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The Life and the Teachings of Jesus

The Life and the Teachings of Jesus

I.       The  Life  of  Jesus

A.     His Life-long Experiences

1.        His birth

 a.      Prophecies in the Bible

(a)     God promised a savior from the descendants of Abraham (Gen ; Ref.: Gal 3:16)

(b)     From the tribe of Judah, the seed of David (Gen 49:9-10; Jer 23:5,6)

(c)     Born of a virgin (Is )

(d)     Born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)

 b.      The message and instruction of angels before and after His birth

(a)     Mary (Lk -38)

(b)     Joseph (Mt -25)

(c)     The shepherds (Lk 2:8-20)

(d)     Simeon (Lk -35)

·         Homework:  list the main points of the angel’s instruction from items 1) to 4).

 c.      The fulfillment of prophecies

(a)     Jesus was born of the descendants of David, Judah, and Abraham (Mt 1:1-17)

(b)     Born of virgin Mary (Mt -23)

(c)     Born in Bethlehem (Lk 2:1-7; Mt 2:1-6)

2.        The childhood of Jesus

 a.      Fled to Egypt because of King Herod’s killing of infants (Mt -15, 16-18)

 b.      Lived in Nazareth after the death of Herod (Mt -23)

 c.      Went with his parents to Jerusalem to keep the Passover at the age of twelve (Lk ,42)

 d.      After the feast, Jesus stayed in the temple to discuss with the teachers of the laws (Lk -51)

 e.      Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and men (Lk )

3.        Before He began His ministry

 a.      Received baptism

(a)     Received John’s baptism to fulfill all righteousness (Mt -15)

(b)     After baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, and a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Mt ,17)

(c)     John the Baptist was the forerunner to Jesus, he introduced and proved Jesus was the Christ (Mt 3;11,12; Jn -34; -30; Ref.: Mt 3:1-10)

·         Homework:  from the verses above, list John’s introduction of Jesus.

 b.      Fasted for forty days and nights

(a)     Fasted and prayed forty days before His ministry to ask for power (Mk ,13; Ref.: Mt 17:19-21)

 c.      Tempted by Satan, Satan’s temptations are:

(a)     Lust of the eyes (Mt 4:8-11)

(b)     Lust of the flesh (Mt 4:2-4)

(c)     Pride of life (Mt 4:5-7)

·         These lusts are from the world, but Jesus used the Word of God to defeat and overcome the temptations (Ref.: I Jn 2:15-17; Jas 4:7)

4.        His ministry

 a.      Early periods in Judah

(a)     Jesus began His ministry at about the age of thirty (Lk )

(b)     Turned water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee (Jn 2:1-12)

(c)     Went to Jerusalem on the Passover, cleansed the holy temple (Jn -17)

(d)     Discussed the Truth with Nicodemus (Jn 3:1-15)

(e)     Discussed the Truth with a Samaritan woman on His way from Judah to Galilee (Jn 4:1-42)

 b.      Early periods in Galilee

(a)     Preaching in the region of Capernum (Mt -16)

(b)     Calling four disciples (Mt 9:9-13)

(c)     Preaching the gospel of the heavenly kingdom throughout towns and villages (Mt -38)

(d)     Healed a person with leprosy (Mt 8:1-4)

(e)     Healed a paralytic (Mt 9:1-8)

(f)      Healed a man with a withered hand (Mt 12:9-13)

(g)     Debated with the Pharisees over the issue of Sabbath (Mt 12:1-8)

 c.      Middle periods in Galilee

(a)     Calling of the twelve disciples (Mt 10:10:2-4; Lk -16)

(b)     Sermon on the mount (Mt 5-7)

(c)     Resurrected the widow’s son in Nain (Lk -17)

(d)     Seven parables of the heavenly kingdom (Mt 13:1-53)

(e)     Calmed the winds and the sea (Mk -41)

(f)      Cast out the demon of legion (Mk 5:1-20)

(g)     Healed a woman with twelve years of issuing blood (Mk -34)

(h)     Resurrected Jairus’s daughter (Mk -24, 35-43)

(i)       Fed five thousand with five loaves and two fish (Mk -44)

