What does Jesus Reveal to Us about God? (John 5:19)
You have arrived to the following page: God’s Character Revealed by Jesus / What Does Jesus Reveal to Us About God?(See also John 5:19) In John 5:19, Jesus shows God to us in a flawless way, and this is the truth offered.Jesus explains that He only performs what He sees the Father doing in order to please Him.Throughout Jesus’ whole earthly mission, he accomplished nothing that God was not already doing, and nothing that God would not eventually do himself.
Jesus follows in the footsteps of God and only acts in the manner in which God would behave.This study is an extract from the Gospel Dictionary online course, which I teach on the internet.This study examines 52 important phrases from the Gospel of Matthew as well as hundreds of biblical passages.The course includes more than 100 hours of Bible instruction.You may participate in the course by becoming a member of my online discipleship group.
What does John 5:19 Show Us About the Character of God?
5:19 (John 5:19).And Jesus responded by telling them, ″Most surely, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself except what He sees the Father do; for whatever the Father does, the Son likewise does in the same manner.″ The Gospel of John, though it is a basic concept of the New Testament that Jesus exposes God to us, stands out as one of the most important books in the New Testament in terms of revealing this central principle.The Gospel of John, more than any other New Testament book, aspires to demonstrate that Jesus was God in the flesh and, as a result, can be believed when He urges people to place their faith in Him as the only way to obtain everlasting life (John 3:16; John 5:24; John 6:47).Over and over again throughout the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus remark to people that if they want to know what God looks like, all they have to do is look at Him.
Jesus is the means through which God is shown to this world.It is crucial to clarify, however, that when Jesus says this, He is not referring to God’s bodily appearance.Instead, He is referring to the spiritual appearance of God.In light of the fact that God is ″spirit″ (John 4:24), He does not have a physical body in the same manner that Jesus does.In spite of the fact that Jesus is entirely God, this does not imply that God Himself is a tanned, Middle-Eastern Jewish guy in his mid-thirties with a beard, dark brown hair, and calloused hands from many days of carpentry labor in the Middle East.While it is true that ″God looks just like Jesus,″ it is more correct to add that ″God acts exactly like Jesus″ from a theological perspective.
This is the reality that Jesus reveals in John 5:19, according to the Bible.Jesus explains that He only performs what He sees the Father doing in order to please Him.Throughout Jesus’ whole earthly mission, he accomplished nothing that God was not already doing, and nothing that God would not eventually do himself.Jesus follows in the footsteps of God and only acts in the manner in which God would behave.
- It follows, in a same vein, that God does nothing that Jesus would not approve of himself.
- If Jesus only does what He sees the Father doing, then Jesus will always do what the Father is doing at any given time.
- As a result, whatever the Father does, Jesus will likewise do as well.
- Moreover, if Jesus does not do something, this is due to the fact that the Father does not do it as well.
As a result, when Jesus declines to burn down a city because the people have rejected Him and His teaching (Luke 9:54-55), it implies that God would also refrain from doing so.When Jesus refuses to condemn offenders, but instead forgives them (Matt 9:5-6; Luke 7:48; Matthew 23:34), it demonstrates that God operates in a similar manner toward sinners as well.In addition, he does not judge, but rather freely forgives.The person of Jesus is always beneficial when reading Scripture and attempting to grasp what God may think about a certain issue or how God could behave toward a particular individual.Consider how Jesus may act in that scenario or how Jesus could respond to that person.It is possible that Jesus would act in that situation or respond to that person.
- Once you have grasped this concept, you will have a better understanding of God’s thoughts and actions.
- God is shown to us via Jesus, who demonstrates how God behaves and acts.
- If you can’t see Jesus doing or saying anything, then it’s likely that God would also refrain from doing or saying it.
What does John 10:30 Show Us About the Character of God?
The Gospel of John 10:30.My Father and I are one and the same.Furthermore, Jesus explains in John 10:30 that He and the Father are of one thought and intent, indicating that their activities are a perfect model for how God should act.When Jesus says, ″I and my Father are one,″ he is not necessarily alluding to the doctrine of trinitarian unity (though that is part of it).
The Father’s values, aims, and purpose are completely linked with Jesus’ goals, values, purpose, mission, and vision, which Jesus is asserting.They are not at odds with one another when it comes to their beliefs and feelings about humanity, sin, and salvation.This is a significant truth because there have been some in Christianity who have argued that the ″God of the Old Testament″ was a God of law, vengeance, and warfare, who desired blood sacrifice to appease His wrath and bloody violence against His enemies, and who desired blood sacrifice to appease His wrath.The Gospels, on the other hand, do not include any indications of such inclinations, leading some to believe that Jesus exposes a ″new″ side of God, or a ″different″ facet of God, than that which is revealed in the New Testament itself.Nonetheless, if God the Father came to the world by violence and slaughter, and Jesus came to the world through love and forgiveness, wouldn’t these two ways be diametrically opposed to one another?They very certainly would.
God the Father and Jesus Christ do not engage in a game of ″Good Cop, Bad Cop″ with humans as they do with other creatures.There is no division among them; they are united in purpose and behavior toward mankind, especially in the way shown in Jesus.There is no schism or schizophrenia in the Godhead; there is no schizophrenia in the Triune God.God is One, having just one mind, one objective, and one purpose in mind.
What does John 14:9 Show Us About the Character of God?
14:9 (John 14:9) ″Have I been with you for such a long time, and yet you have not recognized Me, Philip?″ Jesus inquired.″How can you demand, ‘Show us the Father,’ when anyone who has seen Me has also seen the Father?″ he asks.The disciples, like so many other followers of Jesus, wished to have a more personal relationship with the Almighty.However, the disciples, like many other followers of Jesus, were unaware that Jesus was in the process of completely revealing to them what God was like.
