Isaiah 59:1-2 Essay

According to Isaiah 59:1-2, God is not to blame for our being cut off from him; rather, it is our own fault for sinning that has caused us to be cut off from him. God will deliver anyone who reaches out to him, according to the chapter.
Judges 21:25 is stated in both the lecture and the textbook, indicating that there was a time when Israel had no king and everyone did as they saw fit. This is a common refrain in Deuteronomy 12 and Proverbs 12 and 26 and it indicates that the spiritual condition of the people was weak, which made them immoral and, therefore, did not follow rules but instead let their temptations guide them.

Genesis 3: 15 states that God will put enmity between man and the woman and that he (man) shall bruise, the snake’s head while the snake will bruise his sole. The prophecy demonstrates the scuffle between humanity and sin. It suggests that both demons and humans will cross one another’s path but neither will have the capacity to annihilate the other entirely.

The textbook has highlighted a major idea that human beings have departed from wisdom judging from history.

Exodus, the Bible’s second book is about Moses’ story.

Nehemiah nine (9) is a prayer of admitting our sins. The chapter contrasts the nature of God and the people. The children of Israel praised God for being powerful, loving, wonderful, and merciful and yet they sinned against him. They confessed their sins and repented with the intention to turn to Him.

Despite God creating man in his image, humanity turned sinful naturally after the fall. This original sin extensively affects us as stated in Romans 3:10-23 to the extent that no one is upright, no one always does good, people tell lies, they curse, are often bitter, are murderous and are on a miserable and ruinous path; no peace. According to the verse, people are not God fearing. Every person is under God’s laws and will be liable for their actions. No one is just in God’s eyes under the law but God holds all liable for their actions. No one is justified but God can justify even when the law is broken. All people are sinful and fallen below God’s glory.

According to Genesis 3: 16-, man’s Fall (Adam and Eve sins) affected the earth leading to painful childbearing, the desire for a husband (and he dominates you), cursing of the ground (the pain experienced in exploiting its uses) and the ground being affected with thistles and thorns that kill plants. Another effect was that man was to eat from his sweat and face death meaning returning to dust.

The textbook uses the metaphor of an unfaithful woman in describing idolatry. In this case, despite his wife being unfaithful, Hosea still loves the wife.

The textbook argues that the OT prophets’ main message was having the individuals abandoning the worship of idols and going back to their creator.

The initial three Kings of Israel are Saul, King David, and Solomon.

Upon the division of Israel into north and southern kingdoms, the Judah Kingdom to the south persisted for some time but was later came to Babylon

The book documents that the wisdom book from Job to Ecclesiastes has the dominant topic of God’s faithfulness to his promises and covenant, and, notwithstanding the peoples’ faithlessness, he still did as he had promised.

Marguerite Shuster, the author of the topic’s assigned literature on “The Original Sin Mystery’ does not know why God allowed man to Fall but that we are conscious about the evil and sin that still bedevils us. The problem with the universe is that the circumstances in Genesis are similar to those seen in the world. Ostensibly inconsequential choices, pride, and unbelief are major elements of the Genesis story and of our progressive struggle. Humans are corrupt, and the world is cursed because of Adam and Eve’s sin including our own.

God might want us to obey, believe, and trust even when under difficult situations to wrap our mind around him because He is at the core of our lives and forgetting him would lead us to disbelieve, disobey or not to trust him.

Topic 7 Study Guide

The “Kingdom of God” section in chapter 11 is about both the current and future kingdoms for the Christian. According to the chapter, God’s Kingdom is at the core of Jesus’ message wisdom, hope, and wholeness. However, throughout history, people’s use of the term was not Jesus’ intention. Whereas God’s Kingdom is critical to God’s restoration of humanity, the future and current kingdoms of God are one of the most misapprehended and misused concepts. In the present Kingdom, the Christian’s worldview of living according to the standards of the kingdom is living in line with the design of God’s practical wisdom for humans and the other creation. God’s current and future kingdoms will reign the world and everyone (Willard, 2014). In these kingdoms, everything by nature or by choice will follow the values of his rule.

The Kingdom is spiritual but in the future, it will be physical.

