WHO IS GOD
Who is God according to the books of the gospel?
The books of gospel refer God as the Father of Jesus Christ, in Mark chapter 14 verses 36 when Jesus was in Gethsemane he called God Abba father. In John chapter 8 verses 42, Jesus told the Jews that he didn’t come to the world on his own, but it is God who sent him and that they would love him if God were their Father. It is God who sent him in the world that is why all his teachings were about Gods will to mankind. In Luke chapter 4 verses 43 Jesus told the people who wanted him to stay in their town that, he couldn’t stay because he was sent to preach the good news about the kingdom of God to all towns (“Jesus The Son Of God: The Gospel Narratives As Message” 57).
His main purpose on earth was to bring salvation to the mankind, John chapter 3 verses 17; God sent his son Jesus Christ to the world bring salvation to them. The gospel refers God as eternal, omniscient, full of grace, full of compassion, holy and righteous (“Jesus the Son Of God: The Gospel Narratives as Message” 87).
In the book of John chapter 5 verses 16 to 19, the Jews were persecuting Jesus for doing work on Sabbath. He, however, told them that his father is always at work and that he was doing it because his father does so. The Jews were very angry when he referred God as his father.
Throughout his life here on earth, Jesus tried his best to reveal to mankind who is God
the father. He performed miracles to shows his father’s compassion and love to all. In Mathew chapter 5 verses 45; Jesus taught people to love their enemies as God loves all people and that is why he never sends the rain to the righteous, but he sends it even to the unrighteous. Some of the
parable that Jesus narrated referring to God as his father includes: in Mathew chapter 18 verses 23 to 35; the parable of the of the unmerciful servant who couldn’t forgive his fellow servant hundred silver coins debt even after his master canceled a debt of thousand bags of gold he owed him.
In this parable, God is the king, and he is willing to forgive us our sins, we should forgive our brothers and sisters so as to be forging by him. This parable portrays how God is willing to forgive people their sins (“Jesus the Son Of God: The Gospel Narratives as Message” 109). Also in the book of Luke chapter 20 verses 9 to 16, Jesus narrated the parable of the tenants who killed the landowner’s servants and later his son when he sent them to collect rent. God is the landowner in this parable, and the son is Jesus Christ, who people killed even though God had sent him to bring salvation to mankind. This parable shows God’s love for mankind; he sent his only son to die for their salvation.
Who is Jesus according to the books of the gospel?
According to the scriptures in the four books, Jesus is the son of God. In Luke chapter 1 verses 35, Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, and she became pregnant. In Mathew chapter 2 verses 11, when Jesus has born the magi who had come to see the child bowed and worshiped baby Jesus. Jesus being born in a humble family he grew like any other child. In Luke chapter, two verses 46 to 47, at the age of twelve together with his parents they went to the city of Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. On their way home after the feast, his parents realized that their son was not together with them (Allan 133). They went back looking for him, and they found him in the midst of teachers who were astonished by his knowledge.
When her mother asked him why he was left behind, he told them he was in his father’s house, and they should not mind. His parents, however, didn’t understand what he meant when he said he was in his father’s house. In Luke chapter 3 verses 22, during his Baptism, a dove descended from heaven and a voice were heard that referred Jesus as the son of God. In John chapter 4 verses 34, his disciples worried that Jesus might be hungry, and they thought they
should bring him some food. Jesus, however, told them not to worry as his food is to do the will of God who sent him to finish his work. In all his teachings he referred God as his father.
In John chapter 6 verses 38 to 40, Jesus told the Jews who had followed him to Capernaum that his father sent him from heaven not to do his will but his father’s will. He told them that he who recognizes him as the son of God also believes in the God his father (Allan 137). During the transfiguration when Jesus was together with Peter, John and James on a mountain. God himself revealed to the three disciples that Jesus was his son through a voice that came from the cloud. The voice referred Jesus as Gods beloved son, and the voice urged the disciples to listen to him (Allan 139). In Mathew chapter 4 verses 1 to 11 when the devil tempted Jesus, the devil asked Jesus if he is the son of God to turn stones into bread, to throw himself down from a cliff and to bow down and worship him if would like to inherit the earthly kingdoms.
What is salvation according to the books of the gospel?
God created Adam and Eve in his image; a human being was supposed to enjoy eternal life. They were pure until when Satan and they cheated them ate the forbidden fruit. In Genesis chapter 3 verses 1 to 24, after that sin God threw them out from the Garden of Eden and they would from that day die, get sick and suffer in many ways (Evans 196). Later God sent his lovely son to the world to die so as to redeem the man from the sins of Adam and Eve. God was looking forward to renewing his relationship with the human being just like it used to be when he created Adam and Eve.
It is through Jesus death that salvation of humankind was established. In Mark chapter 10 verses 24 to 27, the Jesus disciples were amazed when Jesus told them that for one to have an eternal life he/she must be ready to lose earthly things. Just like it is impossible for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God (Evans 198). There will be a final judgment day, and every human being who has Sever lived will get judgment according to his actions. Those who received salvation will enjoy an eternal life while those didn’t will go to hell (Evans 198).
Salvation is found in Jesus and only in Jesus, who is God in flesh and who died for our sins and rose from the dead.
“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
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