Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #59
I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”
Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Jeremiah 9:23-24 which reads: “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”
Today’s words from a theologian are from John Ortberg. He said: “Never try to have more faith – just get to know God better. And because God is faithful, the better you know Him, the more you’ll trust Him.”
Our topic for today is titled “Theology of Paul (Part 2)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns
Dr. Paul Enns writes…
DISCUSSION OF PAULINE THEOLOGY
Revelation. Paul’s theology represents a high watermark in terms of a theology of God. Paul portrays God as sovereign, revealing Himself in grace through Jesus Christ. That which God purposed from all eternity has now been revealed in time. That revelation is a manifestation of “our Savior Christ Jesus, Who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel”. The Gospel that Paul preached was not of human origin, but Paul received it directly from the Lord. Through the death of Christ, God remains just but is free to justify one who believes in Jesus.
God has revealed Himself in judgment to unbelievers. Wrath (orge) expresses “the deep-seated anger of God against sin. This anger arises from His holiness and righteousness.” Because of His holiness God cannot overlook sin.
God will reveal Himself in glorious blessing to believers. “Glory” suggests the glorious radiance at the triumphant return of Jesus Christ, with all the attendant blessings for believers.
God has revealed His program for the church which was previously a mystery. Satan attempts to hinder the revelation of God and the work of the church by blinding unbelievers so that the Gospel cannot enlighten them.
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.