As a result, during Jesus’ final hours with them before He was to be crucified, the disciples begged Jesus to teach them plainly about God and even to show them what God looked like.They desired to glimpse the glory of God, just as Moses desired to do in Exodus 33:18, and they were successful.″Have I been with you for such a long time, and yet you have not recognized Me, Philip?″ says Jesus in response.″He who has seen Me has seen the Father,″ says the Savior.Jesus is basically saying, ″What do you think I’ve been showing you these last three years?″ in other words.I’ve been demonstrating God’s character to you.
In listening to Me, you have also been listening to the Father, who has spoken to you.It follows that if you have witnessed what I do, you have witnessed what the Father does.″Look at Me if you want to know what God is like!″ says the Lord.Although it is unknown whether or not the disciples understood Jesus’ statements, it is apparent that the majority of Christians today have not yet grasped the significance of these frightening words.
- Jesus’ words and acts caused the disciples a great deal of consternation, since much of what He said and did did not match up with what they believed God had said and done in the Hebrew Scriptures.
- Instead of striking down His adversaries and commanding that His followers keep their distance from offenders, God in the Bible appeared to forgive His enemies and regularly dined with sinners.
- Instead of requiring rigorous compliance with rules, regulations, and sacrifice systems, God in the Bible seems to encourage and encourage people to shun and forsake such things.
- To comprehend why the disciples ultimately questioned Jesus, ″When are you going to start performing the things that God does?″ is reasonable.
It’s not that we haven’t learned anything from the Bible yet; it’s just that so far, what you’ve been doing doesn’t appear to be anything like the God we thought we knew from the Bible.″ The words of Jesus are a gentle reprimand and corrective to this way of thinking, addressed both to His disciples at the time of His death and to His followers today.Jesus essentially tells them that what they have seen and heard in Him is the actual revelation of God, and that if it conflicts with their preconceived notions of what God is like, they must modify their preconceived notions of God.Jesus showed the Father to people in a flawless way during His work, so if they want to see the Father, they shouldn’t start with the Hebrew Scriptures, but rather should start with gazing at Jesus.By looking at Jesus, people will be able to see the Father.Take special note of what this signifies.The Father’s ″dark side″ was never shown to us during Jesus’ earthly career, thus if God genuinely has a dark and violent side, and this side never arises during Jesus’ earthly mission, then Jesus would be lying when He claims that He exposes the Father to us.
- This places us in a position of having to choose between what Jesus asserts about His revelation of God and what we believe.
- Either the statements of Jesus can be accepted, indicating that God is non-violent like Jesus, or God does have a violent streak that is not seen in Jesus, indicating that Jesus is lying.
- The decision is straightforward.
- In the same way that Jesus does not lie, God does not either.
- Regarding the scope of His revelation of God, Jesus is being completely honest.
- He provides us with a complete revelation of God.
To understand what God the Father is like, we just need to look at Jesus, who embodies all that God the Father is.As a result, because Jesus does not disclose a dark and violent strain in God’s character, it follows that God does not possess such a violent streak in his nature.As soon as we come to this awareness, we are able to reevaluate and re-study the ″violent″ depictions of God that are found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures with fresh eyes.The Hebrew Scriptures do not have to be written off as hopelessly erroneous; rather, they may be examined through a lens of the crucified Christ to discover what they truly say about God and his goal of redemption for mankind, as well as sin and humanity’s response to God’s plan of redemption.Understanding the Gospel necessitates a thorough understanding of the major words and terminology that are used in the Gospel.You may learn more about the 52 important words of the Gospel by taking my course, ″The Gospel Dictionary,″ which includes hundreds of Bible texts that include these terms.
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What does God say about me?
Question Answer Before we look at what the Bible says about an individual, we need to dismantle a concept that is growing in popularity within modern Christianity.A misleading message, espoused by various media preachers, best-selling authors, and prosperity teachers, is that it is ALL about me.God is about me.The Bible is about me.
The universe is about me.Within this ideology is the misguided idea that God exists for me.Instead of God creating man in His image, we have tried to recreate God in our image.God has much to say about us as a human race, though, and there is much we can learn about ourselves as individuals in the Bible.When we read what the Bible says about us, we must use the lenses of reverence and humility.God’s decision to communicate with us is not a cause for arrogance on our part but of infinite gratitude.
In order to understand what God says about me, I must understand what God says about Himself.Otherwise, it doesn’t matter.Unless God is who He says He is, then it matters little who He says I am.One thing that God says about me is that I am created in His image (Genesis 1:27).
- (Genesis 1:27).
- God spoke most of creation into being, but when He created mankind, He did it differently.
- He got down in the dirt, formed a man from the clay He had created, and then breathed His own life into that man.
- At that moment, man became “a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).
(Genesis 2:7).God later fashioned a woman from the man’s rib and joined the man and woman together as husband and wife (Genesis 2:21–24).These human beings were separate from the animals and plants that also had life.The man and woman had the breath of God in their lungs.They were given an eternal spirit, just as God has.Those spirits would live forever, and it was God’s plan that they exist eternally in fellowship with Him.
- Another thing that God says about me is that I am a sinner, separated from God.
- Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and that act brought sin into God’s perfect world (Genesis 2:16–17; Genesis 3).
- From that time on, all human beings are born with their first parents’ sin nature (Romans 5:12).
- (Romans 5:12).
- The sin nature that we inherit—and the sin that we personally commit—separates us from God’s holy presence (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
- (Romans 3:23; 6:23).
Another thing that God says about me is that my Creator loves me.He does not have to.But His very nature is love (1 John 4:8), and He sets His love upon us.In His love, God actively works for our lasting good, even to the point of sacrificing Himself to save us (Romans 5:8).(Romans 5:8).Another thing that God says about me is that He designed me to fulfill a unique purpose (Psalm 139:13–16).
