LISTEN: Did God Really Make Everything? Part 3; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 3 (The Study of God #36 with Daniel Whyte III)
Today’s passage of Scripture is John 6:33 which reads: “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.”
Today’s words from a theologian are from Oswald Chambers. He said: “We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe. So he is, but only to God, not to us.”
Our first topic for today is titled “Did God Really Make Everything? (Part 4)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day.” It is available on our website for just $25.
Dr. Daryl Aaron continues…
— What Creation Reveals
What can we learn about God from the doctrine of creation? As already noted, the Creator is an astoundingly powerful and wise God who loves people, and in his goodness has provided for them through what he has made. So he is a personal and relational God who desires closeness to humans. By the way, we should not imagine that he created people because he was lonely. The doctrine of the Trinity reveals perfect eternal love between its three persons. Rather, God created in order to share his loving goodness, which we experience primarily through relationship.
We see God’s sovereignty in what he has made. The principle is that you are sovereign over what you create (e.g., copyright and patent laws). Therefore, because God created everything, he is sovereign over everything and has the right to rule over it.
We see God’s transcendence, which refers to his being outside of and over his creation; he is not contained within it. Yet he is not only outside and over, he also is down here and very much involved from moment to moment. This is referred to as God’s immanence, and we must regard these realities in balance. God is not either/ or but both/ and. If we so emphasize transcendence that immanence is lost, we arrive at deism — the idea that the Creator God is now off doing other things, no longer involved with what he created. If we so emphasize immanence that transcendence is lost, we arrive at pantheism— the notion that God is so involved in creation that Creator and creation are one and the same; creation is God and God is creation.
If the Lord tarries His coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of the Synoptics (Part 4)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Moody Handbook of Theology.” It is available on our website for just $50.
— We continue looking at the Modern Developments regarding research into the relationship between the synoptic gospels.
“Redaction criticism is a method of biblical criticism which seeks to determine the evangelist’s point of view by ascertaining the creative editorial work carried out by him on his sources.” The writer is not merely a historian, but he becomes a theologian in the “modification, composition and creation of tradition.” The writer may be creative, altering or embellishing the historical tradition, or even departing from historical events. An example of this is Gundry’s approach to interpreting Matthew in which he suggests that the visit of the magi was not a historical event but based on the shepherd story that he changed to suit his theological purpose.” Redaction criticism seeks to distinguish between the writer’s theological viewpoint and his source materials.
A major problem, obviously, in attempting to solve the manner in which the gospels were written is that the abovementioned theories are mainly conjecture. There is, for example, no evidence of a Q source. Also, the more recent theories generally build on a thesis that Mark was written first—which is a serious problem because it militates against eighteen centuries of tradition and also the comments of the church fathers. It does not militate against inspiration to suggest Mark was written first and Matthew and Luke borrowed from Mark; however, it appears highly unlikely. Several factors need to be considered in a solution:
(1) The above theories stress the human aspect in the writing of the gospels, which is a legitimate consideration, but it sometimes neglects the divine element. In John 14:26 Jesus promised the disciples the Holy Spirit would “bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” This is an important statement suggesting a supernatural element in the writing of Scripture. How could the gospel writers remember the details of the life of Christ? Or the conversations? Supernaturally. It was promised by the Lord in the upper room. This aspect ought not to be neglected in considering a solution. This is a divine element in the writing of Scripture.
(2) The writers wrote from firsthand knowledge and frequently as eyewitnesses. Matthew and John were eyewitnesses who wrote what they had observed and experienced; Mark wrote through information from Peter; Luke probably gained his knowledge from Paul and others as well as through his own research.
(3) There were other eyewitnesses who saw and heard the Lord and who could provide information. Although it is generally suggested that Luke drew on written sources (and that is certainly possible), Luke 1:23 seems to suggest he investigated eyewitnesses and servants of the Lord who handed the information down to him.
(4) They wrote through divine revelation and inspiration. Some elements simply cannot be explained on human terms. Paul, for instance, wrote and taught as a result of divine revelation; he stresses that he did not receive his gospel from any man—not even the apostles. God revealed His truth to Paul directly.
In our next episode, we will continue looking at the Theology of the Synoptics.
Let’s Pray —
Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.
May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.