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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

March, 2019

Lessons to Convert

This Month's Theme:

The Idea of God

Luke 10:22 "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

 

In this passage of scripture, the Savior means to teach us, that aside from Divine revelation, it is impossible to know God. Without Divine revelation, man can neither know Him or know who He is in relation to us. It is impossible to form any safe, adequate, or accurate conception of His Infinite Wisdom, Divine Attributes, Eternal Power, Matchless Dignity, or Supreme Holiness unless it is revealed to us through those supernaturally endowed.

John 17:3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."

 

Being set forth in this intercessory prayer by the Savior is that a knowledge of God is of the highest importance, and that revelation is of the greatest value. The reception of eternal life depends on a knowledge of God and Christ, and a knowledge of them depends on revelation.

Hebrews 1:1-2 "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds"

 

The writer of this letter of Hebrews is very clear and concise concerning the fact that God has spoken to man. The writer submits two clear propositions:

God spoke to the ancients through prophets.

God has now spoken to us by His Son.

Let us discuss the importance of this revelation!

 

"THE IDEA OF GOD"

It is conceded by most that the idea of God is in the world. An idea cannot exist except for the existence of the object or thing that originated the idea. Every word representing a name is coined in accordance with this inevitable rule. Horse, is a word that brings to mind a certain and specific image. If we were to say pig, a whole new image is manifest. Whether we say horse, or pig, a specific image is brought to mind, but neither image would mean a thing unless they first and foremost exist. A word is nothing more than a vehicle for conveying an idea and there is a specific order:

The existence of the thing considered.

The idea or concept.

The word as the vehicle of conveyance.

Every name comes from an idea and every idea comes from that which is. The idea of God is in the world, and is one of the most general ideas or concepts known to man. Where ever men are found, regardless of race or origin, this idea prevails; a condition that could not be unless God is! You might as well argue that the sun does not exist as to argue that there is no God!

Psalm 14:1 "The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good."

 

"WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?"

Where does the knowledge of the existence of God come from? We have three choices:

Intuition.

Rational deduction, reason.

Revelation.

Since intuition is instinctive, it is also universal. If the knowledge of God came through this vehicle, all men would know Him naturally. In addition, if the knowledge of God came through reason, we would be able to universally deduct from that which we can see and feel that He is.

Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork."

 

Although, as King David so accurately states that the heavens declare God, and we know that He exists from the supporting evidence of creation; David does not say, "The heavens reveal who God is to us, or what He wants from us". Left to our own resources and reasoning, we would fall woefully short of knowing God, and more importantly what He would have us to do in relation to Him.

This leaves us with one unified conclusion. We can only accurately know God by revelation.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

 

As the Apostle Paul so accurately portrays, we can only know God and everything He expects from us, His creation, in relation to Him by scripture. This tells us that everything we need to know concerning Him, of Christ, of redemption, of sin, of righteousness, of repentance, of forgiveness, and of pleasing Him comes from the revealed word. All faith in God is founded on this principle and their cannot be any real faith apart from the word.

Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

 

Many have inaccurately made the claim that scripture can be interpreted independently or differently by each individual; making God a God of confusion instead of a God who can accurately reveal His mind to us so that we can all understand it.

2 Peter 1:20-21 "knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."

 

The unity that is the overwhelming focus of teaching in the confines of the word of God, can only be achieved when scripture is elevated as the only source of authority and we are subject to it (all of it, verses a cut and paste style of observance).

Now that you know where the idea of God comes from, what does this mean for you?

Acts 17:30 "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent"

Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek."

Mark 16:15-16 "And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."

 

COME TO GOD THROUGH CHRIST;

THIS IS A GOOD IDEA!!!

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