Jesus In The Old Testament Analysis

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As we have seen, for Paul, God the Father is He who has raised Jesus from the dead. Paul views the Abrahamic narrative in this light as if the narrative were written with that statement being true at the time that Abraham walked the earth. The God of Abraham is the God who would raise Jesus from the dead. Implied in that statement is that Jesus had to die. Knowing that Jesus is God the Son, that means that, from time immemorial, the Son is He who would be sent by the Father to suffer and die. The relationship of the Father and the Son is centered around the Father sending the Son, the Son suffering death, and the Father raising the Son: the Paschal Mystery. The Son is the perfect Image of the Father, in eternity and in time, from whom the …show more content…
We have seen that in the Old Testament God is the Father of a People, whose King is His son in a special way. Ancient Judaism held this in a such a way, that it was predestined from creation for all the world to see. Some of Paul’s contemporaries held to universal Fatherhood of God with a special relationship between Him and His people Israel. The Romans held that Rome would be the father of all peoples and that the Emperor would be the Father of the Fatherland, as its savior and founder. Paul takes these things and revolutionizes them after encountering the Risen Christ. Through the Resurrection, the identity of God the Father is revealed to Paul, as He who raises Jesus from the dead. This implies that God the Father’s Identity is centered on His Son, and giving life to Him. This manifests itself in time through the sacramental nature of the Paschal Mystery and in eternity through the begetting of the Son. This fulfills and transcends the notions of Divine Paternity in all cultures, especially those which would have influenced Paul. It also reveals that the very Identity of God the Father is centered on Christ and the Paschal

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