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NATIONSUNIVERSITY
PROGRAM:
MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
NAME AND UNIVERSITY IDENTIFICATION:
KEVIN OMONDI KE200068_M
COURSE NUMBER AND NAME:
M2: CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT
WRITING ASSIGNMENT:
ESSAY 2: THE NEW TESTAMENT AND CONTEMPORARY LIFE
DATE: 5
TH
DECEMBER, 2020

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The New Testament and Contemporary Life
The concept of the New Testament, was made available by Prophet Jeremiah when he prophesied
concerning a time, when God would establish a new covenant, unlike the old covenant made at Sinai
(Jer. 31:31-34). This new covenant would succeed where the old covenant had failed; enabling people to
be obedient to God from the heart, so that the divine human relationship would be secured.
Later its collection (the New Testament) could be understood as the respond to pastoral
exigencies, out of the kind of concerns and challenges that early Christian faced. Each text was written to
serve some specific pastoral needs and answered a specific range of important questions, arising out of
the life of the church. The text answered the perennial raised questions well, that they continue to provide
the basic point of reference for each successive generation of Christians, as the circle of the Christianity
was widening from the text place of origin. When early Christians were faced with the same or new
challenges, they turned to find guidance and solace from the Apostolic witness and ultimately from God.
To date the New Testament has been in existence for over two thousand years. It value has been
preserved and its original intention, should always be understood by the ongoing human history.
The problem facing the modern students of the New Testament
The problem faced by today’s world is the conformity. Every believing Christian, want to conform to
the standard and the lifestyle of the world. The New Testament reading in its specific application in
Roman 12, instructs the modern students of the New Testament not to conform to the standards of this
world, but allow God to transform them inwardly by a complete change of their mind (Roman 12:2). In the
modern world which is shaped by conformity, the universal truth as recorded in the New Testament, has
been discarded and replaced with what people perceive to be the truth, of one own experience and
perspective according to their own set worldview.
This set mind, therefore is no believe that one truth can be applied to all people and every situation,
instead there is recognition of diverse contradictory truth, that have been shaped by individuals
community and context (Heidebrecht, 1996). Paul in his appeal in Roman 12:2, continues to remind the
modern students of the New Testament, to keep transformed in the renewal of their mind, as a reminder
of the church for the Christian ethics. This Christian ethics should be build upon the foundation of God’s
mercy, revealed through Jesus Christ and the spirits of life which offers, freedom from the power of sin
and death.
The challenge faced by the interpretation of the renewed mind in the modern New Testament
understanding, is the mind which ignores and misunderstand the call of the transformation in this
contemporary interpretation. According to Paul interpretation of the word ‘mind’, he could have meant,
the complete change for the better of believer’s mental process (Wuest, 1956), thinking in a Christian
way about everything; having a Christian mind (Montgomery, 1993), by the whole new way of thinking

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NATIONSUNIVERSITY PROGRAM: MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES NAME AND UNIVERSITY IDENTIFICATION: KEVIN OMONDI KE200068_M COURSE NUMBER AND NAME: M2: CRITICAL INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT WRITING ASSIGNMENT: ESSAY 2: THE NEW TESTAMENT AND CONTEMPORARY LIFE DATE: 5TH DECEMBER, 2020 0 The New Testament and Contemporary Life The concept of the New Testament, was made available by Prophet Jeremiah when he prophesied concerning a time, when God would establish a new covenant, unlike the old covenant made at Sinai (Jer. 31:31-34). This new covenant would succeed where the old covenant had failed; enabling people to be obedient to God from the heart, so that the divine human relationship would be secured. Later its collection (the New Testament) could be understood as the respond to pastoral exigencies, out of the kind of concerns and challenges that early Christian faced. Each text was written to serve some specific pastoral needs and answered a specific range of important questions, arising out of the life of the church. The text answered the perennial raised questions well, that they continue to provide the basic point of reference for each successive generation of Christians, as the circle of the Christianity was widening from the text place of origin. When early Christians were faced with the same or new challenges, they turned to find guidance and solace from the Apostolic witness and ultimately from God. To date the New Testament has been in existence for over two thousa ...
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