oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - The unique status of Jesus as the Divine Messiah : an exegetical and theological analysis of Mark 1 : 1, 9-13
The intent of this essay is to analyze Mark 1 : 1, 9-13 in order to elucidate the unique status of Jesus as the divine Messiah. An exegetical and theological examination of these verses indicates that with the advent of the Redeemer, God has initiated a new spiritual beginning for humanity. As the Son of God, Jesus enjoys a special and intimate relationship with the Father. Jesus is also fully and absolutely equal to the Father and the Spirit. Furthermore, Jesus, as the ideal Israelite and representative of the human race, completely devoted Himself to do the Father's will, despite the fact that it would eventually cost the Messiah His own life. Even repeated attacks from Satan and the humiliation of the divine Saviour on the cross did not deter Him from fulfilling His preordained mission. In every episode, the Son, who enjoyed the Father's approval and the Spirit's abiding presence, proved Himself to be ""God's Chosen One"" (John 1 : 33).
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