Brian Phillips May 2, 2017

Like Matthew, John begins his gospel at the beginning. Matthew’s gospel opens with the genealogy or the “genesis” of Jesus Christ and John opens with an even more direct reference to Genesis – “In the beginning…” John then adds that the Word was the Creator. The Word “was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” (1:1-5).

Christ is the New Creation, the One in whom all things are made new. Verse 4 echoes this – “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

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Brian Phillips Apr 10, 2017

Yesterday, the Church celebrated Palm Sunday, the commemoration of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, and the beginning of Holy Week – the final days of Christ on earth before His crucifixion. The event is recorded in all four Gospels – Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-38, and John 12:12-15 – and the event shares connections and echoes with several other passages as well.

Here is the Triumphal Entry as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel:

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Devin O'Donnell Oct 27, 2014

By contemporary standards, Jesus is a bad teacher. If Jesus were to be evaluated by the common core “teachers” of today, he would almost certainly fail the test. And it is a fact often overlooked by Christians—not merely evangelical—that when the Bible speaks of “teachers” and “teaching,” it attaches very different expectations to these words than we find in our current definitions.

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Andrew Kern May 9, 2013

I pointed out a while ago, in part one of this post, that the great Apostle Paul is sometimes treated as though he had a gospel that differed from what Christ taught.

Some have gone so far as to argue that it was St. Paul who actually established Christianity as we know it historically, while Jesus had something more pure and heavenly in mind. 

Others think that perhaps Christ was teaching the doctrines of the Millenial kingdom, while Paul was teaching the doctrines of the present church age. 

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