(j)       Walked on the sea (Mk -52)

 d.      Latter periods in Galilee

(a)     Healed a Canaanite woman’s daughter (Mt -28); entered the region of Tyre and Sidon

(b)     Fed four thousand with seven breads and a few fish (Mt -39)

(c)     Recognized by Peter to be the Christ in Ceasarea (Mt -20)

(d)     Prophesied of His own suffering and resurrection (Mt 16:21-28; Ref.: Mt 17:22,23, 20:17-19)

(e)     Transfiguration on the mountain (Mt 17:1-13)

(f)      Healed an epileptic child (Mt -21)

(g)     Teaching of forgiveness (Mt -35)

 e.      Latter periods in Judah

(a)     In Perea (Ref.: Mt 19:1, 2; Mk 10:1)

(i)       Sent the seventy to preach the gospel (Lk 10:1-20)

(ii)     Spoke of the good Samaritan (Lk -37)

(iii)    Prophesied that Jerusalem will become a wasteland (Lk -35)

(iv)   Parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and prodigal son (Lk 15:1-32)

(v)     Parable of the unjust steward (Lk 16:1-13)

(vi)   Story of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk -31)

(vii)  Healed the ten persons with leprosy (Lk -19)

(viii)Debated over the issue of divorcing one’s wife (Mt 19:3-12; Mk 10:1-12)

(ix)    Zaccheus the chief tax collector received the gospel (Lk 19:1-10)

(b)     In Jerusalem

(i)       Entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey (Mt 21:1-11)

(ii)     Cleansed the holy temple (Mt -17)

(iii)    Parable of the wicked vine dresser (Mt -46)

(iv)   Spoke of the greatest commandment (Mt -40)

(v)     Rebuked the Pharisees and scribes, their seven woes (Mt -36)

(vi)   Prophesied of the temple’s destruction and the signs of the last days (Mt 24:1-51; Mk 13; Lk 21)

(vii)  Parables of the ten virgins, three servants, and sheep and goat (Mt 25:1-46)

(viii)Mary’s anointment of expensive perfume on Jesus (Mk 14:1-9; Jn 12:1-8)

(ix)    Washed the disciples’ feet (Jn 13:1-20)

(x)      Instituted the holy communion (Lk 22:14-20; Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-26)

5.        His suffering and resurrection

 a.      Prophesied of His own death and resurrection after three days (Mt -19)

 b.      His three prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, forsaking His own will and was submissive until death (Mt 26:36-46; Phil 2:6-8)

 c.      Judas betrayed Jesus with the sign of a kiss (Mt 26:47-50)

 d.      Pilate proclaimed Jesus’ innocence three times (Lk 23:4,14,22)

 e.      To save us, Jesus suffered the most dreadful form of execution (Mt 26:47 - 27:35; Ps -19)

 f.       For our sins, His soul tasted death in Hades (Mt 27:45,46; Acts -31; Heb 2:9)

 g.      His death opened for us a way to the heavenly kingdom (Mt 27:50, 51; Heb ,20)

 h.      Jesus resurrected on the third day, appeared to the disciples for forty days (Lk 24:44-48; Acts 1:1-5)

 i.        Ascended to heaven in the presence of the disciples; the angels proclaimed of His second coming (Lk 24:50,51; Acts 1:6-9)

 j.        Gave the disciples Holy Spirit ten days after his ascension, to prove that he has indeed resurrected and is now in heaven (Acts 2:30-36; I Pet 3:22)

·         Based on Mt 26:5 - 27:35, list the persecutions and sufferings that Jesus endured for our sake.

B.     The Spirit and Essence of His Ministry

1.        His primary work

 a.      Proclaimed the gospel of the heavenly kingdom (Mt )

(a)     Existence of the heavenly kingdom (Jn 14:1-3)

(b)     Conditions in heaven (Mt ; LK ,36)

(c)     Way that leads to heaven (Jn 14:6, 10:7-10)

(d)     Method of entering into heaven (Jn 3;5; Mk )

(e)     Rewards in heaven (Lk 19:15-19; Mt 19:29)

 b.      Healed all kinds of illness and sickness (Mt )

(a)     Healed a person born blind (Jn 9:1-7)

(b)     Cast out seven demon from Mary of Magdalene (Lk 8:2)

