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theology proper presentation
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Nature of God
Attributes of God
Decree of God Biblical Revelation The Existence of God General or Naturalistic Revelation: The Moral Argument
The Argument from Design.
Ontological Argument Biblical Theism A very brief overview of the arguments for the existence of God. Argument The Man's intellectual and moral nature (man's conscience), proves that there is a Creator.
A universe without the existence of God, whose ways are Holy just and good, the universe would lack moral values and distinctions. The Design Argument (Teleological, telos, “end”) 1. The universe is a cosmos
not a chaos. 2. The earth is evidence of a designer. Clock Example Cosmological The Argument Cosmos: “an orderly arrangement” Every effect has an adequate cause
God the creator caused (created)
the universe, it is not by chance. Ontological The Argument An intuitive and universal belief among men in the existence of a supreme being, one who is perfect, independent, and infinite. (The idea of a supreme being) The existence of God is assumed by scripture. Gen 1:1 "...in the beginning God." Biblical theism refers to what the Bible has to say about the reality, essence, and works of God. Biblical theism confirms what natural revelation proves. The Nature of God Why is it important that we study the nature of God? "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." "A right concept of God is basic not only to systematic theology but to practical Christian living as well. It is to worship what the foundation is to the temple; where it is inadequate or out of plumb the whole structure must sooner or later collapse..."
"...I believe there is scarcely an error in doctrine or a failure in applying Christian ethics that cannot be traced finally to imperfect and ignoble thoughts about God."
Knowledge of the Holy God is Sovereign God is Holy God is Immutable The Nature of God How does my view of God's _____, effect my doctrine, and ultimately how I apply that doctrine in my personal life/ethics. God is Sovereign "It speaks first of position (God is chief Being in the universe), then of power (God is supreme in power in the universe)."
Ryrie: Basic Theology God is Holy As R.C. Sproul puts it: The primary meaning of holy is ‘separate.’ It comes from an ancient word that meant, ‘to cut,’ or ‘to separate.’ “When the Bible calls God holy it means primarily that God is transcendentally separate. He is so far above and beyond us that He seems almost totally foreign to us. To be holy is to be ‘other,’ to be different in a special way." "Set Apart" principle, chief, supreme How does my view of God's sovereignty, effect my doctrine, and ultimately how I apply that doctrine in my personal life/ethics. Question: God is Immutable Malachi 3:6 "For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed." God is unchangeable and therefore unchanging. God is immutable in His attributes. His love is eternal. God's purposes and promises are immutable. Rom 11:29 How does my view of God's immutability, effect my doctrine, and ultimately how I apply that doctrine in my personal life/ethics. Question: The Attributes of God The Love of God Major Premise: Design presupposes an intelligent architect, therefore the world has a designer or intelligent architect, who is God. Romans 1:20 Biblical theism is God revealing Himself to us though the Scriptures. Biblical revelation illuminates the relationship between the creator and His creation. How does my view of God's holiness effect my doctrine, and ultimately how I apply that doctrine in my personal life/ethics. Question: The Wrath of God The Joy of God Addressing Tozer's claim: How does my view of the attributes of God, effect my doctrine, and therefore ultimately effect my personal life/ethics. The Love of God John 3:16 We don't deserve it and we can't earn it. (unmerited) Eternal (Like His immutability, it never changes, wavers, or dies.) We can not lose His love. Rom 8:35-39 Widely accepted, but wrongly understood (wealth and prosperity gospel) How does my right, or wrong view, of God's love effect my doctrine, and ultimately my personal life / ethics? Question: The Wrath of God A.W. Pink:
“The wrath of God is His eternal detestation of all unrighteousness. It is the displeasure and indignation of Divine equity against evil. It is the holiness of God stirred into activity against sin. It is the moving cause of that just sentence which He passes upon evil-doers. God is angry against sin because it is a rebelling against His authority, a wrong done to His inviolable sovereignty.” Divine wrath is God’s righteous anger and punishment, provoked by sin. How does my right or wrong view of God's wrath effect my personal doctine, and therefore effect my personal life / ethics? Question: The Joy of God God is a God of wrath, but that is only one of God’s emotions, only one aspect of His character. God is also a God who finds great pleasure in His creatures and creation. Our God is both joyful and the source of our joy. “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). How does my view of God's joyfulness, effect my doctrine and therefore my personal life / ethics? Question: The Decree of God "The decree of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things." A.W.Pink Scripture teaches us that God, is immanently involved in His creation, and has a sovereign plan He is accomplishing in the universe The plan or decree of God is a single plan that encompasses all things. Nothing is outside the scope of this sovereign plan of God. There is one master plan with many steps and phases. The decree or plan of God is “God’s eternal purpose, according to the wise council of his own will, whereby, for His own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass”
( Westminster Confession of Faith). Definition: The great purpose of this plan is the manifestation of the glory of God in all His divine perfections. God "works all things after the counsel of his will" (Ephesians 1:11). All things include: fall of sparrows (Matthew 10:29) the rolling of dice (Proverbs 16:33) the slaughter of his people (Psalm 44:11) the decisions of kings (Proverbs 21:1) the failing of sight (Exodus 4:11) the sickness of children (2 Samuel 12:15) the loss and gain of money (1 Samuel 2:7) the suffering of saints (1 Peter 4:19) the persecution of Christians (Hebrews 12:4-7) the repentance of souls (2 Timothy 2:25) the gift of faith (Philippians 1:29) the pursuit of holiness (Philippians 3:12-13) the growth of believers (Hebrews 6:3) the giving of life and the taking in death (1 Samuel 2:6) the crucifixion of his Son (Acts 4:27-28). John Piper