Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What Authority From God Directs Us How To Glorify And Enjoy Him?

The only authority for glorifying and enjoying him is the Bible, which is the word of God and is made up of the Old and New Testaments.

God has used broad strokes across all of creation to reveal his existence.  The beauty and order of the universe proclaim to us God's presence.  His revelation with his creation is general and crude, when compared to his revelation with the scriptures.  The Bible is that document provided through the power of the Holy Spirit upon the hearts of men.  Written across many years, but telling one continuous story, Creator rejected by the crown of his creation, man.  The Creator graciously reveals himself to man, and seeks to draw man to himself.  Through the scripture we are instructed in the character of God.  Knowledge of the perfect character of God reveals to us those things which we lack in our own character.  The scriptures reveal our wholly dependent reliance on God.  Even in our fallen nature, it is only the common grace of God, that has allowed us another day.  In realizing our indebtedness to God, we glorify his incomprehensible grace toward us.  The scriptures lay out God's desire for mankind.  Our gratitude drives us to seek his face and his will.  We are driven toward obedience, not out of a desire to win favor, because we are taught in the scripture that we can bring nothing to God.  The grace that has reconciled us to God is what also works through our hearts to bring about a change in our souls.  Scripture teaches us that delight in found in God.  Scripture informs us as to how a creature ought to regard his Creator.  When we have been placed in a right relationship with our Creator, then we are able to experience the enjoyment of God that we were created for.  This enjoyment is for the glory of God, and not for us primarily.  God is glorified when his children enjoy his goodness toward them.

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  1. JESUS AND THE TERMS OF PARDON BY STEVE FINNELL

    What are the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? Did Jesus give us the terms of forgiveness from sin before He died or after His death and resurrection?

    WHAT DID JESUS SAID WHILE HE WAS ALIVE?

    1. Luke 18:18-22 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? .....20 "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' Do not murder,' Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' ' Honor your father and your mother.'" 21 And he said, "All these things I have kept from my youth." 22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, "you still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; come, follow Me."(NKJV)

    Would the rich ruler have been saved had he obey Jesus? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant. No, He was not.

    2. Mark 2:1-5....5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,"Son, your sins are forgiven you."(NKJV)

    Were the sins of the paralytic forgiven? Yes. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant men will have their sins forgiven because of the faith of friends? No. He was not.

    3. John 8:3-11....10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the women, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."(NKJV)

    Was the woman condemned by Jesus? No, she was not. Was Jesus saying that under the New Covenant if no man condemns you that I will not condemn you? No, He was not.

    4. Luke 23 39-43 .....Then one of the criminals who was hanged blasphemed Him, saying , "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us". 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying , "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds ; but this Man has done nothing wrong."42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom." 43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."(NKJV)

    Was the thief saved? Yes. Was Jesus giving the terms for pardon under the New Covenant? No, He was not.

    WHAT DID JESUS SAY AFTER HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION?

    Mark 16:14-16 After He appeared to the eleven...16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.(NKJV)

    Jesus gave the terms for pardon, under the New Covenant, after He was resurrected.

    Luke 24:36-47 ....."and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.(NKJV)

    Peter gave us the terms for pardon under the New Covenant at Jerusalem on 33AD. Acts 2:22-41
    Peter preached the terms for pardon under the New Covenant.

    Faith: John 3:16
    Confession: Romans 10:9
    Repentance: Acts 2:38
    Water Immersion: Acts 2:38

    Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to be baptized in order to be saved.

    Jesus never told one person that under the New Covenant they did not have to repent to have their sins washed away.

    Acts 2:38 And Peter replied, "Each one of you must turn from sin, return to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ; for the forgiveness of your sins; then you also shall receive this gift , the Holy Spirit. (The Living Bible -Paraphrased)


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