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Fulfillment Theology - In Jesus

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OVERVIEW  -  The types and “shadows” of the Hebrew Bible find their fulfillment and substance in the Son, Christ Jesus . In the New Testament, the fulfillment of the promises from the Hebrew Bible are found in Jesus Christ - “ In him ” all the promises of God find their “ yea ” and “ amen .”  Likewise , the things “ hidden ” in the past, the “ mysteries ” of God, are now revealed fully in the life, words, death, resurrection, and exaltation of His Son. This is not the abandonment of the covenant Yahweh made with Abraham; in  Jesus , the shadows and promises are brought to fruition - [ Photo by Kiwihug on Unsplash ].

Who is this Man?

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OVERVIEW - No one recognized who Jesus was except the demons cast out by him. Only in his sacrificial death is his identity understood – Mark 4:41 .  In his early ministry, the disciples witnessed Jesus heal the sick, cast out demons, forgive sins, and, most spectacularly, calm a violent storm on the Sea of Galilee, and all with great authority. Yet rather than faith in the Son of God, these powerful miracles produced confusion, fear, and the question - Who is this man ? Only at his execution did someone begin to understand - [ Cross - Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash ].

Call His Name 'Jesus'

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OVERVIEW  -  The name ‘Jesus’ means “salvation of Yahweh,” In him, the salvation promised to Israel by Yahweh has arrived  –  Matthew 1:18-21 .  In the opening chapter of  Matthew , an angel appeared to Joseph and informed him Mary was with child “begotten of the Holy Spirit,” then instructed him to name the child “ Jesus .” That name was most appropriate, for, as the angel also declared, “ he will save his people from their sins .” His name linked him to the saving act that God was about to accomplish for His people, Israel - [ P hoto by Eran Menashri on Unsplash ].

Word Made Flesh

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OVERVIEW - Jesus is the “word made flesh” and the true tabernacle in whom the glory of God is revealed and now resides – John 1:14 .  In its opening paragraph, the Gospel of John  presents major themes that are explicated in the body of the book. For example, Jesus is the “ Word made flesh ” in whom life and true light are found, the true and final “ tabernacle ” where God’s presence resides. Moreover,  John  employs imagery from pivotal events in the history of Israel to illustrate what God has done in Jesus - [ Photo by Terry Tan De Hao on Unsplash ].

Jesus, the Key

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OVERVIEW - Jesus is the key that unlocks the Hebrew Scriptures and reveals the true nature and purposes of God . I n the New Testament, not only does Jesus play the central role in unveiling the purposes of God; he IS the very center of all the Father’s plans, especially, the redemption of humanity, indeed, of the entire creation. Only in Christ is the glory of the Creator of All Things made known, and only he is qualified to reveal the true nature of Yahweh. In him, all the promises of God find their fulfillment, their “ yea ” and “ amen .” - [ Photo by CMDR Shane on Unsplash ].

Redeemed of the Earth

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The book of Revelation uses a variety of terms and symbols for the church that is under assault, both from within and without. The men and women who are redeemed from the earth form a company that transcends all national, social, and cultural boundaries. Tribulation is not an aberration, but integral to what it means to follow the “ Lamb wherever he goes .” - [ Photo by Paz Arando on Unsplash ].