(c)     Resurrected Lazarus who was dead for four days (Jn -45)

 c.      Performed many wonders

(a)     Calmed the winds and the sea (Mt -27)

(b)     Commanded Simon to cast the net, drawing a net full of fish (Lk 5:4-17; Ref.: Jn 21:6-11)

(c)     Fed five thousand with five breads and two fish (Mt -21)

 d.      Trained the disciples

(a)     Selected the twelve to live together with Him and to learn from Him (Lk 8:1; Mt -27)

(b)     Explained the teachings to the disciples (Mk 4:33,34; Mt 13:10-23)

(c)     Gave them authority and sent them out to preach the gospel (Lk 9:1-6; Mt 10:1-20)

(d)     Brought them to the mountain to pray and to see His glory (Lk -36)

(e)     Entrusted them the commision of preaching the gospel and pastoring work before His ascension (Mk 16:15-20; Mt 28:16-20; Jn 21:15-17)

(f)      Sent the seventy out to preach the gospel (Lk 10:1-20)

 e.      Prayed continuously

(a)     Power and strength comes from prayer (Ref.: Mt 17:19-21; Exod 17:11-13)

(b)     Fasted for forty days and nights before He began His ministry (Mt 4:1,2)

(c)     In His ministry, He prayed early in the morning (Mk -35)

(d)     After a great miracle, He prayed alone in the mountains until the fourth watch (Mk -48)

(e)     Prayed all night before selecting the twelve disciples (Lk -17)

(f)      Prayed with loud cries and tears in Gethsemane (Lk -46; Heb 5:7)

2.        His spirit of preaching the gospel

 a.      With a heart of love

(a)     Proclaimed the Truth with mercy and compassion (Mk 6:34; Mt 9:35-38)

(b)     Healed the sick out of love, telling them not to tell others (Mk -44)

(c)     Could not bear to see the crowd go home hungry, gave them bread to eat (Mt -39)

(d)     Gave up His life to save all people to enter into heaven (Mt ; Jn )

 b.      With a meek and lowly heart (Mt )

(a)     Humbled Himself to serve others and gave His life as a ransom for many (Mt 20:28; Jn 13:12-17)

(b)     Accepted sinners (Lk -33; 15:1,2)

(c)     Did not boast of Himself (Jn ; )

(d)     Was not easily angered (Lk -56)

(e)     Endured shame and suffering (Mt 26:62-68; I Pet , 3)

 c.      Treated people with fairness and justice

(a)     Treated the rich and the poor alike (Mt 9:9-13)

(b)     Forgave sinners who truly repented (Lk -50)

(c)     Judged with fairness to discern right from wrong (Jn ,24; , 16)

 d.      Faithful unto death

(a)     Regarded His work more important than food and drink (Mk 6:30, 31; Jn 4:31-34)

(b)     Worked diligently without rest or sleep (Mk -35; -48)

(c)     Submissive to the Father’s will even unto death (Mt 26:39-42; Phil 2:8)

3.        His method of preaching

 a.      Group evangelism

(a)     In the mountains (Mt 5:1, 2)

(b)     In the wilderness (Mk -35)

(c)     In the synagogues (Mk )

 b.      Personal evangelism

(a)     To Nicodemus (Jn 3:1-15)

(b)     To the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:5-42)

(c)     To Mary (Lk -42)

(d)     To a servant who asked about the Truth (Lk 18:18-23; Mt 19:16-22; Mk 10:17-23)

(e)     Explained exclusively to the disciples (Mt -23)

 c.      Different teachings

(a)     Basic teachings such as sermon on the mount (Mt 5-7)

(b)     Focused on the needs

(i)       To the guests of a feast (Lk -14)

(ii)     To the host of a feast (Lk 14:7-11)

(c)     Used many parables

(i)       Parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and prodigal son (Lk 15:3-32)

(ii)     The wicked steward (Lk 16:1-12)

(iii)    Rich man and Lazarus (Lk -31)

(iv)   The persistent widow (Lk 18:1-8)

(v)     The ten servants and minas (Lk -27)

(d)     Rebukes of love

(i)       Seven woes of the Pharisees and scribes (Mt -36)

(ii)     Hoping that they will return and repent (Mt -39)