- God has made each of us exactly the way He wants for His glory and to bring about His will.
- Even our struggles and frailties exist to accentuate His grace and cause us to cling to Him (see Exodus 4:11).
- (see Exodus 4:11).
- Then God demonstrated His love in the most generous act the world will ever know.
- He sent His own Son, Jesus, to earth to take the punishment our sins deserve (John 3:16–18; Colossians 2:14; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
- Something else that God says about me is that I belong to one of two groups: the children of God or the children of the devil (1 John 3:7–10).
- The children of God are those who have faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
- They have received a full pardon, the forgiveness of sin, and eternal life (John 1:12).
- (John 1:12).
- They are adopted into God’s family (Romans 10:9–13).
- The children of the devil are those who reject Christ and His offer of salvation.
- They are still in their sins and under the condemnation of God.
- Colossians 3:1–17 explains the difference between those under the wrath of God and those who have been restored by God.
- So, what God says about me depends upon my standing with Christ.
- To those who reject Him, He says, “Repent and turn to Me” (see Acts 3:19).
- (see Acts 3:19).
- To those who receive Him, He says, “Friend, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20) and “Be holy as I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15–16).
- God’s children are already adopted, justified, and dearly loved.
- But He wants His children to take on a family resemblance.
- He saves us so that He can conform us into the likeness of Jesus (Romans 8:29).
- (Romans 8:29).
- When I have been adopted by God as His child, He has much to say about me.
- I have a new identity (John 3:3).
- (John 3:3).
- I am no longer a child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3), destined for an eternity without God (Matthew 25:41).
- (Matthew 25:41).
- I am “in Christ,” covered by His righteousness and fully accepted by God (Philippians 1:1).
- (Philippians 1:1).
- God says that I am no longer under condemnation (Romans 8:1); He no longer sees my imperfections; He sees the righteousness of His Son instead (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12).
- (Ephesians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12).
- God says that I am more than a conqueror “through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
- (Romans 8:37).
- He says that I “may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4).
- (2 Peter 1:4).
On Judgment Day, what God says about me will make all the difference for eternity.God’s words to people on that Day will be either, “I never knew you.Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:23) or, “Well done, good and faithful servant!…Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23).
- When we stand before God, what He says about us will be determined by our relationship, by faith, to Jesus Christ (John 3:18).
- (John 3:18).
- God sent His one and only Son to pay the price we owed.
- We must answer this question: “What will I do with Christ?” Return to: Questions about Humanity What does God say about me?
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Who Does God Say That I Am?
There are several texts in the New Testament that include biblical affirmations concerning our identity in Christ, and we have compiled a collection of such affirmations below.This is only a small sample of the numerous facts about who we have become as a result of our trust in God’s Son, but it is a powerful inventory to keep on hand from time to time for reflection.All quotations are taken from the NET Bible.
I am a child of God.
He has, on the other hand, granted the right to become God’s children to everyone who have welcomed him—those who believe in his name… (See also John 1:12).
I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life.
My Father is the genuine vine, and I am the true vine’s gardener. I’m the vine, and you’re the branches on which I grow. The one who remains in me—and I remain in him—bears abundant fruit, because you can achieve nothing unless you remain in me (John 15:1, 5).
I am a friend of Jesus.
The term ″slaves″ has been dropped from my vocabulary since a slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have referred to you as friends because I have shared what I have learned from my Father with you (John 15:15).
I have been justified and redeemed.
They are, on the other hand, justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is found in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24).
My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin.
Knowing that our old man was crucified with him, we may be assured that the body of sin will no longer govern us, and that we will no longer be bound to sin would no longer exist (Romans 6:6).
I will not be condemned by God.
Therefore, people who believe in Jesus Christ are no longer under any condemnation whatsoever (Romans 8:1).
I have been set free from the law of sin and death.
Because the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death, you are no longer under the authority of those laws (Romans 8:2).
As a child of God, I am a fellow heir with Christ.
In addition, since we are children, we are heirs (specifically, God’s heirs as well as fellow heirs with Christ), if indeed we suffer with him in order that we may also be exalted with him (Romans 8:17).
I have been accepted by Christ.
Therefore, receive one another in the same way that Christ received you, for the glory of God (Romans 15:7).
I have been called to be a saint.
… To the church of God in Corinth, to those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus and have been called to be saints, as well as to all those in every area who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and our Lord.. (1 Corinthians 1:2). Paul’s letter to the Philippians is also included in Ephesians 1:1 and Colossians 1:2.
In Christ Jesus, I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.
He is the reason you have a connection with Christ Jesus, who became for you God’s wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, as well as righteousness and sanctification for ourselves.. (1 Corinthians 1:30).
My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me.
What part of you is unaware that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit is inside you (Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:19)?
I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him.
The one who is connected with the Lord, on the other hand, is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17).
God leads me in the triumph and knowledge of Christ.
Nevertheless, praise be to God, who continually leads us in triumphant procession in Christ and who makes known in every place through us the fragrance that is composed of the knowledge of him (2 Corinthians 2:14).
The hardening of my mind has been removed in Christ.
Their thoughts, on the other hand, were closed. For even now, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, the same barrier remains between them./netbible2/index.php?header=&book=2co&chapter=3 / It has not been eliminated since it is only through Christ that it is removed (2 Corinthians 3:14).
I am a new creature in Christ.
Accordingly, everybody who belongs to Jesus Christ has been transformed into a new creature; what was old has gone away-look, what is new has arrived (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
I have become the righteousness of God in Christ.
God caused the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would be made the righteousness of God (Rom. 5:20–23). (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I have been made one with all who are in Christ Jesus.
There is no longer a distinction between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female; rather, all of you are united in Christ Jesus as a community of believers (Galatians 3:28).
I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir.
