Doctrine of God 0004 - Lesson 6

  1. THE WORKS OF GOD (Continued)
    1. Providence (Continued)
      1. The problem of free will (Continued)
        1. Limited free will (Continued)
          1. As to service
            1. The lost man
              1. A lost man is a servant of sin and brings forth fruit unto death (Romans 6:17-21; Romans 7:5).
              2. A lost man cannot please God (Romans 8:8).
              3. Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
              4. Therefore, a lost man has no free will to please God.
            2. The saved man
              1. Although the saved man now has the Spirit of God in him, his will is the same will he had when he was lost. As such, it has no power to please God in its own strength (Romans 7:15-18).
              2. His internal battle with the flesh leaves him powerless to do the will of God by the strength of his will (Galatians 5:17).
              3. However, he does have the ability to submit to the rule of God in his life (Romans 6:13, 16; Romans 12:1).
              4. The surrendered Christian is then enabled by the Spirit and by his union with the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill the will of the Lord (John 15:5; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 1:18-20).
              5. God therefore works in the believer “both to will and to do of his good pleasure”  (Philippians 2:13).
      2. The doctrine of miracles
        1. Definition of miracles
          1. One modern definition states that a miracle is an event that runs counter to the observed processes of nature.
            1. This goes back to Augustine who taught that miracles are not events that run counter to nature but rather events that run counter to what is known of nature.
            2. This definition is used to ease some of the objections that those who question miracles have. It is an act of accommodation to those who would deny the Bible and should therefore be rejected.
          2. In the Bible, a miracle is a supernaturally caused event. That is, it is caused by something outside the natural world and normally breaks the set laws of nature.
        2. The source of miracles
          1. God is the source of most miracles in the Bible
            1. Jesus, as God the Son, performed many miracles
            2. Most miracles are performed through the agency of some prophet or man of God
          2. The devil and the evil spirits can also be a source of miracles on occasion (Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:14; Revelation 16:14).
        3. The aspects of miracles
          1. Introduction
            1. In numerous places in the Bible, miracles are often called signs and wonders (Exodus 7:3; Nehemiah 9:10; Daniel 4:2-3; John 4:48; Acts 14:3).
            2. In some places, a third word or description is added to signs and wonders. However, it is not always the same word.
              1. Miracles (Acts 2:22; Hebrews 2:3-4)
              2. Mighty deeds (2 Corinthians 12:12)
              3. Power (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
            3. Ten times in the synoptic gospels, the miracles of Christ are referred to as “mighty works” (Matthew 11:20; Mark 6:2; Luke 19:37).
            4. In the gospel of John, the miracles of Christ are often referred to as His “works” (John 5:36; John 10:25, 32, 37-38; John 14:10-12).
            5. By considering these passages, we can develop four aspects of miracles by using four key words used for them: miracles, signs, wonders, and works.
          2. The four aspects of miracles
            1. Miracles
              1. Point to God
              2. Acknowledges the event to be an act of God
            2. Signs
              1. Point to the message of the miracle
              2. Signs confirm the prophet as God’s spokesman
                1. Moses (Exodus 4:4-9; Exodus 10:1-2)
                2. Elijah (1 Kings 18:36-39)
                3. Jesus (John 3:2; Acts 2:22)
              3. Signs confirm the message of the prophet as true
                1. The purpose of apostolic signs (Mark 16:17-20)
                2. The confirmation of the salvation that was preached (Hebrews 2:3-4).
              4. The special recipients of signs
                1. The Jewish people (1 Corinthians 1:22)
                2. The lost (1 Corinthians 14:22)
                3. However, signs are not limited to the Jews and to the lost (Romans 15:18-19)
            3. Wonders
              1. Point to the miracle itself showing it to be something that causes great wonder
              2. Wonders are mighty displays of the power of God
            4. Works
              1. Point to the one performing the miracle; the miracle worker. The works point to someone doing the work.
              2. One of the characteristics of miracles is that they are normally performed at the word or prayer of one on earth.
                1. The word (Matthew 8:8)
                2. Prayer (1 Kings 18:36-38; John 11:41-44)
        4. The purposes of miracles
          1. To glorify God (John 2:11; John 11:40)
          2. To confirm God’s messenger and message (Mark 16:19-20; Acts 2:22; Hebrews 2:3-4)
          3. To bring men to faith in Jesus Christ (John 20:30-31)
    2. Revelation
      1. Introduction
        1. Definition
          1. Dictionary – to remove the veil
          2. Doctrinal – the act of God by which He imparts knowledge to man which man could otherwise never know (Deuteronomy 29:29; Amos 3:7)
        2. Divisions
          1. Divine Revelation – all the methods by which God makes Himself and His truth known to man
            1. General Revelation
              1. A division of divine revelation
              2. Refers to those ways (circumstances, conscience, creation) by which God has revealed Himself to all men at all times (Romans 1:17-20)
              3. Reveals only general information
                1. The existence of God
                2. The guilt of man
                3. The judgment of God
                4. NOTE:  does not reveal God’s plan of salvation and is therefore not sufficient for salvation
            2. Special Revelation
              1. A division of divine revelation
              2. Refers to those ways (miracles, coming of Christ, visions, prophets, etc.) in which God has revealed Himself to special people at special times
              3. The only way to truly know God’s truth (John 17:17)
                1. The identity of God
                2. How things began
                3. How things will end
                4. The heart of man
                5. The way of salvation
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23:9

Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.