CWV 101 Christian Worldwide Grand Canyon University USA
Based on please address each question below with complete sentences and clear, specific explanations.
Select one teaching of Jesus from the following choices: Matthew 5:21-24; Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 6:19-24; Matthew 7:15-23; Luke 15:1-32; John 13:1-17 and 34-35; or John 15:1-11. Answer the following questions with in-text citations from a commentary in the topic Resources. The commentary used should be included on a reference page at the end of this document.
1. What Was Jesus's Point In The Teaching?
2. How Might Someone From An Atheist Or Pantheistic Worldview See The Concepts Of This Passage Differently?
3. What Does This Teaching Reveal About Jesus?
Select one of the following passages in which Jesus makes statements about his nature and purpose: Matthew 9:1-8; Matthew 9:9-13; Luke 7:18-23; John 5:16-18; John 10:25-38; John 14:5-11. Answer the following with in-text citations from a commentary in the topic Resources. The commentary used should be included on a reference page at the end of this document.
1. What Is Jesus Saying About His Nature And The Purpose Of His Ministry? What Is The Significance Of This Claim?
2. How would you personally answer Jesus's question, "But who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8:29). Describe your own beliefs about Jesus.
1. According to Jesus' teaching in John 15:1-11, His point was that for us to live, we have to acknowledge him and live in him as he is the only way. He pointed out that we cannot live by ourselves, but only can we bear fruits through him. Jesus implied that for us live lead better lives, we have to live with him and follow his commands as it is the only way we can obtain his love, just as God loves him for following God's commands.
2. According to Jesus' teaching in John 15:1-11, we can only lead better lives by believing in him and following his commands. Atheists do not believe in God and His existence. Therefore, in their worldview, this teaching might be pointless as they do not believe in God. The teaching of Jesus in this verse would not apply in their lives because to them, there is no existence of any god or gods nor any higher power; hence they may do as they please.
3. The teaching of Jesus tells us that He is the source of life, and whoever does not believe and accept him will lead a pointless life. Only through him can we be successful and fruitful. He is the source of life because, according to verse five, we are the branches while he is the vine, and we will bear many fruits if we remain in him, but without him, we become nothing. This tells us that Jesus is important to us such that with him, we can achieve everything we ask in his name.
1. According to John 14;5-11, Thomas said to Jesus that he, Thomas, does not know the way since the former does not know where the latter is going. Jesus's response implied that he is the only way to the truth and life, and no one goes to the Father except through Him. Only then did Phillip ask Jesus to show them His Father, and they could know the way. In his ministry, Jesus was telling his disciples that he is the Father and that the Father is in him. John verse 10, he says, "don't you believe that I am the father and that the father is in me? The words I say to you, I do not speak on my authority. Rather it is the father, living in me who is doing his work." (John 14:10). Jesus' mission was to deliver humanity from the den of sin and bring their relationship closer to God. Since Jesus is God and God lives in him, we Christians believe that God is one and lives in three forms: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When we believe in Jesus, we also believe in God, and when we follow Jesus' commands, we also follow God's command. Only through Jesus can we receive eternal life. From the readings, we find that the reason why God became a man is by sending Jesus, His only son, to deliver humankind from evil. This is according to john 3:16, which says, "for God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have an everlasting life." (John 3:16). Since God sent Jesus, we shall receive eternal life when we trust in him and follow his commands.
2. Since I am a Christian, I believe that Jesus is the son of God whom God sent to earth to deliver humankind from evil. Jesus was condemned, beaten, crucified, and died on the cross for my sake. My sins are forgiven through the blood that he shed on the cross. Jesus led a righteous life carrying out his given mission as he demonstrated the kind of life, we should lead to receive eternal life. Jesus showed compassion and love to those who had faith in him throughout his ministry. Therefore, when we show compassion and love for others, we will be living an example of how Jesus lived. Jesus loves us for who we are and expects us to love each other unconditionally and follow his teaching. Therefore, I would answer by saying, "you are the son of God." He truly is the son of God whom God sent here on earth to deliver humanity from the grave of sins and help them live according to the teaching. Through him, we obtain salvation. Jesus favored anyone who had faith in him without caring for the depth of their sins. This showed how deep God's love is. I believe that Jesus is the world's light as he is the source of life. He is the vine, and we are the branches; hence without him, we are doomed to lead sinful lives with no fruits.