Consequently, you are no longer a slave but rather a son, and if you are a son, you are also an heir by the grace of God (Galatians 4:7).
I have been set free in Christ.
Christ has made us free in exchange for our freedom. So, maintain your resolve and refuse to be subjected to the yoke of servitude once more (Galatians 5:1).
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has lavished upon us every spiritual blessing available in the heavenly regions through his Son Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God.
Because he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, he desires for us to be spotless and pristine in his eyes, and he does this out of love for us (Ephesians 1:4).
I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ.
According to the riches of his grace, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, and eternal life in him (Ephesians 1:7).
I have been predestined by God to obtain an inheritance.
As God’s own ownership in Christ, we have also been claimed as God’s own possession, having been predestined according to the one purpose of him who does all things according to the counsel of his own will (Ephesians 1:11).
I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) and put your faith in Christ, you were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, which was placed on your forehead (Ephesians 1:13).
Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ.
But God, being rich in compassion, and because of the great love with which he loved us, even while we were dead in our sins, raised us up with Christ, and it is by grace that we are saved (Ephesians 2:4-5)!
I am seated in the heavenly places with Christ.
… And in Christ Jesus, he brought us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms.. (Ephesians 2:6).
I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works.
After all, we are God’s handiwork, having been made in Christ Jesus for good works, which God planned in advance so that we may perform them (Ephesians 2:10).
I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ.
But now, by the blood of Christ, you who were once far away have been brought close by the love of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).
I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise.
They are coheirs with Christ, comembers of the body, and coparticipants in the promise that has been made to them through Christ (Ephesians 3:6). (See also Ephesians 5:30 for further information.)
I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ.
[…] In him we have confidence and bravery in our approach to God as a result of Christ’s fidelity (Ephesians 3:12).
My new self is righteous and holy.
… Put on the new man, who has been made in God’s image—in righteousness and holiness that comes from the knowledge of the truth (Ephesians 4:24).
I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord.
As a result, you were once darkness, but you are now light/netbible2/index.php?header=&book=eph&chapter=5… There is light in the Lord. Children of the light should walk as such (Ephesians 5:8).
I am a citizen of heaven.
However, our citizenship is in heaven, and we are also looking forward to the arrival of a rescuer from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.. (Philippians 3:20).
The peace of God guards my heart and mind.
As a result, the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds as you follow Christ (Philippians 4:7).
God supplies all my needs.
And my God will provide for all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus, which will beyond all of your expectations (Philippians 4:19).
I have been made complete in Christ.
… You have been filled with him, who is the supreme ruler and authority in the universe (Colossians 2:10).
I have been raised up with Christ.
As a result, if you have been raised with Christ, continue to seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right side of the Father (Colossians 3:1).
My life is hidden with Christ in God.
… Because you have died, your life has been hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3).
Christ is my life, and I will be revealed with Him in glory.
When Christ (who is your life) arrives, you will be revealed with him in glory, and you will be like him (Colossians 3:4).
I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved.
As a result, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly beloved, wrap yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.. (Colossians 3:12).
God loves me and has chosen me.
We are aware, brothers and sisters who are beloved by God, that he has selected you.. (1 Thessalonians 1:4). Because the more we accept these biblical realities regarding our identity in Christ, we will be able to be more secure, appreciative, and completely confident in our lives in this world.
What Did Jesus Teach about Prayer?
There are a total of ten articles in the What Did Jesus Teach? series.
Teach Us to Pray
What did Jesus have to say about praying?It is possible to provide a rather simple solution to this issue by citing Christ’s own response to a request made by one of his disciples: ″Lord, show us how to pray…″ (See also Luke 11:1).As a result, the Lord responds by providing what has become known as the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:2–4).One of Christ’s followers, however, made this request after observing Christ’s personal prayer practice (Luke 11:1, ″Now Jesus was praying in a specific area…
″), and this was the catalyst for the request.So, any attempt to respond to what Jesus taught about prayer would almost surely be a dud if we do not first realize that Jesus himself was a man of prayer and the reasons for which he spent so much time praying.
In the Beginning, God…
‘From the womb,’ says God the Father, and he ″made″ Jesus rely on his mother’s breasts for sustenance (Ps.22:9).As a result, from the beginning of his life to the conclusion, God shaped Jesus into a man who prayed constantly (Luke 23:46).Our Lord might declare, as the psalmist did, ″For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my childhood.″ For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
My dependence on you dates back to my conception; you are the one who delivered me from my mother’s womb.″You are the object of my worship at all times″ (Ps.71:5–6).The reason for this is because God establishes power via the lips of newborns (Ps.8:2).Jesus got older and became ″strong and full with wisdom″ as a result of God’s favor being bestowed upon him (Luke 2:40).
His habits of grace were deeply ingrained in him, and he was always about his Father’s business, receiving instruction from him each morning (Isa.50:4–6).Jesus was taught by the Father to rely on him completely, especially in prayer.
The Prayers of Jesus
Based on the substance and form of Jesus’ prayers throughout his earthly ministry, this book instructs readers on the reasons for praying and the types of prayers they should say.The relationship between Christ and his Father teaches us a great deal about prayer.When Jesus spoke of his business at his Father’s home in Luke 2, he expressed his allegiance to his Father, which was the first documented instance of his speaking of his allegiance to his Father.″’Father, into your hands I submit my spirit!’″ are the final known words of Jesus, which express his faith in his heavenly Father: ″’Father, into your hands I surrender my spirit!’″ After saying this, he took his final breath.″ (See Luke 23:46.) If we look at the life of Christ, prayer is an intimate exchange with our heavenly Father.
