The work of the Trinity in the life of Jesus part 6: The teachings

The teachings of Jesus are many, and throughout them, we not only see Godly ways for us to live, but also a greater glimpse into the character of God.

To compare the gospel accounts of Jesus’ teachings, one can see some differences.[1] Among those are teachings unique to a specific gospel, teachings in differing order from another and teachings in differing lengths. This has incited criticism.

Regarding the dissimilarity in the way the gospel accounts record the same teachings, Blomberg comes to the conclusion that, “in all probability, Jesus originally uttered one connected, coherent eschatological from which the three Synoptists have chosen to reproduce different portions in different places.”[2] In other instances where some teachings are in one gospel and not another, it seems that source theory[3] or a writer’s intentional spiritual emphasis for his particular gospel[4] may have had something to do with that.

Jesus’ teachings seem to be either parables or replies to questions asked by Pharisees, disciples or others. In further instances, Jesus is the one who initiates the question, then answers it through a teaching. On other occasions, his teachings are prophetic or are other teachings privately told to his disciples while at other times, he taught to multitudes of more than 5,000.

Regarding catching a glimpse into the nature of the Father, His people were desperately missing an understanding of God’s grace and our responsibility to also bestow grace. Due to the large populace of the poor and destitute, [5] Jesus often taught about the Father’s provision for the poor, as well as demonstrated His healing to the sick; therefore not just teaching about the Father’s love, but also demonstrating it and leading by example.

It becomes overwhelming when one looks more closely at how some teachings were spurred on by conversation. On the outset, the conversations seemed spontaneous, but looking upon them further, it seems as if Jesus had a teaching prepared and ready to go, and these spontaneous conversations were a set up for the teaching. Therefore, God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit had to have the foreknowledge of what, where and when a question by the Pharisees or other form of conversation was about to strike. Then, Jesus was ready with a perfect lesson.

[2] Ibid. 185.

[4] Ibid. 95.

[5] Jeffers, James, The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era, (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic), 181, 188-189.

5 thoughts on “The work of the Trinity in the life of Jesus part 6: The teachings

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