The demand for faith in the kingdom ethos according to the synoptics

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. Jan A. du Rand en_US
dc.contributor.author Matebula, Caleb.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-13T09:21:11Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-13T09:21:11Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-13
dc.date.submitted 1997
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/5534
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract The script focuses on the theology of the Synoptics, the meaning of the kingdom as it is dealt with by the writers of the Synoptic Gospels, and the demand for faith in the kingdom within the Synoptics. It gives the theology of the Synoptics. The existence of God and his work of creation are accepted without question just as it is in the Old Testament. God is seen as the provider of the whole universe, and He is its Monarch. He is the God who reveals himself to his creation, especially man (anthropos). He seeks to have an intimate relationship with man which is possible through his Son Jesus Christ. Man is invited to this relationship with the purpose of becoming God's child. Those who refuse this relationship do so at their own will with the understanding of the consequences thereafter. The Synoptics teach about the kingdom of God which he has brought to mankind through his Son Jesus. It is a kingdom of righteousness which is entered in by those who choose to meet the conditions laid by the King of the kingdom, namely God. These conditions are as follows: repentance, faith in Jesus Christ, humility, eager desire for righteousness, and peace making. The salvation that God gives is available to all. It introduces the kingdom of God to the individual who accepts it. Salvation is the reign of God to those who put their faith in Jesus. In the teaching of the Synoptics, it is not possible, from outside appearance of human beings, to see who is God's child and that of Satan. Judgement is left in the hands of God, the Supreme Judge. The existence of Satan and demons is accepted without question. Though Satan and demons are in the world, man is free to make his own decision independently, and is accountable to God. The kingdom of God is the reign of God both in the present age and in the age to come. The kingdom of God was promised in the Old Testament to Israel, was fulfilled in the New Testament by the coming of Jesus Christ on earth, and will be consummated at the end of this age. The kingdom of God is revealed to people through the ministry of Jesus which includes; healing, demon exorcism, raising the dead, forgiveness of sins, and the righteous lives of those who have been saved from their sins. The kingdom of God is a moral and ethical kingdom. For the kingdom of God to be experienced, one has to have faith in Jesus and the good news he brought. Faith is also necessary for one to continue in the kingdom. Faith result in a humble life and dependency of the one who brought the kingdom. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Bible. N.T. Gospels - Criticism, interpretation, etc. en_US
dc.subject Kingdom of God - Biblical teaching. en_US
dc.subject Faith - Biblical teaching. en_US
dc.subject Ethics in the Bible. en_US
dc.title The demand for faith in the kingdom ethos according to the synoptics en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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