(e)     Towards the tempters

(i)       Kind reply: ask of the greatest commandment (Mt -40)

(ii)     Wise reply: ask of paying tax to Caesar (Mt -22)

(f)      Set an example Himself

(i)       Non-retaliation (Mt -41); His actual deeds (Mt 26:51-56)

(ii)     Prayed for enemies (Mt -48); His actual prayer (Lk )

4.        His life of ministry

 a.      Lived in poverty

(a)     Lived a poor and difficult life (Lk ,58)

(b)     Did not have money to pay taxes (Mt -27)

(c)     Often was hungry (Mt , 33)

 b.      Lived in danger

(a)     An object of jealousy (Mt 27:18)

(b)     A victim of slanders (Mk 3:22-30; Mt 12:22-37)

(c)     A victim of a conspiracy (Jn 7:1; Mk 3:1-6; Jn 11:53-57; Mt 26:1-4)

 c.      Lived in loneliness

(a)     His family could not understand Him (Jn 7:3-5; Mk 3:20,21)

(b)     People in his own town despised Him(Mk 6:1-6)

(c)     His disciples did not truly know Him(Lk 22:24-30; Mt 20:20-28; Jn 16:12, 13)

 d.      But still, he received a king’s welcome (Mt 21:1-11)

 e.      Loved and protected by those who feared the Lord (Jn -51; -42; Mk 14:3-9)

 f.       Lived filled with hope

(a)     Because of His sacrifice, many souls can be saved (Jn )

(b)     Gospel of salvation shall be preached throughout the world (Mk ,16; Lk 24:46,47; Acts 1:8)

(c)     He shall see the fruits of His own labor (Is 53:11)

II.    The  Teachings  of  Jesus

A.     The Sermon on the Mount

1.        A sermon about the true blessings (Mt 5:1-12)

 a.      Location:  probably on the hillside areas in northern shore of Sea of Galilee

 b.      True blessing cannot be found in this world, because the world is not eternal; the heavenly kingdom is everlasting and incorruptible, and is a place with true blessings; Jesus spoke of the nine types of people who are blessed:

 c.      Those who are poor in spirit:  not self-satisfying, humble at heart; e.g., Eunuch of Ethiopia (Acts , 31-39)

 d.      Those who mourn:  encounter misfortunes, with a heart of sorrow; e.g., Canaanite woman (Mt 15:21-28; Ref.: Lk 7:11-13)

 e.      Those who are meek: able to withstand the circumstances, not quarrelsome; e.g., Isaac (Gen 26:12-22)

 f.       Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness:  seeking what is good, eager to perform righteous deeds; e.g., Joseph (Lk -53)

 g.      Those who are merciful:  full of compassion, willing to help others in need; e.g., the good Samaritan (Lk -37)

 h.      Those who are pure in heart:  have a heart of holiness and without evil thoughts; e.g., Anna (Lk -38)

 i.        Peacemakers:  a peaceful person who can also be an ambassador of peace; e.g., Paul (Philemon 8-18)

 j.        Those who are persecuted:  persecuted for what is just and righteous in the sight of God; e.g., John the Baptist (Mt 14:1-12)

 k.      Those who suffer shame, persecution, and slandering:  their blessings will be great in the heavenly kingdom; e.g., Paul (II Tim 4:7,8; Ref.: II Cor 11:23-29)

2.        The value of discipleship (Mt -16)

 a.      Be the salt of the world

(a)     Salt is used for preservation and seasoning; a disciple is valuable in that he has power to resist sins and can mediate people who are in conflict (Ref.: Heb 12:4; Col 4:6; Mt 5:9)

 b.      Be the light of the world

(a)     Light is used for brightening and for leading; light signifies good deeds, the disciples ought to exhibit good examples in all aspects of life and lead by examples in all good deeds (Phil 2:14-16; I Tim 4:12)

