Doctrine of God 0004 - Lesson 7

  1. THE WORKS OF GOD (Continued)
    1. Revelation (Continued)
      1. General revelation
        1. Circumstances; or, Providence (Romans 1:18)
          1. In the rise and fall of nations (Deuteronomy 32:29-43; Psalm 75:6-7; Isaiah 12-13; Jeremiah 50:9-13)
          2. In the preservation of Israel (2 Samuel 7:12-18; Jeremiah 31:35-37)
          3. In His goodness to all men (Psalm 145:9; Matthew 5:45; Acts 14:17)
          4. Knowledge that there is more (John 1:9; Titus 2:11; Acts 17:27; Jeremiah 29:13)
        2. Conscience
          1. Something in man telling him that there is a God (Romans 1:19)
          2. Reveals the existence of right and wrong: convicting of sin and rewarding righteousness (Romans 2:14-15)
          3. In different men may be weak (1 Corinthians 8:7), defiled (Titus 1:15) or seared (1 Timothy 4:2)
          4. When kept pure, our conscience can be a helpful guide for living (Acts 23:1; Acts 24:16)
        3. Creation
          1. The glory of God (Psalm 19:1-3)
          2. The eternal power (Romans 1:20)
          3. The Godhead (Romans 1:20; see Acts 17:29; Colossians 2:9)
      2. Special revelation
        1. Incarnation (Matthew 11:27; John 1:18; John 14:9-10)
        2. Direct communication
          1. Dreams (Daniel 2:28) –when asleep
          2. Visions (Ezekiel 1:1) –when awake
          3. Spoken words (Numbers 12:6-8) *most of the Bible was spoken before it was ever written
        3. Written Word of God (John 5:39; Romans 1:1-2; Romans 16:25-26)
    2. Redemption
      1. The plan of redemption
        1. The eternal plan for the sacrifice of the Son
          1. Foreordained as the Lamb of God before the foundation of the world (1 Peter 1:19-20)
          2. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)
          3. The revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began (Romans 16:25-26; Colossians 1:25-27)
          4. The revelation of the mystery according to the eternal purpose which the Father purposed in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:8-11)
        2. The eternal plan for salvation through the Son
          1. Chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4)
          2. According to the purpose and grace given in Christ before the world began (Colossians 1:25-27)
          3. To the reception of eternal life which God promised before the world began (Titus 1:2-3)
      2. The work of redemption
        1. Jesus Christ sent to earth for the work of redemption
          1. To give His life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28)
          2. To seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10)
            1. Those souls which are lost
            2. All that was lost when Adam fell in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22, 45-49)
        2. Jesus Christ delivered to be crucified according to the plan of redemption
          1. Betrayed according to the plan of God (Luke 22:21-22)
          2. Delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:22-24; Acts 4:27-28)
          3. Delivered according to the word of the prophets (Luke 24:44-46; Acts 3:18)
        3. Through Jesus Christ, salvation has been accomplished in all of its aspects. Here is a listing of a few of those aspects:
          1. Regeneration
            1. Definition: often called the new birth, this is the act of salvation by which we are born of the Spirit into the family of God
            2. Scriptural proof
              1. The washing of regeneration (Titus 3:5)
              2. The requirement to be born again (John 3:3-7)
              3. The power to become the sons of God (John 1:12-13)
          2. Adoption
            1. Definition: the act of God by which He adopts us into His family
            2. Scriptural proof: Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5-7
          3. Redemption
            1. Definition: the act of God by which He bought us back from the loss caused by the fall of man.
            2. Scriptural proof
              1. Redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 3:24)
              2. Redeemed through the blood; which is the price of redemption (Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9)
              3. Redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13)
              4. Redeemed from all iniquity (Titus 2:14)
          4. Justification
            1. Definition: the act of God by which He declares us legally just on the basis of the payment for sin made by Jesus Christ.
            2. Scriptural proof
              1. Justified by faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 13:39; Romans 3:28; Romans 5:1; Galatians 3:24)
              2. Justified by the faith of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16)
              3. Justified by the blood of Christ (Romans 5:9)
              4. Justified by the grace of God (Romans 3:26; Titus 3:7)
              5. Justified through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 4:25)
          5. Propitiation
            1. Definition: the act of Jesus Christ by which He suffered our judgment and satisfied the wrath of God on our sin.
            2. Scriptural proof:
              1. Propitiation (Romans 3:25; 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10)
              2. Satisfaction for our sins (Isaiah 53:10-11)
          6. Imputation
            1. Definition: the act of God by which the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us as our sins were imputed to Christ.
            2. Scriptural proof:
              1. Sin not imputed (Romans 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19)
              2. Righteousness imputed (Romans 4:6)
              3. Imputed by faith (Romans 4:24)
          7. Election
            1. Definition: the act of God by which those who believe in Christ are chosen of God and elect in Jesus Christ.
            2. Scriptural proof: Romans 8:33; Romans 11:5; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; Titus 1:1; 1 Peter 1:2.
    3. Consummation
      1. The completion of redemption
        1. The redemption of the body (Romans 8:23)
        2. The redemption of creation (Romans 8:18-22; Revelation 22:3)
      2. The consummation of this present world
        1. The final conflagration (2 Peter 3:10-12; Revelation 20:11)
        2. The new heavens and earth (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1)
      3. The judgments of God
        1. The judgment seat of Christ (Romans 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
        2. The great white throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15)
      4. The end of the age (1 Corinthians 15:24-28)
        1. The kingdom delivered to God (1 Corinthians 15:24)
        2. Death, as the last enemy, destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:25-26; Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:14)
        3. All things subdued by the Son (1 Corinthians 15:27; Ephesians 1:10)
        4. Father and Son rejoined (1 Corinthians 15:28; John 17:5)
Job 26:14 – “Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?”
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21:21

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.