March17 HERE(The Church Age)
John – In the fullness of time… Christ comes into the world. Look at the uniqueness of the Greco-Roman world and how similar their culture is to 21st century America. it is also one of the few times in ancient history that the entire known world was accessible to the spread of the gospel.
Galatians 4:1-5 As long as heirs are underage they are no different from slaves, although they own the whole estate. They are subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by their fathers. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. But when the set time had fully come, Godsent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
Paul’s Understanding of the purpose of the law
Romans 7:7-8 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’ …
Romans 7:13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.
The word of the prophets spoke about the Messiah. The one who would bring about the deliverance of God’s people, and usher in the kingdom of God.
Romans 8:3-4 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful humanity to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in human flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.
Adam – Religion vs. The Heart in Spirituality
Hermeneutic: concerning interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.
How a person interprets something, specifically here a biblical text reveals just as much, if not more, about the interpreter as it does the thing being interpreted.
What people see and how they see a text plays into their hermeneutic (a method or theory of interpretation).
Matthew 22: 34-40
Jesus reduces the law and the prophets down to 2 commands: Love God and Love others the way you love yourself.
That was Jesus’ hermeneutic or interpretive key.
Jesus moved the focus off of outward performance to impress others, to a private spirituality with God that he refers to as Father.
Forgive others and God will forgive you.
John– What is Jesus central message
(what did he comment on / what did he not comment on)
Gospel… Good news. Jesus presents an accurate picture of God’s heart and love for his people. It is a message to the poor, the oppressed, foreigners, aliens, those marginalized because of their sin or failures. This good news was to every person.
The force of the law brought in so much focus on actions that those who failed to meet the standards were commonly viewed as beyond redemption. Jesus balances God’s grace with the law which brings a more clear picture of God’s heart.
Mark 1:14-15 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news’”.
Matthew 9:12-13 On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.‘ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’
The Kingdom– it is God’s heart, values, and objectives. It stands in opposition to the kingdoms of this world that operate with very different heart values and objectives.
The phrase “kingdom of God” appears 53 times in the New Testament Gospels, almost always on the lips of Jesus. The synonymous phrase, “kingdom of heaven,” appears 32 times in the Gospel of Matthew.
The term kingdom also was very different for them then it is understood by many in America. All of their lives have been lived in some Kings Kingdom. Their understanding of all societies was that a kings wishes and agenda became the law for all the subjects of that kingdom.
In the kingdom, God acts toward usaccording to his nature and we are asked to respond to others as he has acted toward us.
Jesus becomes the example of what this looks like lived out in human flesh.
- We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19)
- We forgive because we have been forgiven (Ephesians 4:23)
- (Matthew 18:21-35 Unmerciful Servent)
- The greatest must be the least and servant of all (Mark 9:35)
- Do to others what you would have them do to you (Matthew 7:12)
- Become a neighbor to others (Luke 10:25–37)
- More blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35)
- Do you want to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)
- Give and it will be given to you(Luke 6:38)
Pride and arrogance kill it, but humility brings it to life.
Matthew 20:25-28 ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave–just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
Matthew 18:4-5 Therefore, whoever takes a humble place–becoming like this child–is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
The kingdom is both now… Available to people through the work of the spirit of God within us to begin to live in light of Kingdom principles in the here and now.
The kingdom is also then…Is ultimate goal and plan that will be realized when we stand in his presence.
Adam: Image to worship vs. Figure to follow
Acts 5: 33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
As Christianity spread, it many times got off course, and was not in tune with the message and spirit of Christ.
At times Christianity looked the exact opposite of what Jesus taught.
It is worth noting that Jesus didn’t make a point of saying “worship me” and didn’t teach doctrines about himself, instead, what we do find Jesus saying throughout the Gospels is “follow me”.
What you see me do, you do.
-Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
–As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, “Follow Me!”
–Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
-The next day He purposed to go into Galilee, and He found Philip And Jesus said to him, “Follow Me.”
– Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come,follow Me.”
You talk like Jesus, try walking like Jesus
Don’t be the problem, be the solution.
John – What is our response to Jesus message.
John 13:13-17 ‘You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.I have set you an examplethat you should do as I have done for you.Very truly I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
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