3.        The Lord came to fulfill the Law (Mt -48)

The Lord Jesus came not to destroy the Law of the Old Testament, but to fulfill it; the five major sacrifices, seven feasts are fulfilled in their true essence through the dedication of our bodies as a sacrifice; other laws are further elevated and strengthen; the Lord said to the disciples, “unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:17-20); regarding our deeds, the Lord’s teachings are:

 a.      Law:  you shall not kill (Mt ; Exod )
The Lord’s teaching:  do not anger, rebuke, or hate (-26)

 b.      Law:  you shall not commit adultery (Mt ; Exod )
The Lord’s teaching:  do not have lustful thoughts (Mt )

 c.      Law:  those who divorce the wife must give her a certificate of divorce (Mt -30; Deut 24:1)
The Lord’s teaching:  unless in cases of sexual immoralities, the woman who is divorced is viewed as an adulterer; he who marries this divorced woman also commits adultery (Mt 5:31-32; Ref.: Mt 19:4-9)

 d.      Law:  do not swear (Mt )
The Lord’s teaching:  do not swear; “let your yes be yes ... anything more is from the evil one” (Mt -37)

 e.      Law:  an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth ()
The Lord’s teaching:  do not oppose the sinners, do not resist or retaliate, yield in all things (-42)

 f.       Law:  love your neighbor, hate your enemy ()
The Lord’s teaching:  love your enemies and pray for them; imitate the great love of the heavenly Father (-48)

4.        Seek to please the Lord in all things (6:1-34)

In all things, fear and respect the Lord, do all things in the Lord’s presence to please Him (Ref.: Gal 1:10; II Cor 5:9)

 a.      Giving charity: 

(a)     do not do good to receive praises from men, do it in secrecy, the heavenly Father will remember and reward us (6:1-4)

 b.      Prayer: 

(a)     do not pray where others will see or know, pray in secrecy and the heavenly Father will accept and reward us (6:5-8)

(i)       The Lord’s prayer: 

Teaches us to pray for the matters of God first; pray for all people to believe in Jesus, fear Him, submit to His authority, and do His will on earth; pray to God to forgive our wrongdoing just as we also forgive others; pray for His protection that we not encounter temptations and that He deliver us from evil

 c.      Fasting: 

(a)     do not intentionally let others know, do it in secrecy and the heavenly Father will be watching

 d.      Treasures: 

(a)     store up treasures in heaven, not on earth; where our treasures are, there our heart will also be

 e.      Life: 

(a)     a man cannot serve two masters, God and Mammon - money; seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, which is to show care for the holy work, keep God’s commandments, then all our daily needs will be provided

5.        Interpersonal relations and final conclusion (7:1-27)

The golden rule:  “whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” ()

 a.      Do not judge:

(a)     examine ourselves, do not find the faults of others, do not criticize behind their backs

 b.      Do not give the treasure to dogs and pigs:

(a)      must be observant in preaching the gospel, no need to spend time with people who are like dogs and pigs

 c.      Road traveled by many may not be right: 

(a)     the Lord said, “for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

 d.      From a person’s deeds, we know his characters: 

(a)     a good tree bears good fruits, only a bad tree will bear bad fruits

 e.      If we seek, we will find: 

(a)     pray with importunity, seek with concentration, knock on the door with persistency

 f.       Who can enter into heaven: 

(a)     not those who merely believe, preach the gospel, or perform miracles; but those who follow the will of the heavenly Father

 g.      Two foundations: 

(a)     those who listen to the Truth and practice it is like the wise who build the foundation on rock; those who listen but do not do it is like a fool who build the foundation on sand

After the sermon, people marveled at the teachings of Jesus, because He taught them like one with authority, unlike their scribes (, 29)

B.     Two Great Commandments

The teacher of the law asked Jesus about which is the greatest commandment of the laws.  Jesus answered him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself”

1.        Love God

 a.      He is our God, our Father in heaven (Mt ; 6:9)

 b.      He begot us (Mt 19:4)

 c.      He raised us (Mt ; -34)

 d.      He protects us (Mt -31)

 e.      He will give us eternal life (Jn )

 f.       Believe in Him, respect Him, and love Him (Mt )

 g.      Obey His commandments (Mt -19)

 h.      Live for Him:  offer financially and dedicate ourselves (Mt ,21)

 i.        Love the Lord with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength (Mt ; Mk )

C.     Parables of the heavenly kingdom

The seven parables contain the mysteries of the church’s change (Mt , 35)

1.        Parable of the sower

 a.      Instruct the Apostolic church to sow the seeds of heavenly kingdom, to reap a full harvest (13:1-9, 17-22)

