To the Ends of the Earth

Before his Ascension, Jesus claimed to have been given “ all authority in Heaven and on Earth ,” therefore he would send his disciples to announce his Lordship and salvation to the “ nations ,” to the “ uttermost parts of the Earth .” The Era of Salvation commenced with his Death and Resurrection, and his Life-Giving message must therefore be proclaimed to all men, women, and children. Did he not die for the entire world and not just Israel?

As many as He Calls

After completing his sermon, Peter summoned his audience to repent and be baptized “ in the name of Jesus Christ .” However, something more than just a call to accept the Gospel was transpiring in the passage. He concluded his sermon on a note of fulfillment and with a foretaste of things to come. It began with a citation from the Book of Joel , and it finished with a clause from the same passage, thus neatly bracketing the message.

To the Cross

In the Gospel of Mark , we see Jesus “ on the way ” to Jerusalem and the Cross. This theme occurs several times in Mark , beginning with the Baptist who was sent to “ prepare THE WAY before the Lord .” The Nazarene would complete his mission as the ‘ Suffering Servant ’ portrayed in the Book of Isaiah . He would be tried by the priestly leaders of the Temple, and face death outside the walls of the City of David at the hands of Rome.

Son Alliance Incomparable

La “ Parole ” définitive que Dieu prononce maintenant “ dans le Fils " surpasse toutes les révélations passées faites dans “ les prophètes ", y compris Moïse, le Grand Législateur. Jésus de Nazareth est allé au-delà de tous ses prédécesseurs. Lui seul “ a accompli la purification des péchés ." Par conséquent, il “ s'assit " à la droite de Dieu et hérita “ de toutes choses .” Entre autres choses, son exaltation a marqué le début de la “ Nouvelle Alliance " promise.

Firstborn of the Dead

In his Letter to the Colossians , Paul stresses the exaltation of Jesus following his resurrection. Some members of the congregation were confused about his authority over the spiritual powers that remained hostile to God and His people; therefore, Paul reminded the Assembly of just how highly God has exalted the one who became the “ Firstborn of the Dead .”

The Foundation

In 2 Timothy , Paul discusses the future resurrection of believers as he responds to denials of this “ sound teaching ” by deceivers who were disrupting the Assembly, denials he treats as little more than idle chatter. In doing so, he demonstrates that his later theology remains well within the Apostolic Tradition and the teachings of his earliest letters. From the beginning, belief in the coming resurrection was central to the doctrine of salvation taught by Jesus, his Apostles, and the early Church. This teaching was and remains “sound” because it is based on the past resurrection of Jesus from the dead.