Bible Lesson 128

Connecting The Dots In Theology Part I

“FOR IF THE TRUMPET MAKES AND UNCERTAIN SOUND, WHO WILL PREPARE FOR BATTLE?” 1ST CORINTHIANS 14:8

“Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.” Henry Ward Beecher

In this lesson we want to ask God to shine His light upon His inerrant Word, the Bible, to show us His truths; and upon this writer to inspire him in the proper way to present these truths to you who read them. We live in an age when there are so very many messages that seem to be vying for our attention, that at times we do not know what is correct and what is actually heresy.

We will use the Word of God in it’s context to attempt to ‘connect the dots’, so to speak and make sure that what we believe is not anything except the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The reason that I have seen the need for connecting the dots and making doctrine in the Bible clear and precise is that over the years I have found so many people who profess to be Christians who have no idea about how they were saved, why they were saved and who it was that saved them.

I realize that many have made statements like, “Doctrine is not important”, or Doctrine is divisive, so let’s just trust God and all go to heaven. Trusting God requires knowledge of God and I suppose that we could connect the dots on the importance of doctrine, since we have brought it up. Doctrine, at least in the Greek language which is the language of our New Testament, is akin to Doctor, which denotes teaching.

That teaching can be either what is taught or that which is learned. Some may ask, well, why is doctrine important’ God speaks to us in the Bible and tells us that we are saved by Grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Then the Bible tells us that Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10-:17). That means that we must struggle to learn the word of God the Bible, so that God will plant faith in us and save our soul.

Do I or any other preacher have any warrant to teach doctrines’ I would say yes, unequivocally, that we certainly do because that is what the Bible teaches and what Christ said was what the Father had taught Him (Matthew 7:28-29; John 7:16; Ephesians 4:14; 1stTimothy1:10; 2nd Timothy 3:16; 2ndTimothy 4:3). I used Doctrines and the attitude of some to discredit or desert them so that we can perhaps get people interested in real study of the Bible.

If you do not understand doctrine, you probably are not a Christian, at least not a mature Christian. With that problem dealt with let’s begin where God began, in Genesis chapter one and verse one, where we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. Then God goes on in Genesis to instruct just how and why in most cases He created all that we know. I ask you what do you believe about Creation’ Some believe that God created just the way the Bible says He created; however, many believe that God perhaps created something and then that something evolved over the ages into what we have today. Then there are always those who do not think it matters what you believe.
The truth as born out by the Bible, is that God created all that we know about including us, in the form that we now exist in. I firmly believe that if we are going to believe the Bible, we must believe it in whatever it says and the Bible does not even hint at evolution, and if God had not meant for us to believe His Creation account, He would not have inspired Moses to write down for us. God tells us in Genesis chapters one and two, that He created the heavens and the earth, turned nothing into what we have now, sent light into the world and set the firmament and the waters and the land in place as they are now.

Then God created vegetation (grass, herb, fruit trees) each with their seed in them. God created the sun, the moon, and the stars, and established twenty four hour days (evening and morning). Then God created the sea creatures and birds and commanded them to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” Then God created, or brought forth, from the earth cattle, creeping things and beast of the earth. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness: Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. All of this appears in the first two chapters of Genesis; and I recommend that you read it very prayerfully for yourself, until you understand it. Notice especially chapter one and verse 26, where God said “Let Us make man in Our image” Who could God have been speaking to, or alluding to in that verse’ There was no one other than God there at the time so God had to be speaking to the Trinity (Father, Son Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit). These verses make it clear that it was God who created all that we know and it was created as we know it today, with certain sovereign changes caused by God to facilitate His plan for His Creation.

Contrary to popular belief lately, we were not the result of a ‘big bang’. That is one of the theories that has been floated of late; but that does not make a good theory even. That is like saying that two of the planets crashed together and we ended up in the shape we are in today. That’s almost as good as National Geography’s theory about evolution, which states that we all began as some kind of primordial goo that got rubbed by a gain of sand and became a whale which then decided to come out on the land and became a gorilla, who changed into a monkey, who changed into a college professor in a three piece suit. I realize that many of us still act like monkeys and other animals but if monkeys evolved into humans’.why are there still monkeys’ People a few decades ago did not believe all the gibberish that abounds in the ‘scientific community’ in our day. We now have scientists who can prove or disprove almost anything they want to; because they develop tests and devises that will give them the answers that they want and need. That is dishonest to the greatest degree.

