This article is an introduction to the Bible studies on the parables.
Are the four New Testament Gospels reliable accounts of Jesus? Are the Gospels accounts of real history? In this article, Richard Bauckham highlights the importance of the eyewitnesses described in the Gospels - those who were actually there at the events of Jesus' life. Bauckham asks the question: How are the Gospels related to the testimony of the eyewitnesses?
Should we expect the Lord Jesus to include a substitutionary atonement theory in every one of his parables? Not at all, contrary to what liberal theologians have suggested by their criticisms of the parable of the prodigal son. This article shows at the same time how the atonement is a series of historical events, and not simply that of the cross.
Christ's teaching with parables reveals the status of the world, the kingdom of heaven, and our hearts. Let this article show you how.