2.        Parable of wheat and tares

 a.      After the apostles, enemies will sow tares in the wheat field, the Apostolic church is no longer pure and holy (-30, 36-43)

3.        Parable of the mustard seed

 a.      In the time of the old church, although the gospel was widely spread, birds dwelt in the midst (-32, 19)

4.        Parable of the leaven

 a.      Leaven signifies sins and heresy (Ref.: I Cor 5:6-8; Mt 16:6-15; Lev ); in the era of the Protestants, the church was secular and corrupt (-35)

 b.      The three latter parables were given inside a house, the first four were given by the sea (13:1, 36); the seven parables are divided into two groups; parables 1-4 prefigure the corruption of a perfect church; parables 5-7 prefigure the rebuilding of the true the church in latter days with Holy Spirit and Truth

5.        Parable of the hidden treasure ()

6.        Parable of the pearl (,46)

7.        Parable of the net (-52)

 a.      In the Old Testament, because of the sins of the kings and the people, the holy temple was destroyed and the people were taken captive to Babylon for seventy years.  When the time was fulfilled, God allowed them to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the holy temple (I Chron 36:17-23).  The holy temple signifies the true church.  Although the church may be corrupt, in the end times, God will once again send the Holy Spirit, reveal the Truth of salvation preached in Apostolic times, rebuild the true church of Apostolic times, and finish the work of world ministry to prepare for the Lord’s second coming (Ref.: Amos 9:11; Joel 2:23; Jude 3; Eph 4:4-6; Hag 2:9)

D.     The gospel of salvation

1.        Believe in Jesus Christ (Jn ; , 26; 14:6)

2.        Repent of past sins (Lk 19:1-10; , 38, 47; 13:1-5)

3.        Receive water baptism (Mk ; Jn 3:5)

4.        Receive foot-washing (Jn 13:8, 20)

5.        Partake holy communion (Lk , 20; Jn , 54)

6.        Pray for the Holy Spirit (Jn 3:5; , 13; Acts 1:8)

7.        Keep the commandments, including the Sabbath (Mt -19; 24:20)

E.     The great commission of the church

1.        To give authority

 a.      Authority to heal and cast out demons (Mt 10:1)

 b.      Authority to forgive and retain sins (Mt 18:17,18; Jn 20:21-23)

2.        To preach the gospel

 a.      Preach the gospel to all the world (Mk ; Mt 28:19,20)

 b.      Give the power of Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8)

3.        To feed the lambs of God

 a.      Feed the little lambs (Jn -17)

 b.      Build up the church (Jn ,35; ; 15:1-6)

F.      Who is Jesus ?

1.        Savior (Lk -11)

 a.      He will save us from physical pain and suffering (Mt -17)

 b.      He will deliver us from a life living in sins (Mt ; Lk 19:1-10)

 c.      He will save us into the heavenly kingdom (Jn 14:1-3; Lk 23:42-43)

 d.      He is the only savior (Jn 14:6; Ref.: Acts )

2.        Creator

 a.      He created all things in the universe (Jn 1:1-4, 14)

 b.      He controls all things, calming the winds and the sea (Mk -41)

 c.      He has control over life and death, causing people to resurrect (Jn , 39-44)

 d.      Those who do not believe in Jesus do not believe in the creator (I Jn , 23)

3.        Judge (Jn )

 a.      The Lord will come again in the last days to carry out His judgment (Mt 25:31-46; Jn )

 b.      Those who are saved will receive eternal life, those who remain will be eternally punished (Mt 25:46, 41)

 c.      Heaven and earth will be destroyed, there will be a new heaven and new earth (Mt ; II Pet 3:8-14)

 d.      Religious confusion in the end times, coming of great tribulations (Mt 24:5, 24, 7, 21-22)

4.        Self testimony of Jesus

 a.      I and the Father are one (Jn )

 b.      If you see Me, you have seen the Father (Jn 14:9)

 c.      “Before Abraham was, I AM”  (Jn )

 d.      “Authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Mt 28:18)

 e.      Jesus was God who came in the form of flesh to save mankind (Jn 1:1-3, 14)

 f.       “Jesus” is the name of the Father, therefore, Jesus is the Father Himself (Jn ; Mt )

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