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Identity of Jesus - Calvary

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SYNOPSIS   -   Only in his sacrificial death can the identity of Jesus and the nature of his messiahship be understood   -   Mark 15:29-39 .  Threaded through the  gospel of Mark  is an ironic storyline - Until his crucifixion, no one recognized who Jesus was or acknowledged him as the “ Son of God ” - Except the demons that he exorcised. In  Mark , the only man or woman who acknowledged Jesus as the “ Son of God ” was the Roman centurion in command of the execution squad at Calvary. - [ Photo by Sangia on Unsplash ].

Beginning of the Creation

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The book of Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection .  In his letter to the church at Laodicea, Jesus declared that he is the “ beginning of the creation of God ,” for, in his death and resurrection, he inaugurated the New Creation. In the same sentence, and in the present tense, he also is called the “ Amen ,  the faithful and true witness ,” appellations applied to him already in the book’s prologue  - [ New Zealand photo by  Aneta Foubíková  on Unsplash ].

The Incommunicable Name, by Joseph B. Rotherham

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Alfons Morales  on  Unsplash (From the Introduction section of  The Emphasised Bible, A New Translation , by Joseph Bryant Rotherham, Published 1902, London { Public Domain }). CHAPTER IV. THE INCOMMUNICABLE NAME. As it might appear premature, at the outset of this chapter, to spell out that Divine Name which some regard as not only incommunicable but unpronounceable, it will be considerate to begin the present investigations by the aid of circumlocution and abbreviation, especially as no inconvenience will be occasioned thereby. The  Tetragrammaton , or name of four letters (in allusion to the four letters Y H W H), is a technical term frequently employed by scholars, and will here, for a little, serve a useful purpose. Besides employing this term, we can reverently speak of “The Name,” or can set down the first letter only, “Y,” in the same way as critics are wont to use the Hebrew letter  yod  as the intitial of the Divine Name intended. This understood, we can intellig

Last Days in John

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The presence of false teachers in the church demonstrates that already we are in the “last days,” and the “last hour” already is upon us  -  2 John 7-8 .  The second letter of John is personal and brief, and it does not discuss the return of Jesus. Its key concern was the false teachers that were causing dissensions among believers, especially the denial of Christ’s genuine humanity. Moreover, their activities within the church demonstrated that the “ last days ” were underway even in John’s time - [ Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash ].

Inheritance of Abraham

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In Jesus, the original limited promise of territory to Abraham is transformed to encompass the entire creation .  The land of Canaan was a preliminary stage in the greater redemptive plan of Yahweh, one that  ALWAYS  envisioned something beyond the nation of Israel. In the New Testament, the covenant promises find fulfillment in the “ true seed of Abraham ,” Jesus Christ, including the New Creation - the “ new heavens and the new earth ” - [ Photo by  Gaël Gaborel  on Unsplash ].

Righteousness and Wrath in Rome

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SYNOPSIS :   Paul introduces his Gospel to the houses churches of Rome and sets the basis for dealing with conflicts between Jewish and Gentile believers. Photo by  Nicole Reyes  on  Unsplash The coming of Christ at the end of the age is not a major subject in the  Epistle to the Romans ; the focus of the letter is elsewhere.  However, several passages do deal with future events connected to the end of the age and the arrival of Jesus in glory, especially final salvation along with the promised New Creation and the Resurrection of the righteous. These topics are brought in as part of the Apostle Paul’s larger discussions concerning salvation, law, grace, Jews and Gentiles.

Day of Christ in Corinth

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The return of Jesus will be the “Day of the Lord” when the dead are raised, the wicked are judged, and death will cease .  The coming of Jesus is not a major topic in Paul's letters to the Corinthians. But in addressing several problems, he touches on key aspects of his return, including its identification with the “ Day of the Lord ,” the consummation of God’s kingdom, the resurrection of the dead, the examination of believers, and the cessation of death - [ Photo by  David Jusko  on  Unsplash ].

Finality of His Return

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The “coming” of Jesus will mark the end of the present order and the commencement of the “age to come,” nothing less than the New Creation .  The New Testament promises that Jesus will return to the earth at the “ end ” of the present age, and with great power and glory. And his “ arrival ” will result in the judgment of the ungodly, the resurrection and vindication of the righteous, the arrival of the New Creation, and the termination of death –Thus, it will be an event of great finality - [ Photo by Ivana Cajina on Unsplash ].

New Creation and the Parousia

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The arrival of Jesus in glory will usher in the Day of the Lord, the final judgment, and the New Creation .  In his second epistle, Peter addressed the growing weariness and discouragement of some Christians due to the apparent “delay” in the promised “ coming ” of Jesus, an open door that false teachers and critics were exploiting. Instead of all the predicted terrestrial and cosmic upheaval, daily life was continuing as it always appeared to do - [ Photo by  Fausto García-Menéndez  on  Unsplash ].