Verses 5:22-24, explain that this is the only way to honor God the Father. As a result of John's ability to encourage abstract thought among a diverse group of people, the writings in the gospel take on an very accessible, and almost evangelical form that conveys deep emotion for Jesus' life. Readers are provoked to understand the message that lies behind what is written down by John. This allows them to recieve a clearer glimpse of Jesus's place in Christianity through an intellectually uninhibiting... ... middle of paper ... ...e a similar formula. That is, they all portray a relationship with God that is only known through the understanding and belief in his only son.
Parables were easy for ordinary people to understand as they related to things that were familiar in everyday life, and it is because of this that Jesus used them to portray things less familiar in the spiritual world and in the r... ... middle of paper ... ... relate to the feelings of the elder son in the parable of 'The Prodigal Son'. Parables can act as guidelines and so be applied to present day problems. And with some effort some of them can easily adapted to the modern world as many have been. Even parables do not relate to the physical world today, they still do relate to the spiritual world. They still teach Christians, old and new, about the Kingdom and God's love for them.
In this story, the triangle points are Jesus the beggar, and the crowd. Jesus was very compassionate of the beggar and he admired his faith... ... middle of paper ... ...f security in a sense because the blind man’s strong faith was what gave him sight. Being poor in the face of Christ is not something to be ashamed of but something one should accept humbly and proclaim to the world. Jesus gives these examples so that we his children can grasp its fullness and call us to embrace Gods reign. For anyone needing a reason to have faith the whole bible is a testimony in its self but Luke really understands and expresses this idea beautifully.
Despite any and all sins or flaws, we... ... middle of paper ... ...e on earth. Scrutinizing Bible passages for their meaning is much more effective than just reading over them. When we take the time to see what the writer and God are trying to tell us through the passage, we can more effectively study the Bible and extract more information that has relevance to our Christian walk. Romans 11:33 through 12:2 display praises sent to God that also present questions about his character that, when answered, give us a depiction of the vastness of God’s glory. The second part of this passage tells us how we should live – striving to be like minded with Christ.
By using parables, Jesus helps us, his readers, understand his messages better. Our parable is the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, found in Matthew 18:23-35. It is in the parable category of parables, so... ... middle of paper ... ... same thing that happened to the unmerciful servant in the parable will happen to us. Today, we take this parable very lightly, as we have been brought up in a culture that forgives people’s faults easily. Most people think, “Yeah, I forgive everyone who harms me.” However, if you think about it, this just isn’t true, as everyone has a couple of people they hold a grudge against, and this parable is telling us to stop holding that grudge.
Emotions touch every part of our lives and can control different aspects of us if we are not trusting the God we say we love. Jesus said in Matthew 11, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus said that He would help lighten the load, but He never said that it was going to be easy. As Christians we need to love and trust Jesus in every way so that we can deny ourselves, while still finding value in ourselves, and let the Holy Spirit work through us in every circumstance.
In the bible, there is a strong reoccurring theme of people of poor moral character or in a position of low social status in their society making a transformation for the better within themselves after following Jesus and the word of God. When a human follows the laws and does what is asked of them, in return, the Lord is able to bless the person’s character, making them shed the skin of the negative things they may have done in the past and are still dwelling in, preforming a sort of positive reformation for their soul. Also, God never discriminates against any of his people no matter what; in his eyes everyone deserves an equal chance and a fresh start. God will save any of his creation, regardless of how bad some of the things they may have done in the past are; to Him, how we finish life is more important than how we begin it. This notion, that God can transform someone who isn’t the most righteous person into someone upstanding, appears in the Christian scriptures and also has roots within the Hebrew Scriptures; its purpose being to prove how significantly God’s presence can positively affect one’s life.
By understanding the situation of the biblical audience, we know that the Galatian believers struggled to understand that salvation is not from the works of the law but of the works of Jesus. Next, we decipher the differences between those believers and us today. They were more threatened by the Mosaic law than we are. After this, we can determine the theological principle of the freedom in Christ and being led by His Spirit. Finally, we can apply this principle to our lives by knowing we are free from the law and from sin in Jesus and we desire to love and serve him because of His Spirit in
John ends this first chapter with one of the most succinct summaries of the gospel message: we only have to confess our sins to enter into God’s forgiveness. I want to try to be someone that is very willing to admit when I have done wrong; sometimes this can be hard, but God needs this first step from us to begin to put things right. 1 John 3 John begins with a statement I wholeheartedly agree with – expressing how greatly God must love us to call us H... ... middle of paper ... ...ater baptism), and we are filled with the Holy Spirit. John then begins to consider the implications of being a child of God. For one thing we now have the gift of eternal life.
From this truth, flow a couple streams of thought: first, we “need others because of Jesus”, and second, a “Christian comes to others only through Christ” (21). Throughout the chapter, Bonhoeffer develops and further expounds each of the streams. Why is that we “need others because ... ... middle of paper ... ...emselves from the high expectations imposed by human love and live in the freedom Christ purchased on their behalf on the cross. Bonhoeffer’s writing concerning community in Life Together sheds a great deal of light and marks boundaries for Christians on how to relate with each other. It is of utmost importance to remember that community is nothing but a gracious gift of God.