I’m certain we all have an image of God that becomes the touchstone” (19). Father Boyle is my touchstone. I think of him when I think of God’s work. Father Boyle is living a life Jesus wants us to. He has put himself in danger to help the homies.
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
This brings us to the third aspect of Paul’s pnuematology. Paul is truly Trinitarian in that he understands that God is truly one and personal, that the Spirit is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ and that they are both personal and divine. In spite of this, the Spirit is distinct from the Father and from the Son. Fee also observes that Paul’s interest in Christ and the Spirit is “not with the nature of their being God, but with their role in salvation and Christian experience” (Fee, 33). Christ and his work help define the Spirit and his work in the Christian life (Fee, 32).
In order to find your true identity you have to open the ultimate Truth, God's Word. His Word tells us that we are children of God, a brand new creation in Him, a masterpiece, restored, and made right through Him. 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." So, who are you? And where do you find your identity?
What benefit is it to a believer to submit? Paul tells his listener this because submission is a part of man’s testimony of faith. Submission to God believes that God is completely sovereign and has His children’s best interest in mind. When Paul tells the reader to submit to the governing authorities, he is talking about the good and the bad rulers. Rome had some good rulers, but Rome also suffered under some horrific rulers such as Caligula and Nero.
How does one live a life as a Christian that honors and glorifies God? The answer is by reflecting Christ’s image by acting as He would in every situation. Because of what Jesus has done for sinners on the cross, they desire to live by His example in order to give Him glory. However, living a Christ-like life can only happen through the work of the Holy Spirit, who comes in to sinner’s hearts when they first put their trust in Jesus and the cross, growing them and making them more like Jesus. Many characters in books, stories, and movies have Christ-like qualities and characteristics, an example of this being Harper Lee’s masterpiece.
Brueggemann explains inherency as the way christianity has developed and the structure over time. Christians have an image whereas believing, trusting, and having faith in Him will lead living their life as God expects them to and blessings will overflow. God is the Holy Spirit, everlasting
The Filioque was one of the most important ones. A passage in the Nicene Creed of 325 BC contained the following: “And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified.” This would mean that the Holy Spirit derives from the father only, which didn’t coincide with the thought of the church in the East, where they believed that the Holy Spirit derived from the Father and the Son. Because of this, and addition was made to the Nicene Creed, where it was written: “And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son ….” This addition was considered illegal by the church in the East. Pugliese summarizes the importance of the insertion of “and from the Son” in the theological debates that ensued: The question concerning the filioque is not whether the Son plays a role in the generation of the Holy Spirit, nor whether the Son is second in logical order in the Trinity, since the eastern Churches admit that the Holy Spirit proceeds through (Gk. διά) the Son.
Finally, the New Covenant establishes supremacy over all previous agreements. Through the existence of God’s son, we are reborn to a personal commitment to the Father. As humanity grew, so has the personal commitment to the father. “The Spirit as the minister of the grace of God in new relationship, as opposed to a sacramentally infused substance,” (Saucy, M. 2014, p. 58). The forefathers have brought the covenants to humanity as God’s highest desire to preside in love with human kind; therefor, as God’s children there is an obligation to grow in understanding and abide by these
God has even promised us as His children that we shall obtain holiness: “Holiness is not only expected; it is the promised birthright of every Christian” (14). Bridges makes it very clear that God is the only way we can ever achieve this holiness. “Only through God’s Word are our minds remolded and our values renewed” (85). Jesus has given us the tools we need to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him and it is now up to us to close this gap by repenting our sins, renewing our values, and changing how we think and act in the world. It can be intimidating to know that the Lord expects us to live out our lives in Holiness but Bridges made it evident that He does not seek perfection, for only He is truly spotless.