When it came to praying to God, addressing him as ″my Father″ was nearly unheard of during the time of Christ.In prayer, Jews commonly addressed God as Yahweh, my Lord, my God, or the God of my father, among other titles.″At that time, Jesus exclaimed, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…’″ These words of Christ are absolutely without precedent: ″ (See Matthew 11:25.) It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about set liturgical prayer or spontaneous ″free prayer,″ there is no equivalent in Jewish literature from the historical period that compares to what Jesus did in his life of prayer, which was definitely an example for those who would be called after him.As a result, Jesus revolutionizes prayer in a way that is commensurate with the revolutionary nature of his ministry.The extremely devoted Jew (Jesus) refers to God almost entirely as ″Father″ in his recorded petitions, despite the fact that there are no earlier examples of devout Jews addressing God as ″Father″ in their prayers.
There has to be a very good cause for this change in direction.The Aramaic term abba refers to a bond between a father and a kid.Prior to the time of Christ, Aramaic-speaking children would learn to address their parents as abba and imma, respectively.It was not just little children who referred to their father as abba during Christ’s lifetime; it was even mature children who addressed their father in this manner.
- Jews, on the other hand, would have considered addressing God as abba to be insulting.
- That which our Lord accomplished was revolutionary in terms of how we approach God, as I’ve stated.
- Even if Jesus was not who he claimed to be (the only-begotten Son), we would have reason to join the Jews in accusing him of blasphemy: ″This was why the Jews were attempting all the more to have him killed, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.″ (See also John 5:18.) It is still most acceptable to call Jesus as Father because of his one-of-a-kind and hence particular connection with the Father, which has not changed.
- ″All things have been handed over to me by my Father,″ Christ says in the audible prayer recorded in Matthew 11:27.
″No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.″ The intimate relationship Christ and the Father enjoyed manifests itself clearly in the audible prayer recorded in Matthew 11:27, ″And no one knows the Son except the Father,″ Christ says.Because of the closeness that is plainly shown in the reciprocal awareness that Father and Son have of one another, Jesus appropriately refers to him as Father and prepares the path for us to do the same in our own lives.
The Bond of Prayer
As our intercessor, Jesus brings us closer to God, but he does it by pouring out his Spirit onto us, causing our own prayer lives to mirror his in terms of the way the Holy Spirit bonds us to our heavenly Father.Aside from his unique relationship with the Father as the Son of God, Jesus also addressed the Father as Father because of the tremendous indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in his life.Christ’s Spirit is not just a gift from the Father (Matt.10:20), but also a gift from the Son (Gal.
4:6).The Holy Spirit serves as the link between the three persons of the Trinity and, as a result, as the agent of love that unites the Father and the Son.We shouldn’t be surprised, then, if the Messiah presents himself as the man of the Spirit par excellence during his earthly career as the God-man during his earthly ministry as the God-man.As the prophet Isaiah predicted hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, the Spirit of the LORD would rest upon him, ″the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,″ ″the Spirit of counsel and might,″ ″the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD,″ and ″the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD″ (Isa.11:2 see also Isa.42:1; 61:1).
The Holy Spirit was identified with Christ as his inseparable terrestrial and (now even more so) heavenly companion during his earthly ministry.The Holy Spirit was poured into Christ’s heart so that Christ may call out to God as ″Abba!Father!″ in a natural, frequent, and joyous manner (Rom.8:15).
- His spirit received confirmation from the Holy Spirit that he was the Son of God (cf.
- Our adoption as children of God is confirmed by the Spirit, but this is only real because the Spirit comes from the hand of Christ, who allows us to share in the pleasure he had as God’s only begotten Son and Savior.
As our intercessor, Jesus draws us closer to God, but he does it by pouring out his Spirit upon us, causing our own prayer lives to mirror his own.Given the closeness of his connection with the Father, Christ would have felt the most misery, frustration, and dissatisfaction if he had been unable to rely on him in this way.It would have amounted to an unavoidable rejection of ″paternity″ in the strictest sense.However, because no one else may claim to be the Father’s only begotten son, Christ was given the distinct delight and honor of revealing God in this fashion to those who were conscious of his Messianic calling throughout his lifetime.
What does Jesus have to say to us about praying?In prayer, Jesus demonstrates his relationship with God.But, more precisely, we are presented with a triune God who draws us closer to himself via prayer: we pray to our Father in the name of the Son by the power of the Spirit, and we are drawn closer to him.Praying in a manner that is not trinitarian does not constitute Christian prayer.
Not only does Jesus provide us with a wonderful example of what a life of prayer looks like, but he also intercedes on our behalf in such a way that we are able to follow his example of ″loud cries and tears″ (Heb.5:7) with our own to a God who will hear us too because of our reverence for him and because he is our heavenly Father.In The Prayers of Jesus: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior, Mark Jones explains how to listen to and learn from our Savior’s prayers.Mark Jones is the pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and a research associate at the University of the Free State in South Africa.He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Free State.On Christology and the Christian life, he has written several books and given numerous talks all over the world, including in China.
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What Did Jesus Say About the Bible?
What did Jesus have to say about the books of the Old Testament?Finding a clear picture of how Jesus viewed the Old Testament law might be challenging.His statements included the following: ″The law and the prophets were in effect until John.″ Since then, the good news of God’s kingdom has been spread, and everyone has been attempting to enter it with bated breath.Although heaven and earth can both pass away, it is much more difficult for a single letter to be struck from the books of law.″ 16-17; (Luke 16:16-17.) For further information, see Matthew 5:17-20 and Matthew 11:12-13.
The significance of these passages is not immediately apparent.They can be taken as Jesus stating that the Old Testament law no longer applies as of the time of John the Baptist.However, they can also be taken as Jesus stating that every single provision of the Old Testament law would continue to be in effect until the end of the world.So, how do we go about resolving this issue?What are we, as followers of Jesus now, to make of the law of the Old Testament?″For the law was delivered through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,″ says John, directing our attention in the correct path.
