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By Willard Swartley

A imaginative and prescient for Peace, undertaking, and WorshipForeword by way of Marva DawnWillard M. Swartley uniquely unifies issues of peace, project, and worship. He perspectives peace and undertaking, either on the center of Jesus gospel, most popular as God's reward. when you faithfully worship God, peacemaking and sharing the gospel in venture are the fruit of the religion.

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In his temptations he refuses the popular Jewish expectations of political messiahship. Among his disciples is also Matthew, the tax collector, a Roman collaborationist (Matt 9:9; Acts 1:13). His kingdom preaching keynoted by its Jubilean platform (Luke 4:16-19) says nothing of military conquest but affirms the merciful strand of Jewish messianic hopes. He thus welcomes the outcasts, even Samaritans and Gentiles, into God’s love and grace (Luke 15; John 4). He teaches his disciples to love not only their neighbors, but also their enemies (Matt 5:43-44).

When his pursuer broke through the ice, Willems turned back to help and save his persecutor’s life. 9 Is Jesus’ Command to Love Enemies Unique Among the Religions? Jesus’ command contrasts sharply with the emphasis in Qumran literature, in which the sons of righteousness will mete out vengeance upon the sons of darkness. It contrasts also with the Maccabean patriotism that converts zeal for the law into battle against foreign political oppressors. Is Jesus’ command to love the enemy unique? Does it have parallels in pre-Christian Judaism?

1 Thess 5:23: May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. • 2 Thess 3:16: Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you. Two more are in assurances or promises: • Rom 16:20: The God of peace will shortly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. • 2 Cor 13:11: Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell.

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