When God created Adam and Eve they looked exactly like you and I look today. We might have to get them some blue-jeans and do their hair a little different but they were just like us; and when Christ comes back to the earth to judge the quick and the dead men, and women will still look like you and I do today. It is critical for the church and Christianity as a whole that we understand that it matters whether we believe the Creation account as it is recorded in the Bible. We begin to sound and look like politicians (not statesmen), when we say that believe any other account but say that we believe the Bible. The Bible is not open to our revisionism, and we are told clearly that it is not open to private interpretation. We are told by the Apostle Peter, under the inspiration of God, there in Second Peter chapter one and verses 19-21, “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scriptures is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Doctrines are specific teaching that we find throughout the entire Bible (Old Testament as well as New Testament). The doctrine of God begins with Genesis chapter one and verse one, where God begins with Himself, by saying “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God begins His teachings about Himself (His revelation of Himself), by showing us one of His creative examples. How did our Sovereign, Majestic and All-Powerful God create all we know’ He simply spoke it into being! ( Psalms 33:8-9; Hebrews 11:3).God created all that we know, the heaven, the earth, the sun, moon, stars, all growing things and animals by saying ‘let it be’. What a mighty God we serve! God created it all in Six, 24 hour days! If you go back and read Genesis chapter one through verse 31. Notice that each day is bracketed by an evening and a morning. Now, there are many who want to argue that it was not six regular days, but instead it was thousands or millions of years represented by these six days; however these are the people who want to make evolution work in creation and they need millions of years to even place it in the realm of possibility. They say, how could God havecreated all we know in six 24 hour days. I would answer them, God could have done it in a twinkle of an eye, but He chose to give his human creatures and animals an organized work cycle which is six days of work and one day of rest (Exodus 20:11; Exodus 31:16-17). If you ever wonder about the Power of our God, read Isaiah 40:26-31; Romans 1:20.

In order to keep the dots connected as we peruse the doctrine of God, we must always remember that our God is one God. He is not three Gods in one, He is one God who manifests Himself to us, his people, in three personalities. The question here always becomes, well how can that be’ The answer is simple, it is because He is God and we will never be able to understand completely all of His ways, or why He does things a certain way. We know that back in verse 26 of Genesis chapter one we found that God said, “Let, US, make man in OUR image. That points to the fact that the God head is triune; but it does not mean that we have three separate Gods. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all come together In our One God, Jehovah.

This is something that we must understand or else we will begin like so many in today’s religious endeavors, begin to separate the Trinity. There are many in America today who would like to be able to separate the Father and the Son Jesus Christ. They know and understand so little about the doctrine of God, and they are so determined to take the easiest path they can to salvation, so, they know something about the Old Testament and they see how God dealt with those who presumed to sin against Him (they were stoned to death), and they know a couple of things about the New Testament and they see that Jesus came as the suffering servant, so they say we can fool Jesus easier than we can the God of the Old Testament, so they select Jesus.

What they don’t take time to study the Bible and learn is that the God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament and He will never change! What we have to learn about God is that He is perfect and so has no need of change, the one who must change is you and I. Everyone of us was born dead in Trespass and sin, under the wrath of God, and only God could provide the solution for our problem and did that by giving of Himself, in substituting His One and Only Son Jesus Christ, the second person in the Trinity for us on the Cross of Calvary. We had a crucial problem in that we were sinners by nature and by choice (Romans 3:23). God had pronounced a penalty or cost for sin and it was death (Romans 6:23).

Only God could, and did, provide a remedy for sin for our sin debt and that was, that in eternity past the Father had planned to save a people to give to His Son. We call those the people the ecclesia or church. We have to make sure that we understand here now, that when we say church we must always separate the visible church and the true church. The visible church may contain some of the ecclesia but it has blended itself with the world so when Christ comes back to rapture His bride the Church, He will not call for the rolls of all these visible churches. Christ has his roll of those who are truly saved and He will rapture those and those alone to take to heaven with Him. The Father elected and predestined all those who would obey Christ here on the earth, in essence, He planned all of salvation (Ephesians 1:3-5; Romans 1:1-7; Hebrews 5:8-9). Jesus Christ left the glories of heaven and came to the earth to die, be resurrected, and ascend back into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father, to be our Prophet, Priest and King. The Holy Spirit applies all of the benefits of the work of Christ on Calvary to those who have been elected and called and justified and glorified.