(See also John 1:17) It is critical to recognize that people in Jesus’ day did not believe their scriptures were authored by God in the same manner that some Christians now believe our modern Bibles were written by God.Jesus, as well as the Jewish religious authorities with whom he was conversing, frequently referred to the Old Testament law as written by Moses rather than as authored by God.Example: Matthew 8:4, 22:24; Mark 1:14, 7:10, 10:2-4, 12:19; Luke 5:14, 20:28; 24:44; 1:45; 7:19; 7:23; John 1:14; Luke 5:14, 20:28; Luke 5:19; Luke 7:23.On one occasion, Jesus was asked a question about the legality of divorce, which he answered affirmatively.
- His response demonstrates that the regulations written by Moses were not always consistent with God’s law: A group of Pharisees approached him and put him to the test by asking, ″Is it legal to divorce one’s wife for any reason?″ He said, ″Have you not read that the one who created them from the beginning fashioned them male and female?″ he inquired.
- As a result, a man must abandon his father and mother in order to be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
- As a result, they are no longer two, but rather one flesh.
- In order to protect what God has brought together, let no one tear it apart.″ It was explained to him by his accusers: ″Why, therefore, would Moses tell one to issue a certificate of divorce and confine her?″ ″For your hardness of heart, Moses permitted you to divorce your wives, but this was not the case from the beginning…″ he explained to them…
See Matthew 19:5-9, as well as Mark 10:2-9, for further information.As a result, there is no clear explanation of Jesus’ attitude toward the Old Testament.He did, without a doubt, elevate his own teachings and interpretation of the law beyond what was stated in the Scriptures of the Old Testament.The Old Testament law could be summed up in two commands, according to Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 5:21-22; 27-28; 7:12; 12:1-8.Fortunately, he made it very clear that the Old Testament law could be summed up in just two commands, as recorded in Matthew: ″You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.″ This is the first and most important commandment of all.Then there’s the second, which says, ″You will love your neighbor as yourself.″ All of the law and the prophets are hung on these two commandments,″ says the author.
- (Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:37-40.) In addition, see Mark 12:28-34, and Luke 10:25-28).
- Is it still possible for God to communicate with us now through the Old Testament?
- Yes, he does, without a doubt.
- Nonetheless, this does not imply that we must meticulously scrutinize every word of the Old Testament law in search of specific principles that we should follow.
- We don’t have to be concerned about following the laws of the Old Testament.
- Fortunately, we have the two major commandments, as well as, more significantly, the mandates of Jesus.
The apostles were told by Jesus to educate new disciples to ″follow all that I have commanded you″ just before he left our planet (Matthew 28:20).Jesus’ commandments are straightforward, unambiguous, and practical, yet there aren’t many of them.In the last section of this page, there is a link to a list of Jesus’ orders, which is titled ″What does Jesus tell his followers to do?″ What did Jesus have to say about the Bible’s first five books?Jesus made no mention of the New Testament in his teachings.There were no New Testament books written during the time period in which Jesus was teaching.Even while Jesus stated that the Holy Spirit would continue to educate his disciples after he was no longer there, this has not been proven (John 14:26).
- His words, on the other hand, did not imply that the Holy Spirit would encourage his disciples to write books or letters to one another.
- What did Jesus have to say about the importance of studying the Bible?
- The only time Jesus mentioned studying the scriptures was at the Last Supper.
- He was speaking to religious leaders when he remarked, ″You study the Scriptures with zeal because you believe that they contain the keys to eternal life.
- ″ This is the identical Bible that testifies about me, and yet you reject to accept my offer of eternal life through me.″ (See John 5:39-40.) Some Christians have taken the phrase ″study the Scriptures attentively″ out of context and argue that Jesus is ordering his followers to study the scriptures in this passage.
- This is not the case, according to the Bible.
- This is not what he intended by his statements.
- The term ″you think″ can alternatively be rendered as ″imagine,″ ″suppose,″ or ″presume,″ depending on the context.
- While the religious leaders are being criticized for believing, imagining, supposing, or supposing that they would find eternal life in their scriptures, the fact is that those exact texts speak of Jesus, who is the only one who has the ability to provide them with eternal life.
- Prepare to be shocked: the following are some examples: Neither Jesus nor his apostles ever required nor encouraged their followers to read the Bible.
- Not that we shouldn’t study our Bibles, but Jesus lays a strong focus on instructing his followers to love one another, pray for one another, be humble, and serve others.
- As a result, these are the items on which we, his followers, should concentrate our efforts.
- The importance of studying the scriptures is not stressed by Jesus.
- In conclusion, while Jesus did not provide us with a clear grasp of how to read the Old Testament, he did elevate his own teachings above the requirements of the Old Testament law.
- The New Testament was not mentioned by Jesus at all.
- Jesus never instructed his disciples to study the scriptures.
- Articles that are related ″Does knowing the Bible make me a better person if I desire to know God?″ In what manner does Jesus tell his disciples to act?
- ″A word of caution before you read the articles concerning our Bible,″ says the introduction.
- ″I really like our Bible.″ How do we know that our Bible was inspired by God?
- ″What is the proof that our Bible was inspired by God?″ ″Who made the decision of which books would be included in our Bible?″ you might wonder.
- ″Can you tell me what Jesus had to say about prayer?″ ″Can you tell me what Jesus had to say about prayer?″ (Part 2).
- ″Can you tell me what Jesus thought of his own words?″
What did Jesus say?
The life of Jesus is so momentous that it divides our whole record of human history into two eras: the period before Christ and the period following Christ.Jesus traveled about the country for three years as a traveling Jewish teacher before being murdered in Jerusalem at the age of 33.He delivered sermons in synagogues as well as in the open air.He mentored his followers and achieved incredible feats of strength.
