Author: Ron Graham
This lesson provides us with more things that we should always remember, according to the principle stated in Deuteronomy 8:18, "You shall remember the LORD your God".
Our lesson points follow the pattern shown below...
Out of love for us, the
gave us his unique
revealed by the
that we might believe and not perish
but have everlasting life.
The whole statement above should be reflected with equal emphasis in our faith, and in the church's teaching and preaching, so that our faith and our teaching is well rounded.
The first four words of the Bible are, "In the beginning God..." (Genesis 1:1).
God is the First Cause and everything originates from him (although not all creatures of God remember and recognize this as they should).
Paul says, "There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all" (Ephesians 4:6). That is one "sweeping statement" which is justified. There are no exceptions. God is above all.
We should live our lives remembering that salient fact moment by moment.
Christ died for the sins of the world, but then God raised him up. He was taken up into heaven and sat down at God's right hand (Acts 2:22-24, Acts 2:32-33,36).
Jesus said in a vision shown to John, "I am he who lives, and was dead. Behold I am alive for evermore" (Revelation 1:18). "I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne" (Revelation 3:21).
Jesus Christ is "King of kings and Lord of lords" (1Timothy 6:15)..
He claims, "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18-20). Notice also in that passage that Christ shares the "name" of the Father and of the Holy Spirit.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2Timothy 3:16)..
"Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2Peter 1:21).
Jesus said to his apostles, "Whatever you shall bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven" (Matthew 18:18).
They were told, "When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13).
The Bible contains "all things that pertain to life and godliness" (1Peter 1:3 ). Through the Spirit-inspired word, Christ is revealed to us.
Whilst it's true that the Holy Spirit dwells in us, empowers us, and guarantees our eternal inheritance (Romans 8:10-11, Ephesians 1:13-14), we must remember that he also previously inspired the scriptures which show us the gospel we are to preach and the faith we are to follow. He doesn't give us a new message or a different faith today. If we think we are inspired by him as the apostles and prophets were inspired, we are deceived.