The other two characteristics seen in the reading is that Jesus indeed came so that people may be set free and so he may usher them into God’s Kingdom. However, his kingdom did not appear like what they anticipated. As opposed to freeing individuals from Rome, he freed them from sin. This suggests that God’s kingdom is not a place, but rather the idea of the rule of God (Wright, 1999). God’s supreme rule of saving characterized by generous love came to take back the universe, which was engulfed in evil, decay, and corruption. In summary, whether people resided as slaves in Israel or Rome citizens and as the children of the kingdom of God, he could free them from sin and the chains, which held them in relational, divine, and emotive prisons.

God’s Mission documented in the eleventh chapter of the book is linked to God’s love such that his mission stems from his character of love. According to the chapter, love is the all-encompassing attribute of his mission of restoration and redemption for the universe.

God’s mission is to restore the universe, which is engulfed by sin. This mission stems from his attributes. The Almighty is self-sending and his overwhelming and unending love through Christ is the dominant feature of the mission to restore and redeem the universe. The nature of God characterizes his love by sending himself to the universe. God is always coming, going, and sending in mission (Fitch & Holsclaw, 2013). Sending himself and being sent is a critical attribute of God and his actions. These attributes are one and similar.

The sidebar on Chapter eleven of the textbook’s “Finding Your Purpose” presents the work ethic, which suggests that an individual doing meaningful work but who feels miserable by doing it has not discovered his or her purpose either. The best type of work is where God calls someone and in that place, the person is tremendously delightful in the work. On the same place of work is where it (work) meets the globe’s hunger.

Romans 8:28-29 and Lecture 7 demonstrate the love of God. According to the passages, God works for the good of people who love him and those who are called to serve his purpose. The people who are called are to be conformed to the image of Christ who is his son. This will make the person the first-born amongst many brethren and sisters.

The part in Chapter 12 of the book on “Behavior and Belief” and James’ book 2 (14-26) shows the relationship between faith and deeds. According to the chapter, faith represents the channel through which people get restoration and redemption. Believing makes one to receive the benefits and blessings of what God’s work through the death of Jesus as well as his resurrection (Grand Canyon University n.d.). Furthermore, faith serves as the manner in which a Christian leads his or her life after first believing in Jesus. However, faith without action is meaningless. In the same way that a body that is separated from the spirit is dead so is faith separated from work dead. According to James, nothing is good if an individual asserts to have faith but takes no actions. James wonders whether such kind of faith can save the person. Therefore, faith cannot work in isolation. It has to be backed by action. Otherwise, faith without deeds is dead.

In line with Mark 8:34, being Jesus’ disciple is costly. One has to leave his ways and take up his cross. In God’s kingdom, disciples lose their life in order to save it. The message is also documented in Matthew (10:39) and (16:25). More infrequent still is the idea act that in Jesus’ kingdom the king himself does not call the people to do anything he has not already done on their behalf. Jesus, the king, gave up his privileges and status to serve people.

The twelfth chapter about the “Holy Spirit’s Work” suggests that the objective of the Spirit in the life of a believer. The Holy Spirit carries out the Father’s work in his creation. It also works within Christians to enable them to grow as Jesus Christ’s followers. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit works to form a believer into Christ’s image. Formation is a reminder to humans that the process sculpts and molds one into Jesus’ likeness. Spiritual is a reminder that God’s spirit as opposed to human’s work accomplishes the work.

The Westminster Shorter Dialectic represented in the reading posits that the basic aim of humanity is glorifying God and enjoying being in his presence forever.

According to first Corinthians chapter 15 verses forty-two to fifty seven, the three attributes of glory is that the deceased will be called from death, the delicate physical body will be made eternal and the body will change to perfect bodies of glory.

References

Fitch, D. E. & Holsclaw, G. (2013b). Prodigal Christianity: Ten signposts into the missional frontier. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Grand Canyon University, (n.d.). The Beginning of Wisdom an Introduction to Christian Thought and Life. Lc.gcumedia.com. Retrieved 25 January 2017, from http://lc.gcumedia.com/cwv101/the-beginning-of-wisdom-an-introduction-to-christian-thought-and-life/v2.1/#/chapter/12

Willard, D. (2014). Living in Christ’s presence: Final words on heaven and the kingdom of God. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Wright, N. T. (1999). New heavens, new earth: The biblical picture of Christian hope. Cambridge, England: Grove Books Limited.

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