According to Calvin (12:3; pp.467) as Jesus “clothed with flesh he vanquished death and sin together that the victory and triumph might be ours. He offered as a sacrifice the flesh he received from us, that he might wipe out our guilty by his act of expiation and appease the father’s righteous wrath”. This concept is explicitly taught in scripture, where Christ’s work of atonement is a direct portrait of his priestly office (Cf., Heb. 4:17). Christ’s atonement constitutes of both the ‘expiation’ and the ‘propitiation’ of the sinner (Bloesch, 1997:157).
That is why all the disciples had a radical change and became bold witnesses to everything they had seen, even to the point of dying for their beliefs. Therefore if the crucifixion and resurrection were not true then there would not be a point of them dying for something that is just a lie and made up it just does not make logical sense. For example, Simon Peter who was a coward that denied Jesus three times but after the resurrection became a courageous leader who later on ended up crucified upside down because of his convictions. I chose to believe this claim because only through Jesus a person can change like that, no person ever changes night to morning into a totally different person and it is pretty trustworthy that they were willing to give up their life because they protected and proclaimed the truth instead of giving up if it was just a lie. As well as women being the ones who discovered the empty tomb.
We know that when Jesus walked on this earth, He performed many miracles, but that was not the sole reason He came. Jesus used miracles for the express purpose of accomplishing His goal in providing atonement for mankind. Jesus proved who he was, His divine character. Jesus showed us what his Kingdom was all about. Jesus did not doubt if Jesus would give him the authority to perform these miracles.
The reader consciously knows Jesus is God’s only son, nevertheless making the role of sacrifice an even harder burden to carry. He has no choice but to sacrifice his life for the sins of the world. The Lamb can represent the gentleness Jesus Christ had for his disciples and the purity of his message towards the earth. Jesus took his role as messenger seriously in teaching the world the word of God for an eternal afterlife. Consequently, he communicates as the pure light which is genuine.
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
You see this news was ground-breaking that even angles were amazes. Church is no small matter. It is something that modern believers for the most part do not understand rightly. My brothers and sisters Christ loves and died for the church, Christ builds His church, Christ Adds to His Church, and the purpose of the church is to worship Him, to evangelize the world. We must take the church very serious.
The Apostle Paul had an understanding of Gods Power. Its was God power that transformed his life. Before his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was persecuting the followers of Jesus Christ. He even stood by and gave his approval when Stephen was stoned to death for his faith. But Gods power allowed Paul to conquer that past and to write these words: Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.
Paul explains to them that they did not receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses but by having faith in the Lord. Paul reminds all the people of Galatia that when Jesus died on the cross, “He rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law.”6 Paul tells the Galatians that they have been given the same blessings as God has promised to Abraham so that through faith and only faith that they could receive the Holy Spirit. Paul admits that the law was given to show people their sins, however, the law was to last only until the coming of the child that was promised to Abraham. The reasoning of law’s purpose is written in the way that Paul said “The law was our guardian until Christ came”7. Now that Christ had came the way of the law was no longer needed to keep the people in line.
The period of sorrow was the persecution they will face when their leader was taken from them, but He came back to them as the Holy Spirit, fulfilling the ‘little while’ that He promised them. The man-child is the birth of the New Church as the Holy Spirit was released. That empowered church that was destined to rule, that really shook the Roman Empire. Thus we found that no persecution or trial was able to shake their faith; therefore, in the midst of all their afflictions, they had an unshaken source of joy. The resurrection was such an assurance to them, that they should never have a doubt concerning it and the rest of the promises He made to them; and consequently that their joy should be great and permanent, knowing that the atonement has been made, the victory over death and the world gained, and the kingdom of heaven opened to such that will be humbled enough to believe.
As we know Jonah was commanded to go and preach to the Ninevites, Israel's worst enemies, so that they’ll be saved from destruction. But it almost seems like Jonah wanted to see the Ninevites destroyed, but God was compassionate towards them when they repented. The book ends with a theme that Salvation can be given to anyone who accepts God and repents. We should understand that God is not just a Creator but he is still creating and everyone in this world is part of his creation and they play their own unique role in the kingdom of God. Johannes Verkuyl says "If a person draws his lifeblood from the one greater than Jonah and yet declines to spread the Good News among others, he in effect is sabotaging the aims of God himself.