E) The parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25) among others. THE PURPOSE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT MESSAGE: The below summary may help the believer to have a sound faith: I) the modern believer need to appreciate among other things that the grand subject is that of Salvation and the redemption message of how Christ came from heaven to earth. Christ came to seek and to save the lost. Man became sinner because of the Adamic nature and needs a savior (Romans 3:23, 6:23). ii) Those who believe in Christ become sons of God (John1:10, 12) and they will not be condemned (John3:16-18), the believers are entitled for eternal life.
Amillennialists believe the binding of Satan is a symbol for the gospel being spread currently among the earth. Next, Revelation 20:4-6 depicts the first resurrection, when only the people who did not receive the mark of the beast and those who died for the word of Jesus were risen. Premillennialists translate this part of the passage as a literal bodily resurrection as the Millennium begins. Amillennialists would disagree and say that the people who died are already with Jesus and reigning with Him until the second coming. Postmillennialists see this passage as the future victory of Christianity in the world (ESV Study Bible
The form of our sanctification, which are grace and the virtues, and the ultimate end of our sanctification, which is eternal life. And all these are signified by the Sacraments. Consequently, a Sacrament is a sign that is both a reminder of the past that is the passion of Christ and an indication of that which is effected in us by Christ’s Passion. That is grace and a prognostic that is a foretelling of future.” St. Augustine has a different way of explaining the Sacraments, he identifies them as visible words to
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
The primary purpose, according to John 20:31, is that the readers, “may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” One website coexists with this, describing John as “not an autobiography” but “an aid to personal faith” (Akostenberger). However, the purpose has still been debated. For instance, the very statement from John 20:31 is interpreted as either to strengthen the faith of those who were already saved or so those who are not saved may believe in Christ. The former is regarded as the primary theory, while the latter is seen to be its significant secondary purpose (Hwang). Another theory by H. Windisch seemingly overlooks John 20:31, stating that the Book of John was written to supersede the other gospels.
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. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ
The righteous will be raised to life at Jesus’ second coming. “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an angel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.” - 1 Thessalonians 4:16. The unrighteous are raised in a separate resurrection, the resurrection of condemnation. Jesus said, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” - John 5:28-29.
Even in Genesis God had a plan to bring His people back to Him after Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:15, ESV). God sent His Son to be the ultimate sacrifice for the human race. But in order for this to make since, God’s people had to understand the punishment for their sin. This story throughout the Bible gives us hope and an understanding of what we need to do. There are times in our lives that we also need to die to ourselves and follow Christ.
Luke is emphasizing that Jesus’s birth was foreseen. John the Baptist is also the one to baptize Jesus later in the Gospel. And this event of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist is told in both
Paul writes his letter to the people of Galatia to remind them that the law of Moses died on the cross with Jesus. It no longer mattered if you were circumcised what mattered was that you had faith in the Lord and Jesus Christ. The people of Galatia needed to stop listening to false teachers who were keeping them from being saved and focus back to the teachings of