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A Vision for the Church: Studies in Early Christian by Markus Bockmuehl, Visit Amazon's Michael B. Thompson Page,

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What's the Church? maybe extra importantly, what's it intended to be? How did its earliest contributors comprehend this physique of which that they had develop into a part?This is a textbook number of fifteen essays via a global staff of recent testomony specialists. The

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1 It would be possible to extend such comparisons muc h more widely by including the tw o evangelists' treatmen t of the disciple s a s a whole; bu t this muc h mus t suffice . Ther e is evidence o f a steady tendenc y i n bot h writers. 12) . Matthe w will not allo w this. H e i s loyal to th e Jerusalem leadership , Jesus' famil y (who ar e still there), th e disciples , an d especiall y Peter, who i s so ofte n their spokesman in his Gospel . A CHURC H WIT H A STRUCTUR E AND A D I S C I P L I N E With hi s Jewish background , Matthe w sa w the Churc h organize d a s a part o f Judaism.

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Returning to no one evil for evil. . if your enemy is hungry, feed him . 14-21): here is the substance of Matthew s 'Bu t I say unto yo u . ' i n th e sublim e eloquence o f the Sermon o n the Mount. 6) ; here agai n Matthew wante d t o bridge the gap . 48). But these words are spoken to th e Apostles , an d th e wis e pasto r know s tha t no t ever y believe r can aspire to perfection . So the Matthea n Jesu s says to the rich man, 'I f you wish t o be perfect, go sell your possessions . 21): perhaps there are those in the evangelist's pew s who would lik e to enter the kingdom, bu t do no t min d no t bein g perfect.

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