He lived out the beliefs he espoused, embraced a simple way of life, and made friends with those who were marginalized and socially undesirable in his society.In spite of his lack of formal education or riches, his lack of social or political ties, and his lack of an army, he spoke with such moral authority that large audiences were drawn to him.He exposed the hypocrisy of the religious leaders and challenged them.They were concerned that his growing popularity and power might jeopardize the durability of their tense relationship with the Roman authorities.Following his conviction for blasphemy by a Jewish court, he was sentenced to execution by crucifixion by Pontius Pilate, the governor of Rome at the time.After his death, his disciples attested that he had risen from the dead and returned to them.
During the following three hundred years, his message expanded across the Roman Empire and even to the rest of Europe.The spread of Jesus-following groups from Egypt to Armenia, from Britain to India, occurred without the use of military force and in spite of strong opposition and waves of government persecution.When they first met, their way of living was a challenge to the local culture.Jesus’ teaching and the celebration of Communion brought people from all walks of life together to learn from him.
- They were Jews, Gentiles, men, and women, rich and poor, slave and free.
- They took care of widows, orphans, the needy, and foreigners in their community.
- They saved abandoned newborns and, during major epidemics such as smallpox and the plague, they put their own lives in danger to care for the sick.
- Perhaps it isn’t a stretch to say that Jesus has remained the single most influential figure in all of human history.
Today, he and his teachings are followed by millions of people all over the world.Among others who were strongly impacted by him were Saint Francis of Assisi and Mother Teresa, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, to name a few.Numerous statements made by Jesus and events and persons associated with his life have become part of our everyday lingua franca.Example: the Good Samaritan, the prodigal son, ″going the additional mile,″ ″more love,″ ″wolf in sheep’s clothing,″ Lazarus, Judas, and Doubting Thomas are all characters in the Bible.Approximately 52 percent of Australians identified as Christian, according to the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.The concepts developed from his teachings serve as the foundation for our society, institutions, and cultural traditions.
- Our social service, health care, and education sectors would all be in ruins if it weren’t for the enormous contributions made by Christian-based organizations.
- But what was the message he was trying to convey?
- What exactly was he talking about?
- This is an excellent opportunity to think about his message in depth for yourself.
- The exact words of Jesus, whether in current English or in any other language, are readily available for study these days, thanks to the internet.
- His comments are straightforward and speak directly to the challenges of the day.
For those seeking the foundations of a life worth living, Jesus promises that his teaching will serve as a foundation for life, as well as a foundation for enduring life’s trials and difficulties.(″Construct your structure on solid rock!″) Individuals and communities who have grown cynical about Christian Churches and individuals who despair of organized Christianity with its hierarchies, traditions, divisions and politics can study the original instructions given by Jesus himself, the founding father of Christianity, at their leisure.″The more essential things,″ Jesus challenged the religious leaders of his day, calling on them to return to ″the more important things″ of justice, mercy and purity.(These are the more significant items.) Jesus expresses himself plainly to individuals who have been abused by Christian leaders or religious institutions.Those who inflict harm to children receive his most vehement censure, according to him.(″It’s better to be drowned!″ The gentle words of restoration spoken by Jesus to Peter, the disciple who had violently denied his Lord, may provide solace to anyone who feel they have failed as followers of Jesus.
- (″Follow me!″ says the narrator.
- I’d want to share my reasons for being a Christian with individuals who feel they can no longer accept the things they were taught, and perhaps even previously believed, in the past.
- (Why!) The reality of supernatural happenings is called into question by rationalists.
- Those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus might connect to the tale of Doubting Thomas, who hesitated to accept the stories of Jesus’ resurrection until he had seen the proof for himself.
- Their challenge is to come up with a credible explanation for the change in Thomas that led him to devote the last years of his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus throughout India, as well as to account for the millions of ″Thomas Christians″ who worship in Ma Thoma churches in Kerala State, India, as well as in cities all over the world, including the United States.
- (Faith, reason, and proof are three components of the argument.) If you’re looking for illumination, go no farther than Jesus’ bold declaration: ″I am the Light of the World.″ Following me will never be in the dark, but will always have the light of life in their hearts.
- (See also John 8:12) Muslims regard Jesus as a wonderful prophet who deserves to be honored.
- They endeavor to spend their lives in conformity to God’s will, pray that they will be directed along the correct road, and hope that they will be accepted on the Day of Judgment.
- They can believe that they are free to accept Jesus’ commands seriously, and that they are even obligated to do so.
- According to the Qur’an, Jesus speaks, pointing to his miraculous miracles as proof of his prophetic authority, and issuing the unequivocal admonition, ″Fear God, and obey me!″ (″A brilliant prophet,″ to quote the author.) Stress?
- Jesus extends an invitation to people who are exhausted from bearing a great burden, and he provides respite.
- (“Burdened?”) ″Take my yoke″ is his invitation to us to submit to his authority and walk in step with him, much like a manager or coach would do.
- He provides relaxation for the soul as well as compassionate direction.
- (Yoke.) In this section you will find an introduction to Jesus’ message, as well as a summary of his public teaching as recorded by Matthew, given in the form of 52 headlines, each with comments from a diverse spectrum of Australian Christians.
- Everyone should pay attention to his message!
- Please give Jesus some thought!
- Geoff Francis (Geoff Francis) is a British actor who is best known for his role in the film Geoff Francis 52 Headlines |
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Who does God say that you are? (Session 11 – 2 Cor. 5:16-21; 6:1-2)
It is because the life of Jesus is so significant that it separates our whole record of human history into two eras: the period before Christ and the period after Christ.At the age of 33, Jesus was killed in Jerusalem after three years of traveling as an itinerant Jewish educator.It was at synagogues and in the open air that he delivered his sermons.He educated and inspired his followers, and he accomplished incredible feats of strength.
