In the previous study of Genesis 1:26, we began to look at what it means to be made in the image of God. I said there were four contextual keys to what it means to be made in the image of God. This study looks at the final three contextual keys.
This post compares and contrasts the two Joshuas in the Bible. The Joshua of the conquest could not be more different than the Yeshua (Joshua) of the Gospels. Take a look at how the two are different and then ask yourself which Joshua you follow.
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In Matthew 16 when Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ, through Peter understood that Jesus was the Christ, he did not understand what it meant for Jesus to be the Christ. The church has been making the same mistake ever since. The Messiah that Jesus rejected is often the Messiah the church proclaims. Peter was rebuked for wanting a Satanic Messiah, and the church has made the same mistake.
You and I can forgive others without requiring them to shed their blood. So why do some Christians teach that God requires the shedding of blood in order to forgive us? One reason is because of Hebrews 9:22 which says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins. But the text does not teach what most people think it teaches. This post gives 10 reasons why Hebrews 9:22 does not teach that the shedding of blood is required for the forgiveness of sins.
There are numerous problems with the idea that the death of Jesus was to appease God, or do away with the wrath of God. This idea does not come from Scripture, but from the pagan idea that the gods are angry at us and need us to give them something of value to appease their anger. This post looks at what is wrong with the traditional understanding of the death of Jesus, and how we can understand it differently.
Jesus went to the cross out of love, to rescue us from sin, death, and devil, but since the Gospels (or the rest of the New Testament for that matter) don’t place much emphasis on the blood of Jesus or the pain He went through on the cross, maybe we shouldn’t either.
What Jesus accomplished on the cross and through His resurrection is central to everything else. The death and resurrection of Jesus are not only central to Scripture and the Gospel, but are also central to learning (maybe for the first time) what God is like, and how we are supposed to live our lives as followers of Jesus.
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