God did love the later characters, but towards the end of the accounts God loses a tremendous amount of faith in humanity. Nonetheless the God does bless all whom He encounters, and His presence to each character help... ... middle of paper ... ...ion of how an individual could find favor in God. The answer was even if one has nothing and can not stand on your own have faith in God and He will prevail. Job’s story gave individuals hope, because even if God was angry with the group one might be saved if he lived right and had faith. The story summed up the tenacious attitude of Jacob, the curiosity of Moses, the downtrodden sprit of Elijah and the humility of Isaiah.
12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 11-12, King James Version). This lesson sticks with me because knowing even if people mistreat me, or talk about me, I can keep my head held high because my father in heaven will comfort me with his love and grace. The lessons in the book of Luke (15-31, King James Version) Jesus uses stories to explain how people may stray away, but how we as Christians should either bring or welcome them back. Today’s society forgets these lessons and sees their fellow men as nuisances as back then. Therefore Jesus had to perform miracles for people to see what he said was real.
When a king was upset he would often take a violent path. God, on the other hand, chose to send someone kind and loving to help us rather than to hurt us. This proves that God is and was genuinely concerned for us, and wanted to see us prosper. “ Now that the common savior of all has died on our behalf, we who believe in Christ no longer die” (Athanasius 21). God wants us to have faith in Him, He wants us to live forever with Him.
However, the conservation that transpired between Job and his friends left God very angry. The key to figuring out why is to first know the exchange of words then comprehend the meaning that lies within. During Job's mourning period, his three friends came to visit him and tried to comfort him in his time of need, as well as offer some advice. They suggested possible explanations as to why the events occurred. One reason that was discussed was that Job must have committed a sin or done something extremely displeasing to God.
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3 v 23) and it is, therefore, only by God's grace and through sanctification that a believer may be in relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is seen as the person of God present and is therefore essential to the concept of having relationship and communication with God. The very idea that a once sinful believer may have a relationship with the transcendent and perfect God brings us to explore the idea of God's grace. Guthrie draws our attention to the Biblical concept that we may have faith only because God first called us and drew us to Himself. It is God who extends His love to us that we might receive salvation and provision of our needs.
God can be trusted as he has proven his love in many ways. According to the Bible, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Suffering is part of humanity because when people believe in God, but sometimes wonder they begin to suffer because they are at fault. (Hiles & Smith, 2014). When a person begins to wonder why God is taking so long to hear their prayer, they begin to think they are not a fault.
As I grow up many times I am tempted to do the wrong things. Doing the wrong thing is sometimes easier than doing what is right. Understanding that Jesus also faced these obstacles and that prayer can help you resist in these tough situations in life is reassuring to me. Jesus taught his disciples and us how to pray. He taught people to pray simply and trustingly to God as father, without trying to impress God with fancy language.
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.
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.
In other words, he was God with flesh on, completely equal and inseparable from God. Jesus’s ministry was to proclaim the Word of God, but what separates him from other profits seen through the bible,is that he spoke under his own authority. As prophet Jesus confronts sin. Jesus listens, intercedes, and advocates, deeming him the role of Priest. According to Hebrews 7:27, Jesus’s sacrifice is superior, which sets him apart from Old Testament priests.“He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.” Worship and prayer is all possible because of Jesus who intercedes and advocates on our behalf.