It was he who lived out the ideals he taught, who had a simple lifestyle, and who surrounded himself with those who were marginalized and socially undesirable.His moral authority attracted large crowds despite the fact that he possessed no formal education or income, no social or political ties, and no military support.In this way, he challenged the hypocrisy of religious leaders.They were concerned that his growing popularity and influence might jeopardize the durability of their tense relationship with the Romans.His blasphemy conviction by a Jewish court was upheld by the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate, and he was sentenced to death by crucifixion.His followers testified after his death that he had risen from the dead.
He carried his message across the Roman Empire, and even beyond, during the following three hundred years.Communities of Jesus-followers sprung up from Egypt to Armenia, from Britain to India, all without the use of force and in the face of opposition and waves of government persecution.At the time they got together, they discovered that their way of life was in opposition to local customs.To celebrate Communion and to learn about Jesus’ teachings, Jews and Gentiles, males and females, wealthy and poor, slave and free, all gathered as brothers and sisters.
- This group of people helped widows, orphans, the impoverished, and foreigners.
- They saved abandoned newborns and, during major epidemics such as smallpox and the plague, they sacrificed their own lives to care for those who were sick.
- Perhaps it isn’t a stretch to say that Jesus has remained the single most important person in all of human history.
- In today’s world, Jesus and his teachings are followed by a large number of millions of people.
Among those who were strongly impacted by him were Saint Francis of Assisi, Mother Teresa, Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Desmond Tutu.In our everyday vernacular, many of Jesus’ sayings, as well as events and individuals from his life, have become familiar.Example: the Good Samaritan, the prodigal son, ″going the additional mile,″ ″more love,″ ″wolf in sheep’s clothing,″ Lazarus, Judas, and Doubting Thomas are all characters in the Bible.) Approximately 52 percent of Australians classified as Christian, according to the most recent census data available in 2016.Society, institutions, and culture are built on the concepts derived from his teaching.Unless Christian-based organizations make a significant contribution, our social service, health-care, and education sectors will collapse.His message, on the other hand, was not clear.
- And what exactly was his topic of discussion?
- Fortunately, you now have the opportunity to seriously evaluate his words.
- The real words of Jesus, whether in current English or in any other language, are readily available for study these days, thanks to technological advances.
- His thoughts are down-to-earth and speak to the concerns that are currently affecting the world today.
- People looking for ideals to live by are promised by Jesus that his teaching will give a foundation for life, as well as the means to survive life’s crises, provided they follow his teachings.
- (″Construct your structure on solid ground!″) – Individuals and communities who have become cynical about Christian Churches and individuals who despair of organized Christianity with its hierarchies, traditions, divisions and politics can study the original instructions given by Jesus himself, the founding father of Christianity, at their leisure.
″The more essential things,″ Jesus challenged the religious leaders of his age, calling on them to return to ″the more important things″ of justice, kindness and honesty!These are the more significant items.In his clearest words, Jesus addresses to individuals who have been harmed by Christian leaders or communities.Those who inflict harm to children receive his most vehement criticism, he says.(″It’s better to be drowned!″) says one.The compassionate words of restoration spoken by Jesus to Peter, the disciple who had publicly denied his Lord, may provide solace to anyone who feel they have failed as followers of Jesus.
- ‘Follow me!’ says the protagonist.
- Permission would be granted to discuss the reasons why I continue to be a Christian with others who feel they can no longer accept the things they were taught and possibly previously believed.
- (Why!) Spiritual happenings are called into doubt by rationalists.
- Those who believe in the resurrection of Jesus might connect to the tale of Doubting Thomas, who hesitated to accept the accounts of Jesus’ resurrection until he had personally witnessed it.
- There is a challenge for them in determining a credible explanation for the change in Thomas that led him to devote the last years of his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus in India, as well as for the tens of thousands of ″Thomas Christians″ who worship in Ma Thoma churches in Kerala State, India, and other cities around the world today.
- faith, reason, and evidence (Faith, reason, and evidence In this powerful declaration of Jesus: ″I am the Light of the World,″ anyone seeking enlightenment can look deeper.
- Following me will never be in the dark, but will always have the light of life in his or her eyes.
- The Bible states in John 8:12 that Muhammad is revered by Muslims as a great prophet.
- They endeavor to conduct their lives in accordance to God’s will, pray that they will be directed down the correct road, and hope that they will be welcomed on the Last Day.
- Their freedom to take Jesus’ commands seriously, as well as their duty to do so, may be a source of great comfort.
- According to the Qur’an, Jesus speaks, pointing to his miraculous miracles as proof of his prophetic authority, and issuing the explicit admonition, ″Fear God, and obey me!
- ″ (″A wonderful prophet,″ to use the phrase).
- When people are exhausted from carrying a heavy weight, Jesus extends an invitation to them to rest.
- (“Burdened?”) He urges us to submit to his authority and walk in step with him, much like a manager or coach would; he says, ″accept my yoke.″ Gentle guidance, as well as relaxation for the soul, are what he provides.
- (Yoke.) In this section you will find an introduction to Jesus’ message, as well as a summary of his public teaching as recorded by Matthew, given in the form of 52 headlines, each with comments from a diverse group of Australian Christians.
- Everyone should pay attention to his message.
- Don’t forget about Jesus!
- The author, Geoff Francis, has written a book titled Geoff Francis’s Guide to Writing a Novel.
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The Poor You Will Always Have With You—What Did Jesus Mean?
- The life of Jesus is so momentous that it divides our whole record of human history into two eras: before Christ and after Christ.
- Jesus traveled about the country for three years as a traveling Jewish teacher before being murdered in Jerusalem at the age of thirty-three.
- He delivered sermons in synagogues as well as in the open.
- He mentored his pupils and achieved incredible feats.
- He lived out the beliefs he