CRS

New Life in Christ

len Alfred Ajibola - 15th September, 2023 @ 12:49 PM

Topics in CRS

Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Modesty and Continency Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Goodness, Longanimity and Mildness Characteristics of the new life in Christ New Life in Christ Concept of justification by faith The Supremacy of God Supremacy of God Lessons learnt from God's supremacy Jesus as the Living Bread explained Lessons learnt from Jesus' teaching as the Living Bread Why does suffering and pain exist? Forgiveness: Jesus' teaching on forgiveness and its importance What is Forgiveness? Jesus' teaching on forgiveness Jesus' teaching on giving The Prodigal Son, Moral lessons learnt Moral lessons learnt from the parable of the prodigal son Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 1st Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 2nd Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 3rd Term Biblical account of Creation


Academic Questions in CRS

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The feeding of five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fishes paved way for Jesus' teaching on _____.

  • A. The sermon on the mount

  • B. The living bread

  • C. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving

  • D. The prodigal son

  • E. The good samaritan

  • F. Giving

According to Christianity, Jesus Christ suffered for us all. As a result, Christians do not have to suffer on earth.

  • A. True

  • B. False

In the gospel of Matthew chapter 18 verse 21-35, Jesus tells what story?

  • A. The story of the prodigal son

  • B. The story of the good Samaritan

  • C. The story of the fig tree

  • D. The beatitudes

  • E. The story of the vineyard

  • F. The story of the unforgiving servant

What is Jesus' last word on the cross?

  • A. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing

  • B. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me

  • C. I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise

  • D. I am thirsty

  • E. It is finished

  • F. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

With regards to giving, Jesus made the statement below:

Do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. If you do this, you will have a reward from your Father in heaven.

  • A. True

  • B. False

At last, he came to his senses and said, 'All my father’s hired workers have more than they can eat, and here am I about to starve! I will get up and go back to my father and say, Father, I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer fit to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired workers'. So he got up and started back to his father.

The above statement was made by the prodigal son when he took up a job in a distant country. What job was that?

  • A. Care of cattle

  • B. Care of sheep

  • C. Care of goats

  • D. Care of pigs

  • E. Care of cattle and sheep

  • F. Care of cattle and sheep and goats

The parable of the prodigal son is found in which of the following bible passages?

  • A. Matthew 15: 11-32

  • B. Mark 15: 11-32

  • C. Luke 15: 11-32

  • D. John 15: 11-32

  • E. None of the above

  • F. All of the above

Jesus was born specifically in _____.

  • A. Jerusalem

  • B. Bethlehem

  • C. Nazareth

  • D. Israel

  • E. Capernaum

  • F. Calvary



Concept of New Life in Christ:

The creation of our first parents as presented in Genesis 1:26-31 was an epitome of perfection. By this, I imply that God graced Adam and Eve with His glory and perfection during creation. Quoting the above bible verse, it is noteworthy to emphasize that Adam and Eve were made in the image and likeness of God.

  • Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them - Genesis :26-27.
  • Please read on the biblical account of creation here.

 

This image and likeness of God within us are more perceived in our souls. In this regard, the main similarities between the image of humans and God emanates from the two facts below:

  1. The soul of human is immortal (cannot die), just as God cannot die.

  2. The human soul is a spirit, just as God is spirit. In fact, God is a supreme spirit who alone exists of Himself and is infinite in all perfection.

  3. Please read on the attributes of God here.

 

Although the above paragraph establishes the fact that all humans are made in God's image and likeness; however, a key difference still exists between us and our first parents. This difference lies upon the foundation that Adam and Eve were spotless (and without sin) during their creation. They lived in God's garden where God Himself often took a walk in the cool of the day. They could even hear the sound of God's footsteps.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'

Genesis 3:8-9

 

Unfortunately, our first parents lost these privileges of God's personal presence after they committed sin against Him through an act of disobedience. They were cursed and banished from the garden of Eden, thus giving rise to the origin of our sufferings.

Please read why sufferings and pains exist here.

 

Unlike Adam and Eve, you (and I) were conceived in sin. This sin, called mortal sin, isn't committed by us; rather, it is inherited from our very first parents, Adam and Eve. The resultant pain and chaos in our world today is a result of this inherited sin, alongside other sins committed by our very own actions. Therefore, the adverse consequences of the first human disobedience serves as the source of an old life. Simple put, our old life originated from Adam and Eve's disobedience.

Please more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here.

 

In contrast to the old life which originated from the disobedience of Adam and Eve, the new life originated from the obedience of Jesus. This new life in Christ is the ultimate goal of our purpose on earth, and is particularly initiated through baptism, as clearly stated by Jesus himself. It states thus:

  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age - Matthew 28:19-20.

