Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on a survey of the new testament. In the Epistle to Philippians, Jesus is referred to as “being in very nature God” (Philippians 2:6 New International Version), and Jesus frequently refers to Himself as “the Son of Man” in the Gospels (e.g. Luke 6:3 New International Version). Finally, the title of “Son from heaven” (1 Thessalonians 1:4 New International Version) is rather instructive.
The title of “Lamb of God” is ascribed to Jesus in the scene of his meeting with the first two Apostles, who are immediately drawn to His worship and following. The word “Lamb” may be used as a poetic equivalent of the title “Son” so that God’s Father is compared to the Shepherd guarding His Son. This may be a rather unorthodox view, but such a comparison is easily drawn from this title.
The title of “the Savior of the World” is connected with the episode in the Gospels when Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman to whom he told of everything that ever transpired to her in her life. This act led to many Samaritans becoming believers and praising Jesus as the Savior of the World.
The characteristic of Jesus as “in very nature God” is directly connected with the concept of Him as God the Son, and is used by Paul to simultaneously call for humility among the believers. The titles of “Son of Man” and “Son of heaven” are expressions of the dual nature of Jesus – both Divine and human.
Among all these titles and names, those of “the Savior of the world”, “Son of Man”, and “Son of Heaven”, are especially helpful, as they express the most important attributes of Jesus as God the Son. On the other hand, such a title as “the Lamb of God” may be considered the least helpful, due to its vague and poetic character.
The development of the early Church was greatly conditioned by the religious, personal, and political factors that had a great impact on its emergence. The factors of particular importance shall be examined below.
The growth of the early Church would have been impossible, had it not been for the conversion of large numbers of the Gentiles that allowed Christianity to escape the narrow national confines of the Judaic world.