• What do you mean by rebel? God knew the answer to the fall, we fell by lack of faith in God, putting faith in Satan/ in ourselves, and disobeying God, hence we must be redeemed by faith in God. We saw a glimpse of Gods answer in the story of Abraham and Isaac, where Abraham offered up his son in sacrifice, having faith that God would save Isaac, as he'd already promised Abraham that nations would come from Isaacs lineage. And so came Christ the Son of God, because, where by one earthly man the whole world sinned and died, by one spiritual man the whole earth can be redeemed and saved. Christ wasn't bothered about the things of the earth, he knew what was in man, (Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would),.he came here to tell us about our spiritual dilemma, he came as the light in the darkness, to tell us not to live by the flesh but by the spirit for then man can be saved, he will be raised with Christ, (Romans 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him) and become sons of God (John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name). Christ had the fullness of the father for in him was no sin, (Colossians 1:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell);we must die to self and accept the gift of the holy Spirit of God (the councillor) so that we may be made perfect like the Father (Matt 5:48)and he can reconcile us to him 2 Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation); .Then the father will be all and in all. 1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
  • While you were there reading Matthew 27, you did read the whole chapter to understand what was going on, right? Not just cherry picking one verse without understanding what was going on around it? Did you also read chapter 26? He did not rebel. He was surrendering to the will of God. And while He was suffering the pains of all the sins of everyone that had ever lived on earth, or ever WOULD live on this earth, He explains why He did it: Matthew 26:39 "39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." He suffered the pain of MY sins so I could repent, leave them in the past and no longer suffer from the pain caused by those sins or anyone elses!
  • No one knows who wrote Matthew - certainly couldn't have been Jesus. Hence it's a dubious account of what happend at best, but probably outright lies. Jesus like every prophet before him would not have tolerated the cowardice and godlessness of his people. No prophet ever lived a life of peace or was ever selfish.
    • Linda Joy
      It was written by Matthew.
    • bostjan64
      The Gospel of Matthew references the separation between the Church and the Synagogue, which is separately historically verified by several other sources to have occurred in 85 AD. If Matthew the Apostle was born around 0 AD and wrote the gospel as early as possible, he would have been in his mid-to-late 80's when he wrote it. The Gospel was written in Greek, which the Apostle Matthew likely knew how to write; however, it wouldn't have been his native language. The thought that an early Christian in his late eighties wrote a book whose intended audience was Jewish, in his non-Jewish non-native foreign language during a period of time when Christians were heavily persecuted by foreigners is not highly plausible. Also, the Gospel of Matthew never referred to the Apostle Matthew in the first person, and never claims that the author of it was an eyewitness to Jesus, which would have been very important to have included. The authorship and name of the scripture was added a hundred years later. I'd say that there is virtually no chance that it was written by the Apostle Matthew and that it probably was not written by any other person who was named Matthew.
    • Creamcrackered
      Papias (ca. 60–130, Fragments of Papias): “Matthew put together the oracles [of the Lord] in the Hebrew style, and each one interpreted them as best he could.” It’s short, but powerful, particularly because it’s our earliest witness. It establishes that Matthew himself is the author of his Gospel, that he wrote in the Hebrew style (meaning either in the Hebrew language itself, or in Greek, but in a Hebrew manner of speech), and that the early church used it widely as their authority.
  • You ask an interesting question. The scribes and Pharisees thought Jesus was a rebel by breaking the Mosaic law. So indeed, He suffered to fulfill the law with His life. He could have lived a peaceful and selfish life to avoid persecution by the religious leaders. As it was written, he humbled Himself and became obedient to the way to Calvary. Philippians 2:5-8 "Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility], 6 who, although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes--the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man]. 8 After He was found in [terms of His] outward appearance as a man [for a divinely-appointed time], He humbled Himself [still further] by becoming obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even death on a cross."

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