There arises a problem right here for some who have never really considered their estate before our Mighty, Glorious, Gracious, All-powerful God, and they normally make a statement like well, if God elected some and did not elect others, then God is unfair. What those people do not understand is God and the fact that we are part and parcel of His Creation, so we belong to God and anything He wants to do with us is done without regard to anything that we are or have or have done or will do. He is the Potter, and we are the clay, and what ever He makes of us is fair. In fact, anything and everything that God does is fair; because He sets the standard for fairness. The person that harangues the fairness or the righteousness of God’s actions is normally a person who would not be happy, if God were to snatch him into heaven without the blood of Jesus Christ. They would never be happy in heaven because they worship self rather than the Creator. They think themselves to be wise but they are fools, and they would change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man’and birds and four footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God gives them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature, rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever (Romans 1:22-25; Psalms 8:3-4; Isaiah 40:12-17).

Man has a very great and crucial problem, and it is that man is born with Adam’s nature, and that was a nature that had rebelled against God. I really think and this is just brobob thinking about what God has revealed to us, that Adam has been so blessed by God that he had begun to want to sit on the throne of God and that is the nature that man is born with. What can overcome that nature’ Only God can overcome it and God had to give of Himself to us in order to remain Just and to demonstrate His love and forgiveness of mankind. Man is born with that Aramaic nature and so he wants everything handed to him without any effort on his part. That never happens because if you have made any effort to learn what God demands of you in this world, you know that God gave us His Revelation, the entire Bible and the only way we can discern God and learn the route to salvation is by diligent study of the Bible. Now, for those who can’t read and comprehend the written word, God provides God-called men who will preach the whole counsel of God to you. For those who cannot hear, God will provide the translators who can reach you with finger language. What you must do is to be aware of your very serious condition, and be interested enough to dig for the truths of God’s Word, the Bible.

God encourages us to read and study and learn His truths from His inerrant Word, the Bible. Have you done that, and are you doing that. None of us ever completely plumbs the depths of God’s Word. I have preached many sermons and taught many Bible classes and written many Bible lessons, all of which required much study and contemplation and every day as I study the Word of God, I find it something new, that adds to what I already understand. Let me be very clear here now, The bible never changes but we can always squeeze more information from it, if we read it prayerfully and strive to please God with what we know. God did not give us His Word so that we could simply enjoy and be blessed by it, God gave it to us so that we could serve Him and the Kingdom by blessing others with what we have learned. If we would really read the Bible, and I mean read it with the notion that we want God to teach us about Himself, we would know more about our God.

First, we would understand that our “God is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” how do we diligently seek Him’ We seek Him in the only place that we can find Him and that is in the Bible, the inerrant word of God. God spoke to us through the Apostle Paul and said to us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” That is God telling us that we are to study and understand the Old Testament and the New Testament (All of the Bible). As I said before, people cannot, at least will not, and please God, shred Jesus Christ out of the God head and use Him as a shield against the judgment of God. If people have not been taught to believe in the true God, they can never be saved. They must be taught and encouraged to read and study the Word of God, so that they may show themselves approved of God, a worker that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” (2ndTimothy 2:15).

For Pastors, this should remind us that unless you are connecting the dots on Biblical doctrines, we are not serving God, nor are we serving our congregations. Don’t worry about preaching and teaching that God’s children must know what their heavenly Father wants them to know and do, teach it and preach it and apply it to your congregation, and know that those who refuse to make the effort are people who are not ready to be saved. One other thing that we need to impress on congregations is that being a Christian does not make everything in this life easy. True salvation produces a new creature who can and will obey God as they live in this world, and they always become targets for those who hate God. God tells us there in 2ndTimothy 3:12, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution..”

That should tell us something, and that would be that it takes real men and real women to live the Christian life in this sinful world, so before you sign on for the job of Christian, make sure you know something about God and one thing we need to know is that Christ never, ever asked anyone to take up the cross without knowing full well, that it is not an easy task. The Christian can only do it with the full power of God in and on him to empower him to live it and show the world that it can be done.

Jesus spoke to a lawyer, who had come to him and said, “Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.” and Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.” Then another man said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father, and the Lord said to him, “Follow me; and let the dead bury the dead.”(Matthew 8:19-22). If you think you follow Jesus in your spare time and split your time between Jesus and the world then you do not understand the gospel. Perhaps we need to close with the sermon that Jesus preached in Luke chapter 14, verses 25-35. Consider how you feel about the Bible and about the Creation and about the God who created all that we know.

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob