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Fulfillment Theology - In Jesus

Synopsis :   The types and “shadows” of the old covenant find their substance in the Son, Christ Jesus, according to the entire New Testament. Vinayak Sharma on Unsplash The New Testament places the fulfillment of the promises of the Hebrew Bible in Jesus Christ – “ in him ,” all God’s promises find their “ yea ” and “ amen. ” Likewise, “ in Jesus ,” the things “hidden” in the past, His “mysteries,” are fully revealed. This is not a radical redesign or even the abandonment of the covenant Yahweh made with Abraham but, instead, the bringing of its types and promises to their intended conclusions; what might be labeled “Fulfillment Theology.”
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Babel, Empire, Arrogance

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Kingdom of God or Christendom?

Synopsis  - The deception of ‘Christendom’ is the attempt to invoke God and Jesus to validate national institutions, ideologies, and values .  Pantheon  - Daniel Klaffke - Unsplash The English term ‘Christendom,’ supposedly, refers to “that part of the world in which Christianity prevails,” either because most citizens claim to be Christian or because a specific church is recognized by a government as the official religion of that nation.

Miraculous Witness to Israel

Synopsis  - The feeding of 5,000 men was a spectacular witness to Israel by her Messiah; nevertheless, most Jews refused to accept Jesus  – Mark 6:31-43 .  Wesual Click  on Unsplash The feeding of the five thousand is the only miracle story that is recorded in all four gospel accounts, which demonstrates its importance to the early church. In John’s gospel, it occurred near the Passover season. In  Luke , only the twelve disciples participate in the distribution of the bread and fish - ( Mark 6:31-43 .  Compare  -  Matthew 14:13-21 ,  Luke 9:10-17 ,  John 6:1-15 ).

Who is this Man?

Synopsis  - During his ministry, no one recognized Jesus except the demons cast out by him. Only in his sacrificial death can his identity and messiahship be understood .  By Timeo Buehrer on Unsplash In his early ministry, the disciples witnessed Jesus authoritatively heal the sick, cast out demons, forgive sins, and, most spectacularly,  calmed a violent storm  on the Sea of Galilee. Yet, rather than faith in the Son of God, the powerful miracles produced confusion, fear, and the question - Who is this man?

Jesus Calms the Sea

SYNOPSIS - By a mere word, Jesus calmed a great tempest on the Sea of Galilee. Despite this, the disciples did not recognize who he was - The Messiah of Israel – Mark 4:35-41 .  By  Charl Folscher  on Unsplash After teaching a multitude near the town of  Capernaum , Jesus departed across the  Sea of Galilee  with his disciples. During their passage, a violent storm struck the lake and frightened the disciples. Storms were common enough on the lake and several of the disciples were fishermen familiar with the local weather. To be frightened  so   indicates an especially severe storm. The Greek term rendered “ storm ” can mean “hurricane, tempest, whirlwind.”

Budding Fig Tree

SYNOPSIS - The parable of the budding fig tree meant that the fulfillment of the things predicted by Jesus signaled the imminent destruction of the Temple . Jametlene Reskp on Unsplash In his final discourse to the disciples given on the Mount of Olives, Jesus employed the image of a  fig tree sprouting foliage  to provide insight into the “ when ” of the events he had just predicted.  One popular interpretation is that the budding fig tree symbolized the nation of Israel flourishing once more in the Middle East in the "last days" - The underlying assumption is that the fig tree is the traditional symbol for Israel.