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Welcome to the Study of God Podcast.

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.

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How Do We Bear God’s Image, Part 2 (The Study of God #50)

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

Theology of Acts, Part 4 (The Study of God #49)

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Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #49

I am your host, Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Continue reading “Theology of Acts, Part 4 (The Study of God #49)”

What Does It Mean to be Human?, Part 1; Theology of Acts, Part 2 (The Study of God #47)


This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Today’s passage of Scripture is Galatians 6:7-8 which reads: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He said: “A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”

Our first topic for today is titled “What Does It Mean to be Human? (Part 1)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.

There are many issues surrounding us these days that make it all the more vital to understand what the Bible has to say about being human. For example, evolutionary theory says there is really no fundamental difference between humans and animals; humans are just more highly evolved animals. If so, one implication might be that since humans are only animals, then human euthanasia can make sense. After all, we “put down” animals to alleviate suffering. Why not human animals?

Will exponential advancements in computers (e.g., artificial intelligence) and robotics “inspire” us to no longer distinguish between people and machines? Is a day coming when the latter will be able to do all the former can do? Do we then treat humans like instruments and appliances and devices—that is, throw them out when they don’t work as well as they once did?

Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of Acts (Part 2)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

— God

Sovereignty of God. Luke explains Christ’s death resulting from the decree and foreknowledge of God. The decree of God means His “counsel is predetermined and inflexible. Both phrases emphasize the resolute and inviolable determinateness of the decree.” Amid persecution the apostles encouraged themselves in the sovereignty of God. God is referred to as Lord. God had previously decreed the events of the cross, having marked them out beforehand.

God’s sovereignty is also seen in election. The precise number that had been appointed to eternal life, believed.

God’s existence and common grace. At Lystra, Paul declared the “living God” to his hearers, reminding them that He is Creator and has given them rain and fruitful seasons. Paul also reminded the Athenians that God had given them life and breath and had also marked out the times and boundaries.

How Does God Work in the World? Part 3; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 8 (The Study of God #41)


This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Today’s passage of Scripture is Romans 14:17 which reads: “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Thomas Aquinas. He said: “We can’t have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.”

Our first topic for today is titled “How Does God Work in the World? (Part 3)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.

— Calvinism on Sovereignty and Free Will

Calvinism, named after the French Protestant reformer John Calvin, follows in the tradition of Augustine in emphasizing God’s sovereignty and therefore His complete control over all things. Calvinists affirm that humans make genuine free choices but in a way that is compatible with God’s total sovereignty. (This is the compatibilism view of human free will.) True divine sovereignty and true human freedom are not mutually exclusive, hard as this may be to understand (which Calvinists acknowledge). They are both biblical concepts, so they must be compatible.

Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of the Synoptics (Part 8)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

— DISCUSSION OF SYNOPTIC THEOLOGY: The Doctrine of God

It is necessary to study systematic theology to arrive at a biblically comprehensive picture of the nature and attributes of God. (Even then the infinite God remains incomprehensible.) However, while the Synoptic Gospels provide just one portion in the study of God, “the writers of the NT all share the view of God which is seen in the OT.” Many of God’s attributes are portrayed in the Synoptics, as the following list makes clear.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How Does God Work in the World? Part 2; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 7 (The Study of God #40)


This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Samuel Rutherford Quotes. He said: “Think it not hard if you get not your will, nor your delights in this life; God will have you to rejoice in nothing but Himself.”

Our first topic for today is titled “How Does God Work in the World? (Part 2)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day.” It is available on our website for just $25.

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

Answers differ to questions such as these: How does God govern the world? To what extent does He control people and the events of history?

Two classical theological systems need to be introduced at this point: Calvinism and Arminianism. These agree in most areas but disagree on a few very significant matters, namely, providence and predestination (which is really a subcategory of providence).

Briefly stated, Calvinists believe that God meticulously controls His creation down to the details. Arminians believe that God controls in a more general way that allows for genuine human free will. Lately, this issue has been thought of in terms of “divine risk.” Calvinism maintains no risk; God accomplishes His will perfectly and completely. Arminianism holds that God takes a risk in the sense that He allows humans to act contrary to His will, such that His will may not be perfectly accomplished. By the way, the ideas behind both belief systems were around long before the theologians they are named after.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.

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Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of the Synoptics (Part 7)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Moody Handbook of Theology.” It is available on our website for just $50.

— Introduction to Synoptic Theology: Luke

Author. External evidence is strong in affirming Luke the physician as the author of the third Gospel. The Muratorian Canon reports that Luke, a physician and traveling companion of Paul, traced the matters and compiled a Gospel of Christ’s Life. lrenaeus also testified: “Then Luke, the follower of Paul, recorded in a book the Gospel as it was preached by him.” Clement of Alexandria and Origen also ascribe authorship to Luke.

Date. The date of the writing of Luke is intertwined with the writing of Acts. Acts was probably written in A.D. 63 because the book closes abruptly, describing Paul’s imprisonment, whereas his release, which occurred in A.D. 63, is not mentioned. The statement of Acts 1:1 indicates that the Gospel of Luke was written before Acts. Luke probably wrote near the end of his time in Palestine, perhaps between A.D. 58 and 60.

Audience. Although Luke addressed his Gospel to Theophilus, this was probably a dedication; a Gentile audience is undoubtedly in view as Luke’s audience. Because of Paul’s three missionary journeys there was a great need for a gospel distinct from the others, aimed particularly for the Greek mind. There is considerable evidence for a Greek audience. (1) The genealogy of Jesus is traced to Adam, the father of the entire human race, rather than to a Jewish patriarch. (2) Fulfilled prophecies occur in the sayings of Christ addressed to the Jews, not as narrative apologetics as in Matthew. (3) Jewish terminology, such as “rabbi,” is avoided. (4) Greek names are substituted for Hebrew names.

Theological Purpose. Luke has a cosmopolitan emphasis, stressing the universality of the Gospel and that Jesus is the Redeemer of the world. This is emphasized through linking the genealogy of Jesus with Adam, the common ancestor of all mankind. This emphasis is particularly seen in Luke’s use of parables. “Admission to the Kingdom is open to Samaritans and pagans as well as to Jews; to publicans, sinners and outcasts as well as to respectable people; to the poor as well as to the rich; and to women as well as to men.” This stresses the purpose for Luke’s writing: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

In our next episode, we will continue looking at the Theology of the Synoptics.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

How Does God Work in the World? Part 1; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 6 (The Study of God #39)


This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Today’s passage of Scripture is Romans 5:5 which reads: “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Robert McAfee Brown. He said: “The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.”

Our first topic for today is titled “How Does God Work in the World? (Part 1)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.

The Bible teaches that, having created the universe, God continues to be at work in it. He does not abandon it or leave it to operate on its own; rather, he continues to be intimately and actively involved. This is generally known as the doctrine of divine providence, which, more specifically, is regularly described by means of three related ideas.

Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of the Synoptics (Part 6)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

— Introduction to Synoptic Theology: Mark

Author. The early church gave strong witness to John Mark’s authorship of the second gospel. Papias, writing at about A.D. 150, stated: “Mark, having become the interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately everything that he remembered.” Irenaeus, writing about A.D. 185, stated: “Now after their decease (Peter and Paul), Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, also handed down to us in writing what Peter had preached.”


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.