Bible Lesson 41

Understanding our God and His Great Gift of Life

The past several lessons have dealt with the proper worship of God and were necessitated by several decades of slowly moving away from the Word of God the Bible. We have seen that our view of God must be redirected from a sort of buddy, buddy kind of relationship to the true relationship which is one of the creatures (man) to its Creator (God). We learned in the previous lessons on worship, that God is not subject to our imaginations or our desires. God is the source of all things.

In the first verse of the Bible, Genesis chapter one and verse one, we find that “in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Before that moment, there had been only God, and nothing more. I realize that it is difficult for the human mind to orientate itself on God because of the finiteness of our minds and the infiniteness of God.

We have always judged things on what we understand; however, we were all born without an understanding of God. Oh yes, we know the word (God) but we are incapable of really understanding it because we have no Spiritual capability to expand our minds to encompass the things of God. Until God works in Salvation to quicken our Spiritual capacity, we cannot understand the Bible.

We can read it but we cannot understand it, because our minds are carnal,(fleshly). Romans chapter 8 and verse 6 describe our predicament and it says, “to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace”.

God is much more than what we consider Him to be, and we need to be trained to see God as the source of power, pre-eminent, and absolute sovereignty. He is unoriginated, and that means that He did not begin at some time or in some period; but rather He has always been.

God is immutable, eternal, and self-sustained. He requires nothing outside Himself, and so that should give us cause to reexamine our thoughts concerning God. God is omnipotent (all-powerful), Omniscience (knowing all things), and Omnipresent ( present everywhere at all times).

One of the first things we need to understand is that God does nothing except what pleases Him. He is not swayed by our desires and our petitions but operates however He pleases. God is a God who has given us the law of perfection; and He is the God of Grace and Mercy, who has given us the perfect sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ on Calvary to redeem us from sin, to make us new creatures with the power to obey His perfect law.

Perhaps it would be helpful if you were to read all of Romans chapter eight. The most important thing for mankind to remember is that God is God and man is not. There has been much preaching in the last few years that points us to an understanding of God that is false.

We have been taught that it is our felt needs that are important or that it is our worth that causes God to look upon us. The truth is that God will not hear, see, or deal with us until He quickens us and gives us the gifts of His Grace and Mercy.

We are all born into this world, under the wrath of God; and if you are not truly saved as you read this lesson, you are still under the wrath of God (See Ephesians 2:1-3). That is the truth, but it should not cause you to despair if you will humble yourself and seek His face and turn away from your sin.

It has become obvious to me that we are over-informed, we have too many little sound-bytes of information concerning things that we should not be involved in. Due to this overload of meaningless information, we have developed a sense of investigation concerning everything. If we hear that some Hollywood star has been involved in a prostitution ring, we want to know the names of everyone who has ever patronized her. If some local person is involved in a crime, we demand to know who, what and where of it all.

As a result of that kind of interest, we have even begun to question the absolute truths of the Word of God. We demand proof (scientifically) of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and we balk at our children being taught intelligent design in creation. We should never question the Biblical Truths of God.

He is Who the Bible says that He is and whether we believe it or not depends on our relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ. Most of our problems come from our misunderstanding of who we are. We rate ourselves a lot higher than we can reach. We are a people who are born into this world damned by our forefather Adam and His nature, and we will do nothing to remedy that until God takes the situation in hand and decides to give us the illumination of His will from the Word of God the Bible (See Romans 10:17).

It stands to reason that if we refuse to seek the Grace and Mercy of God that we will never be anything except a candidate for hell and all its terrors. We all understand that shortly many of us will begin to receive the income tax rebates that the congress approved. If we did not believe that those funds have been applied to our checking accounts, we could go hungry while we had funds to pay for a nice juicy steak. The same applies to the gifts of God; they must be believed to the point of our seeking God’s Grace and Mercy.

None of us has either of those until God gifts us with them (See Ephesians 2:8-9). Now I know that there are multitudes who belong to some denominational church, and that is great if that particular church is preaching the absolute truths and the full counsel of God, and they are aggressively applying those truths to your life as they expect you to grow and live in such a way as to glorify God. Sadly there are very few churches today that do that kind of teaching and preaching.

