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Christian Apologetics Bible 11 Meaning of Jesus- Two visions Test ch 10-12 1 The two elements of first-century Jewishs monotheism as presented in NT Wrights article are first that there was one God who created heaven and earth and who remained in close and dynamic relation with his creation and second that this God had called Israel to be his special people 2 Precisely because this god was both other than the world and continually active within it Jews of Jesus day had developed several ways of speaking about the activity of this god in which they attempted to hold together what they dared not separate The works transcendent and immanent are pointers to this belief but do not clarify it much 3 Some of the monotheistic teachings that can be drawn from Philippians 25-11 are Jesus is God Jesus humbled himself and became man Christ gave his life on the cross as an attitude of obedience God raised him from the dead The risen Christ is Lord 4 the historical background of Colossians 1 15-20 is that Christ is the image of the invisible God Christ is the 1st born over all creation Christ is before all things and in Him all things hold together Christ is the head of the body the church Christ is the great reconciler between god and manwomen 5 Matthews story told form Josephs point of view reminds one of various biblical birth stories The whole book is about the scriptures being fulfilled in Jesus Matthew tells us that Jesus fulfills at least three biblical themes He brings Israel into the promised land Jesus is the Greek for Joshua As Immanuel he embodies Gods presence with this people As the new David he is the messiah born at Bethlehem Luke tells the story from Marys point of view His setting is just as Jewish as Matthews with verbal and narrative allusions to and
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