In the same line of thought Hebblethwaite (1987:22) rightly asserts that “to believe in God incarnate, then is to believe that God has chosen this way to make himself known and drawing us to himself”. Consequently, man can only come in contact with God the Father through the incarnated Son who is the true revelation of the Father . In this way, God communicate to us something of Himself so that we can know him and get into relationship with Him and such knowledge causes us to put faith in him, as Torrance (2008:37) would say “Christian faith starts with the Knowledge of God in Jesus Christ”. Therefore, from this consideration we can now assert that incarnation is part of God’s revelation acts which carries out the purpose of atoning man’s sin to reconcile him back to the
Scriptures makes clear in many instances the full deity of the God the Son. “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God…. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made” (Jn 1:1,3). The Son then is equal in all attributes to God the Father. Even so, the terms still imply subordination, but not subordinationism, that ancient heresy that Christ and the Holy Spirit are subordinate to God the Father in nature and
Along with this concept, is the idea portrayed in Ephesians 5:1 that believers are to be imitators of God, because they are His children. This calls for the action of honoring the heavenly Father as well. I John 3:10 states, “In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth his brother.” Obedience and love to other adopted sons of God is key to showing honor to the Father (Grudem
Each one is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Christianity believes that God sent his son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin and pay the price of our sins with his death on the cross. However, Jesus rose from the grave on the third day. On the other hand, Islam only believes in the existence of Jesus as a prophet rather then the Son of God. So the Virgin Birth is irrelevant to Islamic beliefs.
The apostle John fills the gap between the two religions and he centres all things on Jesus. The word was not just at the beginning, the word was not just with God, but the word was also God himself. The Word was one Spirit with God the Father. He was pre-existent, involved in the act of creation, and therefore superior to all created beings. This presentation lifts Christ above the materialistic, pagan concept of
He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and services. The Holy Spirit is a person of the trinity. Not an it. Please do not refer to God as an it. He is separate from His power: Luke 4:14 Grammatical agreement not present: in original Greek
John in his gospel says: ‘No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God, and who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him’ (Jn 1:18). Jesus is the ultimate revelation of the Father. Therefore besides coming to bring humankind salvation and reconciliation with the Father, he also came to reveal the Father. In everything he said and did he revealed the Father’s heart and will. And it is very obvious from Jesus’ life that God cares deeply for his people.
The word sacrament comes from Latin word Sacramentum. The Greek word mysterion is equivalent to Sacramentum and it is used by Paul in Ephesians when he is speaking about marriage. “This is a great foreshadowing Mysterion,” I mean that it refers to Christ and the church.” In later usage, the term Sacramentum emphasizes the visible sign of the hidden reality of salvation which was indicated by the term Mysterium. In this case, Christ himself is the mystery of salvation for there is no other mystery of God, except Christ Jesus. “The synonym of the word Sacramentum in the Bible is Mysterion, Orthodox Church uses the word mystery to mean sacrament.” The saving work of Jesus in sanctifying humanity is the sacrament of salvation which is revealed
JESUS AND HIS FATHER The key to the Trinitarian doctrine is the Father-Son relationship. In Christian theology, God is symbolised as a divine Father primarily because Christ is symbolised as the divine Son. Not the other way around. The Gospel of Mark describes Jesus as the Son of man and the Son of God. The contrast and connection are dramatically portrayed in the anguish of the Gethsemane prayer where Jesus begins: “ “ Mark 14:36.The untranslated Aramaic address to the heavenly Father, abba, seems important.
To not compare yourself to anyone for you should be responsible for yourself. Those who are taught the word of God should go out and tell others. As for the law, Paul recaps his message in short that “It doesn't matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.”12 The main purpose of Paul writing the book of Galatians is to settle the dispute that the Gentile Christians had to be circumcised in order to be saved. Paul writes his letter to the people of Galatia to remind them that the law of Moses died on the cross with Jesus.