Ephesians and Colossians: The epistle to the Ephesians church is a faith treatise on victorious Christian living or said in other words a ‘triumph of faith’ and so does Colossians.However,Colossians the apostle addresses some heretical teachings probably by Gnostics who argued the body was bad or evil and that nothing good can come from the evil body. Some also taught of celestial and constellation worship and philosophies of men. (Tokunboh Adeyemo: 2005:1155: Biblestudies.org). Paul explains how believers’ faith is rooted in Christ and how Christ overcame the devil and triumphed on the cross. Believers in Ephesus are reminded how Christ broke the dividing wall of separation and reconciled man with God.
These are open to all, whatever their level of intelligence. These religious view foster the idea of a moral self: Each of is capable of great good, but also great evil. Refusing to serve and love god is the greatest evil. We do good when we make God the centre of our lives; we do wrong when we retreat from this commitment. Plato strongly influenced Christian thought and Christians like Augustine adopted Plato’s view that the self or soul is rational, immaterial, and immortal and not basically self-interested.
Christ "reveals man to himself and makes clear his supreme calling, which is to share in the divine mystery of the life of the Trinity" (n. 13). Faith is man's obedient response to God's revelation (n. 13). By faith man accepts the truth of Christ's revelation which is guaranteed by God. Because an act of faith involves freely entrusting oneself to God and freely accepting His
The Word of God and Revelation In the Christian world view the Bible is the Word of God and Jesus Christ the Son of God is the essential emphasis of revelation. God has shown Himself equally in the transcribed Word which is the Bible and in the mortal word which is Jesus Christ. (Muehlenberg, 2013) The Christian world view holds that Jesus Christ didn’t just bring a revelation from God the Father, but is He Himself the revelation of God. All Scripture (the entire Bible) is inspired by God, and is authoritative in all it upholds. (Muehlenberg, 2013) The New Testament canon ended of with the book of Revelation, and more statements of inspired literatures are to be excluded.
The unforeseen plan set by God examines the faithfulness of the people as they rely only on their trust in God’s promise of delivering justice to their oppressors. Habakkuk express concern for Yahweh’s faithfulness towards the righteous whereas Yahweh attempts to distinguish the individuals who remained trustful from the corrupt sinners.
This means that Scripture gives us everything that we need in order to be obedient to God. It teaches us truths about God, salvation, and everything of eternal significance. DeYoung claims that one reason this doctrine is so important is because Jesus is often identified as the Logos or Word (John 1). God speaks though Jesus because he is “God’s full and final revelation of himself (50).” This is a truth that is deeply woven into Scripture and shows us the importance of Scripture in pointing man to God. The doctrine of sufficiency also means that no one should take away or add to scripture.
This forces us to continually seek him with our own accord to strengthen our relationship with God, because our purpose for creation is to worship him, and sin is a reminder for which Graham articulated, “that we cannot live without a god, even if it is a god of our own making” (Graham, 2009, 29). After the fall comes redemption, redemption is the doctrine that shows how merciful God is towards his sinful creations. God, through his mercy, provides his son Jesus Christ as the ultimate sacrifice to redeem and cleanse the sin of his worshipers. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ allows anyone that accepts Christ as the one true Lord and Savior may enter into the kingdom of God and live eternally without any pain or sorrow. Through these doctrines, Christian’s can stand firm in their beliefs and
He especially reacted against the sacraments of penance and purgatory. Luther built his case based on his studies of Paul’s letters to the Romans and the Galatians. For him, saving grace comes not from the righteousness we perform, but is entirely an alien (foreign) righteousness from Christ credited to our account. He called this the doctrine of Justification by Faith alone. While Luther understood faith as the means of justification, he also understood the ground of justification to be nothing more than the grace and mercy of God shown to sinners because of the perfect life and work of Christ.
Although the access to it is free, it requires a ready and willing response of acceptance on the part of the individual. As scripture points out, “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:22-23); this is the general characteristic of all mankind; all have sinned in Adam; are guilty by his sin, polluted with it and condemned because of it. Secondly, all of mankind who know good from bad, by their own actual transgressions are sinners. This is the case of the whole world regarding sin and condemnation.
In the New Testament, we read of Paul's admonition to Timothy: “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim 3:14-17). It is useful to study this exhortation in some detail since it is so basic to our understanding of the importance of Bible study. Continue in the things thou hast learned (v. 14). This