“Bible Basics – Lesson 5”

Posted: November 7, 2017 in Bible Basics, Bible Study, Christian Life

 “The Knowledge Of The Holy”

“What comes into [your mind] when [you] think about God is the most important thing about [you]…Were we able to extract from [you] a complete answer to this question…we might predict with certainty [your spiritual future]. Were we able to know exactly what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the church will stand tomorrow.

Got Problems? “The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of 10,000 temporal problems, for he sees at once that these have to do with matters that at the most cannot concern him for very long; but even if the multiple burdens of time may be lifted from him, the one mighty single burden of eternity begins to press down upon him with a weight more crushing than all the woes of the world piled one upon another….” – A. W. Tozer [1]

Lies. In his book entitled, Ten Lies About God, Dr. Erwin Lutzer enumerates some of the things that people believe that are not true. Here are some of them: God is whatever we want Him to be. Many paths lead into God’s presence. God is more tolerant than He used to be. God has never personally suffered. God is obligated to save followers of other religions. God takes no responsibility for natural disasters. God does not know our decisions before we make them. The fall ruined God’s plan. We must choose between God’s pleasures and our own. God helps those who help themselves. Have you ever heard people talk this way?  Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

Deception. On the opposite side, we have Wm. Paul Young, who wrote “The Shack” and “Lies People Believe About God.” Tragically he totally distorts the Biblical view of God, man, and salvation. Rather than using the Scriptures as his source of authority to understand God better, he fabricates a different god (an idol) in his own image. (See Romans 1:18-32) Sadly, many (perhaps most) of us have experienced similar tragedies in own lives and so we can identify with him in his pain. (See 1 Corinthians 10:13) But this doesn’t allow us or anyone else to distort and disregard the Scriptures and make God out to be someone other than what the Scriptures tell us He is. Have you, or someone you know, been taken in by him? By what perfect standard should anyone or anything be tested? It must be God’s Word which is absolutely truthful (John 17:17; 14:6; Acts 17:11). If not, we have no truth at all and everyone is left to himself to determine what is right in our own eyes (See Judges 21:25).

Attributes. We understand from Scripture that God has seven attributes: He is good (Matthew 19:17), righteous (Psalm 119:142; 145:17), omnipotent (Revelation 1:8; 4:8), omniscient (Isaiah 46:1-11), truth (John 14:6), holy (Isaiah 6:3), and love (1 John 4:8). Each one of these attributes harmonizes with the others. He has revealed this information to us through His Word, the Scriptures, and through God the Son who came to this earth to make the Godhead known to us (John 1:1-18; 17:3). How well do you know Him? Have you ever thought about God’s knowledge of you?

Omniscient. It can be frightening or comforting to know that God is omniscient. It depends on your relationship to Him. He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10; See John 2:24, 25). He knows the number of hairs on our heads and when a sparrow falls (Matthew 10:29, 30). In spite of this, the ungodly person says, “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t kid yourself. In the end, He will deal justly with the wicked and reward the righteous (Romans 8:18; 12:19).

Records. God keeps good records of everything we think, say, and do. He even knows the motives for our doing what we do (Hebrews 4:12; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Matthew 12:36). He can’t learn or forget anything. If He could, He wouldn’t be God. When He forgives our sins, either judicially (Ephesians 1:7) or for family forgiveness (1 John 1:9), He doesn’t remember them against us (See Ezekiel 18:22; 33:16). But He knows we need another opportunity to be tested as believers so we can display either our love for Him or our love for the temporary pleasure we’ll derive for engaging in a particular sin (See James 1:12-15). We cannot love God and the present, diabolical world system at the same time (1 John 2:15-17). If there were no temporary pleasure to our sinning, we wouldn’t engage in it (See Hebrews 11:25). Think about that. Do you agree?

Judgment Day. No one can escape it. Each and every person will be raised in one of five resurrections to face Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 51, 52; John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8). Personhood begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16; 51:5). “… it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). By the way, there is more than just one final judgment day. The “Bema Seat Judgment” takes place at the time of the Rapture. The true Christians’ works will be evaluated to determine their degree of rewards, crowns, and praise they will or won’t receive according to their works (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). The unrighteous unbelievers will face Jesus at the “Great White Throne Judgment” (at the end of time). They too will be judged according to their works to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15; See Matthew 11:22-24; 25:41, 46). In which one will you participate? Are you sure?

Salvation. Our deliverance from the lake of fire to heaven is not determined by our good works but by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Titus 3:5). Do you have assurance that you will go to heaven the moment you die? True Christians can have it right now. (See 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16) Do you know what keeps some Christians from having assurance and keeps their prayers from being answered (Psalm 66:18)? How can this be remedied? (See 1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13.)

Help. We’re here to assist those who want spiritual guidance. If you are teachable and willing to change, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask that you share this information with others who might also be teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15). If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We are also on Youtube and Facebook with audio/visual presentations.

[1] A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge Of The Holy, Harper & Row, Publishers, San Francisco, 1961, pp. 1, 4

[2] Erwin Lutzer, “10 Lies About God” – Kregel Publications, Contents, 2009

[3] Wm. Paul Young, Lies People Believe About God. Go to –

https://www.challies.com/book-reviews/what-does-the-shack-really-teach-read-lies-we-believe-about-god/

https://www.movieguide.org/news-articles/thirteen-heresies-in-the-shack.html

The Shack: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/the-shack-burn-it-down/

Clear Gospel:  http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf  

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