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sent Jesus as an atonement, Jesus was also the only way to reach salvation. Jesus took the punishment for all of humanities’ sins so that we could have salvation. Jesus served as a prophet because he was a messenger sent by God, as a priest because He was the only bridge between humanity and God, and as a king because He was superior. Jesus’ life and death was the love of God and Jesus’ identity will always be as God’s son.RestorationJesus’ death caused a restoration of the human heart to “true worship” (Hiles, 2014). In Romans 3:21, Paul spoke of a “righteousness of God apart from the Law” that God would reveal through the cross. By sacrificing Jesus on the cross, God displayed new form of righteousness. The form of righteousness revealed was available to humanity through faith. God gave salvation 4
Benchmark: Gospel Essentialsfor humanity through Jesus to bless all of the people. Humanity’s failure to keep the covenant led to the punishment that Jesus took on our behalf. After Jesus’ death, God could now restore humanity. Through Jesus’ death, justification by faith for humanity was found. Paul explained that justification was available to all who believe in the works Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22). In other words, justification is when God considers a sinful person to be righteous through faith in Jesus. God reigns in the hearts of humans is the kingdom of God, which is also where many of Jesus’ teachings took place (Hiles, 2014). Although the kingdom of God encompasses political and social structures, the purpose of the kingdom was to be a place governed by the human heart.AnalysisThere are many strengths and benefits in regards to the Christian beliefs. The Christian beliefs cause an elimination of fear surrounding death. This is due to the belief of an afterlife, which is when a human’s spirit goes to heaven after physical death. The verse, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matthew 6:13), highlights the Christian belief that there is an effective solution to temptation and sin. Christianity revolves arounds a general outlook of hope, which ties into the Christian’s strength of being able to deal with suffering and pain. One of Christianity’s most impactful strengths is the ability to break the continuous cycle ofdehumanization in the world. Christian’s seek to avoid sinful actions and by doing so it makes a positive impact on all of humanity.