliation ethic as depicted by Matthews gospel (Matthew 5:38-48). That helps believers to be true sons of the father’s kingdom” (Gordon et al, 2006). The argument above helps a believer to understand the argument of the Gospels about the Kingdom of God. Influence of the Kingdom of God: The influence of the kingdom of God is amazing.
Examination of the seven scriptures which lay out the why Revelation is a blessing aids us in understanding God and His work through prophecy. According to Revelation 1:3, the first blessing is for the believer of the book of Revelation. The second blessing in Revelation 14:13 is declaring the righteous who are dead are blessed. The third type of person blessed in the book of Revelation 16:15 are all who are prepared for the second coming of Jesus Christ. Dinner guests of the Lamb in Revelation 19:9 are the fourth people who are blessed.
Briana Kuykendall spoke at the symposium on Friday on the book, The Transforming Vision. She gave a detailed summary of what exactly the book was about and went into depth about some of the major key points talked about in the book. The first thing she did was define what a worldview is and what it is not. Worldviews are not systems of thought like theologies or philosophies; instead, they are perceptual frameworks and directors of life. They are people’s way of seeing or understanding life itself.
In chapter 3 of Speaking of Jesus, Carl Medearis talks about what it means to own Christianity. He says "If we don't truly know what the gospel is, we have to find an explanation for Christianity." Meaning that if we do not know what the gospel is or what it is teaching us, then we try to define it by our own standards, and that is where it gets messy. Medearis talks about how Christianity is more than a religion, but it is a relationship and people tend to not understand that. He explains why people are so defensive and put up their guards towards Christians, because Christians can be so judgemental.
Research is pivotal to the safe and effective practice of medicine. As new developments arise, approaches to medicine and our understanding of normal human biology require more sophisticated processes. With this increased recognition, has too been the addition of external influences, such as psychological, religious and social components of health and illness not previously seen. Although the essence of research study has taken a predominately scientific worldview, there is also a biblical imperative to consider. Merriam-Webster defines worldview as a comprehensive conception of the world for a specific standpoint (Merriam-Webster, n.d.).
Everyone has a worldview, whether we take it into consideration or not. We become caught or lost in some train of thought because our worldviews are often hidden as a result of. CS Lewis takes a journey with his faith and he begins to notice his own worldview made a turn for the best. C.S. Lewis left his childhood Christian faith to spend years as a determined atheist. After finally admitting God existed, Lewis gave in and knelt in prayer to become what he described later as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”