Did Jesus’s Disciples Think He Was God
I agree with Duck that Father and Son are metaphors of God and that they, as any name, title, metaphor, or descriptor, can lose their impact if used without reflection. But to gut modern Christianity of the Father-Son metaphor runs the serious danger of robbing future generations of the rich, relational understanding of God as Father and Jesus as Son. As mentioned above, father abuse of wives and children was doubtless present in Jesus' day also. Abuse of children by their fathers is a terrible thing, but is a bogus argument for discarding the metaphor of Father and Son.
The disciples’ greatest argument, rivalry .
Here Jesus was again saluted bythe cries of grief and sympathy of those who owed him so much gratitude, and the soldiershad considerable difficulty in keeping back the men and women who crowded round from allparts. They clasped their hands, fell on their knees, lamented andexclaimed, Release thisman unto us, release him!
30 Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" 31 And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:"He was led as a sheep to slaughter; and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so He does not open His mouth.33 "In humiliation His judgment was taken away; Who will relate His generation? For His life is removed from the earth."34 The eunuch answered Philip and said, "Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?"
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. 36 As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?" 37 And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." 38 And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.
Jesus’ Self-Understanding - N. T. Wright
Rather, thetrue circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable." 54) Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the Kingdomof Heaven." 55) Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate his father and his mothercannot become a disciple to Me.
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For you are from it, and to it you willreturn." 50) Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where did you come from?',say to them, 'We came from the light, the place where the lightcame into being on its own accord and established [itself] andbecame manifest through their image.' If they say to you, 'Is ityou?', say, 'We are its children, we are the elect of the LivingFather.' If they ask you, 'What is the sign of your father inyou?', say to them, 'It is movement and repose.'" 51) His disciples said to Him, "When will the repose of the deadcome about, and when will the new world come?" He said to them, "What you look forward to has already come,but you do not recognize it." 52) His disciples said to Him, "Twenty-four prophets spoke inIsrael, and all of them spoke in You." He said to them, "You have omitted the one living in yourpresence and have spoken (only) of the dead." 53) His disciples said to Him, "Is circumcision beneficial ornot?" He said to them, "If it were beneficial, their father wouldbeget them already circumcised from their mother.
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He wished to enter the gardenbefore them, and embrace and salute Jesus as if he were returning to him as his friend anddisciple, and then for the soldiers to run forward and seize the person of Jesus.
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32 Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed." Immediately he got up. 35 And all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.
36 Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did. 37 And it happened at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room. 38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, "Do not delay in coming to us." 39 So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. 40 But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. 43 And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.