 

Jesus Christ gave us a new life through his birth, sufferings, death on the cross, and eventual resurrection. In literal words, he saved mankind from death, which was a consequence of the old life. Therefore, Jesus Christ is life himself, and he clearly described himself as such in the bible verse below:

 

In the old testament, God gave Moses the ten commandments. Enough emphasis was laid on these commandments, describing its entire obedience as paramount. God's law and command was extremely important to an extent that He instructed them to have it at heart, and meditate upon it everyday. This is quoted in the bible verse below:

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Joshua 1:7-8

 

It is a popular belief that the Torah (Law) contains a whooping 613 commandments, even though God gave to Prophet Moses the ten commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. However, Jesus simplified these commandments into two. The new life in Christ hinges on the adherence to the two ultimate commands of Jesus. Both commands of Jesus therefore summarizes the Torah and Prophets. They are quoted below:

  • Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments - Matthew 22:37-40.
  • You can read on Jesus' teaching on forgiveness here.

 

Note: St. Paul reiterated the importance of Jesus' commands when he stated that of all the virtues, love is the greatest. In this light, the practice of love for God and neighbor defines the newness of our lives in Christ Jesus.

  • And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love - 1st Corinthians 13:13.

 

The characteristics of the new life are reflected in the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Jesus emphasized these instructions to his disciples in John 14:15-31. Below are some notable deductions from the aforementioned bible verses:

  • If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever; the Spirit of truth - John 14:15-17.

  • But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you - John 14:26.

  • Please read on justification by faith here.

 

The fruits of the Holy Spirit are visible on those who live a new life in Christ. In fact, they are the main characteristics of the new life in Jesus. Below are the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit:

  1. Charity

  2. Joy

  3. Peace

  4. Patience

  5. Benignity (Kindness)

  6. Goodness

  7. Longanimity (Long-suffering and Perseverance)

  8. Mildness

  9. Faith

  10. Modesty

  11. Continency (Self-control)

  12. Chastity

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Amazing facts in CRS

Salvator Mundi - Len Academy

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci is the most expensive painting in the world. It is valued at 450.3 Million Dollars.

This painting depict Jesus Christ with his right hand raised in blessing, and his left hand holding an orb

There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible

Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible

The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:

Jesus wept

 

The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:

Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language

The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen

Revelation 22:21

The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:

Jesus wept

If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English


Notable points in CRS

The parable of the prodigal son as narrated by Jesus himself is one that shows God's incomprehensible mercy and love. This parable is present in the gospel of Luke 15: 11-32.

Jesus began by saying:

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now'. So the man divided his properties between his two sons.

Luke 15: 11-12

From the above passage, it is quite clear that the younger brother had lost interest in the family's affairs. He must have pondered in his heart the sweetness of complete independence on a life of financial abundance.

To actualize his thoughts, he had the effrontery to go to his father to request for his inheritance even though his father is fully alive and active.

Please read a detailed explanation of the parable of the prodigal son and its moral lessons here

Adam and Eve disobeyed God while in the Garden of Eden. Below are the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience:

  • All God's creature became guilty of original sin.

  • Human perfection was lost.

  • God's judgement was pronounced on the snake, woman and man.

  • Chaos and disorderliness came upon earth.

  • Suffering, pain and death was introduced into the world.

  • The first prophesy was made. 

  • Clothing was made.

  • Paradise was temporarily lost.

  • Their disobedience brought about the relevation of Jesus Christ.

  • Please read a detailed explanation on the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience here

Wise men from the east came to visit the infant king. Upon their arrival, they saw the child with his mother Mary. They knelt down and worshiped the infant (Jesus).

Notice that the bible recorded that the wise men knelt down and worshipped the infant (Jesus), according to Matthew 2:11.

Only God can be worshiped. Jesus is always God, even as a baby.

It is important to state that Jesus remained God at every point in his physical existence, even when he was in the womb of the virgin; throughout his life on earth, death on the cross and eventual resurrection.

The wise men from the east opened their treasures and presented the infant Jesus with three significant gifts. These are gold, frankincense and myrrh.

  • Gold represents a symbol of Jesus' kingship. Jesus is the King of kings, even at birth and throughout eternity.

  • Frankincense represents a symbol of Jesus' divinity and a sign of worship. Only God can be worshipped; and as such, Jesus is fully God.

  • Myrrh represents a symbol of Jesus' death. Jesus is truly man, and this is why he was able to suffer and die on the cross.

Please read on the early years of Jesus here.

God created human beings for the following reasons:

  1. To know Him

  2. To love Him

  3. To serve Him

  4. To be happy with Him forever

Our first parent, Adam and Eve enjoyed a life of complete happiness before they committed sin. They never knew what pain nor sorrow was until they disobeyed God. In short, both were perfect beings until they committed the sin of disobedience against God.

Disobedience may simple be defined as the failure to obey rules, command or someone in authority.

Adam and Eve were the first human beings to disobey God.

Please read more on the biblical account of first human disobedience here