The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.
APrayer of Jesus I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracoious will. The Promise This paper presents an uncommon vision of the kingdom of God.
I have carefully selected the word "vision. This vision differs radically from most views espoused by the churchmen and scholars and I leave my readers to draw their own conclusions. I draw this vision from the words and deeds of Jesus as recorded in the four canonical gospels. Any reader of those gospels will note the very large portion of his message that he devotes to the kingdom and the way the gospels describe his teaching as being about the kingdom.
And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
All four gospels record many sayings specific to the kingdom, and the synoptic writers devote a large portion of their material to the parables of the kingdom. Jesus clearly intended these to enhance our understanding of a new and unique conception of the rule of God.
Jesus called his proclamation of the kingdom "gospel", which means "good news. God had promised the nation of Israel, through the prophets, that the kingdom of David and Solomon would stand forever. Every patriotic Jew, such as Joseph of Arimathea, Luke Jesus made the quest of the kingdom paramount when he issued this admonition, Seek ye first the kingdom of God.
Thus, it was wonderful good news when Jesus announced that the kingdom was at hand, or very near. The gospels summarized his early announcements as Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand. Jesus would have been but one more deceiver, like the earlier Judas the Galilean Acts 5: His proclamation would have been no more than another failed prophecy.
Therefore we must first look for the time of its coming, and we must look for it within the near experience of those who heard him.
Otherwise, Jesus was a false prophet. Many will balk at this. So stupendous an event as the coming to earth of the kingdom of God must have been clearly established in the record of history, and life on earth today would surely be different. Where is the "peace on earth" that the prophets promised and of which Jesus spoke?
And why are we yet offering up the prayer, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven"? These are good questions, but I must respond with one of my own: Are you willing, then, to acknowledge Jesus to have been a false prophet? The Time of the Coming Jesus made other statements indicating the nearness of the coming kingdom in addition to the proclamation that it was "at hand.
Why speak of the nearness of the coming kingdom in these particular ways? Our first thought is that Mark 9: But does this correspond with its being "at hand?
And what a strange thing to say at the Passover feast! Why did he say it? Would not every eye surely see so great and important an event as the coming of the kingdom of God? What need of an indicator?
And why that particular one, the drinking of the fruit of the vine? Some statement as to the time of the coming was clearly in order, since he knew during the Passover feast that he was soon to die. His entire ministry had been focussed on the nearness of the kingdom.The Virgin Birth of Jesus Old Testament Fulfilled Prophecies The Virgin birth of Christ is an actual Historical fact.
God came (in the sinless form of Jesus) into the earth "HE" created. No other event in the past has had so much impact out side of Calvary where Christ paid the price for our transgressions.
Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, 1. The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.
I would like to provide responses to the arguments and evidence that Richard Carrier offers to rebut my argument that Jesus existed.
This task is complicated because, in his response to my original piece, Carrier says a surprisingly small amount that engages my argument and a large amount that does not..
Approximately half of his piece is devoted to other matters. Knowing the Will of God: Reflections on Mary, the Mother of Jesus the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we will see time and time again how God reaffirmed His specific will to Mary and how we, like Mary being but a teen wasn't quite sure how this whole virgin birth thing would be possible.
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