PODCAST: Theology of Paul, Part 4 (The Study of God #63 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #63

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 Ephesians 1:17-23 which reads: “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from David Jeremiah. He said: “The greatest adventure in life – knowing God – begins at the Cross of Christ and ends with a “Hallelujah!.”

Our topic for today is titled “Theology of Paul (Part 4)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

Humanity. While Paul provides some of the strongest statements of the deity of Christ he also emphasizes the humanity of Christ. Christ was born of a woman. He was no phantom; He had His humanity from His earthly mother. Christ was a physical descendant of David.

Christ committed no sin. Christ “knew no sin” refers to knowledge of sin gained by experience; He did not experience sin in His life because He had no sin nature. Christ came in the “likeness of sinful flesh”—He came as a man but without the sinful nature. He did not come in the mere likeness of flesh—then He would not have been truly human; He did not come in the likeness of sin—then He would have had indwelling sin. God’s grace came through the last Adam, to redeem what the first Adam lost.

Deity. A fully developed theology of the deity of Christ can be found in Paul’s writings. Christ is the sphere in which all things have been created; moreover, “All the laws and purposes which guide the creation and government of the Universe reside in Him.” Paul’s emphasis that Christ is “from heaven” suggests His preexistence and eternality.

Paul states that the fulness of deity dwells in Christ. Deity (Gk. theotes – (theh-ot’-ace)) “emphasizes divine nature or essence…. He was and is absolute and perfect God.” Interestingly, Paul emphasizes that the deity was in “bodily form,” suggesting the full humanity of Jesus. This verse is a strong Pauline affirmation of the God-man Jesus.

Christ exists in the form of God. The word form (Gk. morphe – (mor-fā’)) suggests the inherent character or essential substance of the person. Christ in His essential nature exists as deity. Paul addresses Christ as God on several occasions. He is called “God blessed,” a reference to deity. A better rendering of this verse would be “Christ, who is God over all, blessed for ever.” In Titus 2:13 Paul refers to “our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Greek grammar demands that the two nouns, God and Savior, refer to the same person—Jesus Christ. This is a clear Pauline statement of Christ’s deity.

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.

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