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Logos - Interpreting Scripture

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Jesus, the Word become flesh, is the interpretive key that opens the Hebrew scriptures and the book of Revelation .  Jesus is the one who unveils the plans and mysteries of God, and only he is qualified to reveal the nature of the “ unseen God .” In him, all the promises of God find their fulfillment. He is the interpretive key that unlocks the Hebrew scriptures and provides the correct understanding of prophecy, and this is especially so in the book of Revelation .

Life from the Dead

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In Romans, Paul presents his gospel from humanity's plight due to sin to salvation in the resurrection of the dead and the New Creation .  In his letter,  the Apostle presents his most detailed explanation of the gospel. His purpose is to deal with conflicts between Gentile and Jewish members of the church and prepare the ground for his taking the gospel to the west. In doing so, he touches on key topics, including death, redemption, the Law, resurrection, and New Creation.

Jesus and Tradition

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Jesus undermines the religious rationale for dietary restrictions. With the Messiah’s arrival, old rituals have lost their relevance – Mark 7:1-23.  In Mark , the city of Jerusalem is the headquarters of the opposition to Jesus, especially the priestly authorities of the Temple. From this point forward, he experiences growing conflict with the religious authorities - the Pharisees, scribes, and representatives of the high priest. And not long after this next incident, his enemies began to plot his destruction.

Parables of the Kingdom

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Jesus taught several parables concerning God’s kingdom, its unexpected ways of expansion, and its status in the world - Mark 4:21-34. The gospel of  Mark  provides only a few examples of the many parables taught by Jesus, his primary method of teaching (“ Apart from a parable he did not speak to the crowds ”). In them, the dominant theme is the kingdom and the reign of God that commenced in Christ’s ministry and has continued since as the gospel is proclaimed on the earth .

Seed and Sower

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The Son of Man sows the seed of the gospel in the world where it grows into the kingdom of God until the end of the age – Mark 4:1-20. The  Parable of the Sower  provides the key to understanding the other parables of Jesus. Its point is that the kingdom of God began to invade the present age with the proclamation of the kingdom of God by the “ Son of Man .” Jesus inaugurated the process, and ever since, the kingdom has been advancing throughout the earth though largely unnoticed.