It is for that reason that the Lord called me to the ministry that I have today. God has called me and made it evident to me that what He wanted me to do was to be “present for duty”, to preach the truth of God and not be afraid to apply it to the lives of those who will hear. I pray that many who read these lessons will realize that God is not pleased with the visible church and then that those who read will begin to study the Word of God and to gauge their lives by it.

Listen, dear brothers and sisters, it gives me no pleasure to have to criticize the organized church; but God gave me instructions to abide in His Word, and His Word says that we are lost and blind and going to hell if we continue the way that so many churches are going today.
That is the message that God has for us today. I am only the messenger and I know that what I say is the truth because I was bound up in that error for a good many years.

Congregations have become comfortable with “cheap grace” preaching that merely skirts the truth, and then pats everyone on the head and tells them that they are all alright because none of us can live the way the Bible teaches. They tell us that we are all sinners and that none of us are saints and that makes us feel good because we are all in the same boat. WRONG! We are not all in the same boat, and if we are and we are all wrong we will all end up in hell for eternity.

I hope you will listen to what I am about to tell you. There are only two kinds of people in the world, and there is nobody somewhere in some grey area between these two. There are sinners and saints. There are saved people and there are lost, people. Some people have been born again and some have not been born again.

Some people are obedient to the Word and Will of God and there are those who are self-governed. Some will spend eternity in heaven and those who will spend eternity in hell. That’s the only two groups of people in the world today, and I didn’t say it? Jesus Christ did (Matthew 7:13-14,15-27)! Jesus, the God-Mann tells us plainly in Luke Chapter eleven and verse 23, that there is no middle ground with Him.

We are either with Him or against Him. We can use this as a test of our relationship with Christ or the relationship of others to Christ. Are you with Christ as He gathers into the Kingdom those who are to be saved, or are you against Him and scattering the people that you meet, driving them away from Christ? It is one or the other, and the test is simple.

Do you love Christ enough to know His Word and Will and do you earnestly seek out the opportunity to witness His love to others? I’m sure that many who read this will think to themselves, I have gone to church at every opportunity and I feel like I am a good person and a good husband or wife and a good father or mother. That’s good, but you get no points for being good at your own sight. You must be born again, recreated in Christ Jesus, and be that new creature that is spoken of in 2nd Corinthians 5:17.

You must be doing the Will of God Who is in heaven if you intend to inherit heaven when you die (See Matthew 7:21-23). There may be some who think that their lives have been too dark and sinful for God to save; however our God is a God of Grace and Mercy, and if you can truly seek Him and turn away from your sin and trust the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ, you may be saved.

I cannot give you any formula except that you must be willing to die to yourself and all of your sin, obey His commands in His power, and follow in His footsteps for the remainder of your life and He says that He will save you. Don’t ever put limits on the power and love of God! If you have come to the point that you cannot live unless you know His forgiveness??”Come on in, the water is fine”.

We study the Word and pray and ask God to apply the blood of His Son Jesus Christ to our sins and we cry out for His salvation until He answers us with that radical change of the new man. Don’t think that you have anything to offer God; because it is you who requires His forgiveness.

Humble yourself as you see how great and glorious God is and how unworthy you are. God will always do what He has said He will do and He will do whatever pleases Him. Remember this, if you want to be saved, it takes God and God alone to save anyone. Salvation does not come with church membership, or with the approval of other sinners, it comes in God’s time and on His terms.

We spoke earlier of there being only two kinds of people, saved or lost; and we said that all of the lost will go to hell while the saved will inherit the peace and tranquility of heaven forever. Your job is to put yourself in the way of God and seek His forgiveness for your sin. Think about this, consider how long you have observed people staying alive in this world. Some last to 80 or 100 but that seems to be the most we can expect, and many die way sooner than that. There is an eternity that you will have to spend somewhere and there are only two options, heaven, and hell. What about it?

Until next time,

may God bless and keep you

This is Bro. Bob