The most important models Paul urges his readers to imitate are those of himself, Christ, and God. He also directs his readers to the behavior of other individuals and occasionally reminds them of the example of other churches. There are also exhortations that his readers become "models" for others to imitate. Questions have been asked regarding the motivation behind Paul’s instruction.
This article wrestles with a question with a specific focus.
What is the relationship between Christ and the cosmos? This essay considers the apostle Paul's intention when he relates Christ to the cosmos. Can we speak of the presence of a cosmic Christology? It begins with a reading of Colossians 1:15-20. Jesus Christ, through whom the whole universe was created, is the ruler and reconciler of creation. Creation in this instance refers to the whole universe, including spiritual beings and powers.
The author wants to explore how the doctrine of Christ functioned as wisdom for the early church. He begins by considering a few introductory matters, including reasons to study Christology, and the focus on Christ as wisdom. The author also reflects on the nature and function of Jewish wisdom literature, and how wisdom is reconfigured in Christ.
What is redemptive-historical hermeneutics? Johnson argues that it means simply that every part of the Bible teaches Christ. The significance of this interpretation is illustrated by the change that took place in Jesus’ disciples’ understanding of Scripture from before to after Jesus’ resurrection. He further expounds the way the risen Lord read the Scriptures (cf. Luke 24:16-26).
This is the fifth article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. Preaching the atonement of Christ should point people to the reality that God himself was responsible for the crucifixion. This was the way Christ was intended to die as our substitute. Christ's death provides reconciliation with God.
This is the eighth article in a twelve part series on the topic of preaching Christ. The New Testament emphasizes the importance of preaching Christ from the Old Testament, since the Old Testament is written for the benefit of new covenant believers. The Old Testament speaks about Christ and is important for our salvation in Christ.
Preaching Christ crucified, as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:23 and 1 Corinthians 2:2, is a statement full of paradox. This article discusses the meaning of Christ from the Old Testament and the meaning of crucifixion, showing the paradox in this statement. This paradox, however, is wonderful news for the saved.
This article examines how the historical books of the Old Testament point to Christ. The author shows that the faithfulness of God anticipates Christ coming, while the failures of the people necessitate Christ's coming. The role of prophets, priests and kings described in the Old Testament also forshadows Christ.
This article looks at the supremacy of Christ, especially in the book of Hebrews. The author also looks at the new covenant as being better than the old covenant (relation Old Testament and New Testament): it is more inclusive (it includes Gentiles); it has a better Mediator; a better High Priest; a better King; and a better revelation of God.
This study aims to provide a corrective to the current debate regarding the historical Jesus by studying the Gospel of John’s presentation of Jesus as a teacher. The argument is not that this is the major, or even a major aspect of John's teaching on Christ. Rather, John reflects the common perception of Jesus among his contemporaries, friends and foes alike: that Jesus was, perhaps more, but certainly no less, than a rabbi.