By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAY
Jesus lived in a time when the world had a very dim future.
Romans dominated - Caesars were "self-made gods."
The Jewish world had been steeped in rituals for 1500 years.
People were anxious for something different.
Jesus' history until death.
There was a new day dawning much different from anything before.
In this lesson we will see the Dawning of a New Day brought about by Jesus.
THE DAWN OF A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF FAITH.
Righteous men have always been saved by faith - Hab. 2:4 - (Rom. 1:16-17).
Abraham, David - Romans 4.
John 1:1-18; 14:8-9.
O.T. people had come to rely on law and law keeping, something they could see, instead of faith.
THE DAWN OF A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF FORGIVENESS.
The O.T. concept of forgiveness was temporary.
The people labored under severe guilt which was brought about by the concept of legal justification.
Scapegoat - Lev. 16:1-10.
Jesus brought total forgiveness.
I John 1:7.
THE DAWN OF A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF FAMILY.
Religiously - the O.T. concept of family was national.
God designed a spiritual family.
Jesus is the Father's son - John 3:16.
We are adopted by God - Romans 8:12-17.
I John 3:1.
We have a family responsibility.
THE DAWN OF A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE FUTURE.
The O.T. concept was mixed:
Sadducees - no resurrection of angel or spirit.
Pharisees - resurrection of both.
Jesus taught that there would be a resurrection.
Romans 8:11, 23.
Much false teaching often revolved around the resurrection.
I Tim. 1:20.
II Tim. 2:17-18.
I Thess. 4:11-18 - we will be raised.
Jesus brought the dawning of a new understanding to the world.
Where is your understanding?
Have you and do you understand these concepts?
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