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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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Theology of Paul, Part 3 (The Study of God #61)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #61

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 start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Jeremiah 31:33-34 which reads: “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Charles Spurgeon. He said: “The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls his Father.”

Our topic for today is titled “Theology of Paul (Part 3)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

Sovereignty. The concept of God’s sovereignty dominates the writings of Paul. He employs a number of terms to emphasize this concept. (1) Predestine (Gk. proorizo – (pro-o-rē’-zō) means “to mark out with a boundary beforehand”. Predestine is only used six times in the entire New Testament, and five occurrences are found in Paul’s epistles. Paul indicates the believer’s salvation is rooted in eternity past with the predestinating work of God. (2) Foreknow (Gk. proginosko – (pro-gē-nō’-skō) means “to know beforehand, to take note of, to fix the regard upon”. Foreknow “emphasizes not mere foresight but an active relationship between the one who foreknows and those who are foreknown.” (3) Elect or choose (Gk. eklegomai – (ek-le’-go-mī) means “to call out”. The blessings of Ephesians 1:3 are realized by the believer because God chose the believer in eternity past. God’s choice emphasizes He chose the believers for Himself. (4) Adoption (Gk. huiothesia – (hwē-o-the-sē’-ä) means “to place as a son” and emphasizes the Roman ceremony of adoption of one’s own son into the status of adulthood with all its privileges. Adoption was the result of God’s predestination of believers in eternity past. (5) Called (Gk. kletos – (klā-to’s) refers to God’s effectual call to salvation. It is the call of God that enables a person to believe. This term is related to unconditional election (God chose us without any merit on our part) and irresistible grace (the one called does not resist the call). (6) Purpose (Gk. protithemi – (prot-ith’-em-ahee) means “to place before” and suggests God purposes in Himself to sum up all things in Christ. (7) Will (Gk. boule – (bü-lā’) refers to the sovereign counsel of God in which He acts. Ephesians 1:11 is a general summary; not only does God act sovereignly with regard to securing the believer’s salvation, but God works all things—all history is consummated according to the sovereign will of God.

An important conclusion concerning Paul’s teaching on sovereignty ought to be observed: “1. The ultimate source of predestination is the absolute sovereignty of God. 2. The purpose of predestination is salvation, and the issue of it is service. 3. Predestination does not override human responsibility.”

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.

PODCAST: Implications of How We Are Designed (The Study of God #60 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #60

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 start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Philippians 3:7-8 which reads: “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from A. W. Tozer. He said: “To truly know God we must long for Him without any other motive than reaching God Himself.”

Our topic for today is titled “Implications of How We Are Designed” from “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

One implication of this last observation is that as we offer help to hurting people, we should probably not try to diagnose their problem as being rooted in just one area and not others. For example, depression may have emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical and/or biochemical aspects.

Another implication is that all these aspects are important and valuable. Sometimes Christians (e.g., ascetics) have minimized the importance of the body in favor of the soul/spirit. But Jesus healed the sick and fed the starving, and called His followers to do the same. In addition, there is the reality of the resurrection, which will result in our having immortal physical bodies.

A final implication is implied by 2 Corinthians 7:1: Sin affects every aspect of us, not just one. Some of the same Christians who devalue the body have also thought that sin is simply a problem with our physical bodies. However, the Bible shows that we are tainted by sin in body and mind and will and conscience, and so on. Therefore, we should seek God’s help in dealing with sin in every area of our lives.

INTERESTING FACT
Nephesh, the Hebrew word that often refers to the immaterial part of humans, is used several times of dead bodies! For example, “[The priest] must not enter a place where there is a dead body [nephesh]” (Leviticus 21:11), and “Throughout the period of their dedication to the LORD, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body [nephesh]” (Numbers 6:6). This term is really flexible.

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.

PODCAST: Theology of Paul, Part 2 (The Study of God #59 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #59

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 start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Jeremiah 9:23-24 which reads: “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from John Ortberg. He said: “Never try to have more faith – just get to know God better. And because God is faithful, the better you know Him, the more you’ll trust Him.”

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

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

DISCUSSION OF PAULINE THEOLOGY
God
Revelation. Paul’s theology represents a high watermark in terms of a theology of God. Paul portrays God as sovereign, revealing Himself in grace through Jesus Christ. That which God purposed from all eternity has now been revealed in time. That revelation is a manifestation of “our Savior Christ Jesus, Who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel”. The Gospel that Paul preached was not of human origin, but Paul received it directly from the Lord. Through the death of Christ, God remains just but is free to justify one who believes in Jesus.

God has revealed Himself in judgment to unbelievers. Wrath (orge) expresses “the deep-seated anger of God against sin. This anger arises from His holiness and righteousness.” Because of His holiness God cannot overlook sin.

God will reveal Himself in glorious blessing to believers. “Glory” suggests the glorious radiance at the triumphant return of Jesus Christ, with all the attendant blessings for believers.

God has revealed His program for the church which was previously a mystery. Satan attempts to hinder the revelation of God and the work of the church by blinding unbelievers so that the Gospel cannot enlighten them.

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 Paul, Part 2 (The Study of God #59)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #59

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 start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is 2 Corinthians 10:5 which reads: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Today’s words from a theologian are from A.W. Tozer. He said: “The Christian is strong or weak depending upon how closely he has cultivated the knowledge of God.”

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

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

Discussion of Pauline Theology
God

Revelation. Paul’s theology represents a high watermark in terms of a theology of God. Paul portrays God as sovereign, revealing Himself in grace through Jesus Christ. That which God purposed from all eternity has now been revealed in time. That revelation is a manifestation of “our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel”. The gospel that Paul preached was not of human origin, but Paul received it directly from the Lord. Through the death of Christ, God remains just but is free to justify one who believes in Jesus.

God has revealed Himself in judgment to unbelievers. Wrath (orge (or-gay’)) expresses “the deep-seated anger of God against sin. This anger arises from His holiness and righteousness.” Because of His holiness God cannot overlook sin.

God will reveal Himself in glorious blessing to believers. “Glory” suggests the glorious radiance at the triumphant return of Jesus Christ, with all the attendant blessings for believers.

God has revealed His program for the church which was previously a mystery. Satan attempts to hinder the revelation of God and the work of the church by blinding unbelievers so that the gospel cannot enlighten them.

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.

What We Can Ascertain About the Human Makeup (The Study of God #58)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #58

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 start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Colossians 1:9-10 which reads: “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from J.I. Packer. He said: “What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we have in life? To know God. What is the eternal life that Jesus gives? To know God. What is the best thing in life? To know God. What in humans gives God most pleasure? Knowledge of himself.”

Our topic for today is titled “What We Can Ascertain About the Human Makeup” from “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

In response, first, we should acknowledge that biblical terms such as body, soul, spirit, heart, and flesh are broad and fluid. Like most words in any language, they do not mean the same thing every time they are used (meaning is determined by context). For example, sometimes soul and spirit refer to different things; sometimes they are used synonymously. So we should refrain from reaching invalid conclusions about what these terms always mean. We may want it to be, but it is not that simple.

Second, the Hebrew emphasis on the unity of the human individual is significant. God created us with a body, mind, volition, conscience, and emotions, and these all work together and depend on one another. And He wants to make us holy in all the various aspects of our united being. Paul says, “Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God”.

Third, in light of the biblical teaching regarding the intermediate state and verses like 2 Corinthians 7:1, it does seem valid to distinguish between material and immaterial. The best view seems to be a combination of monism and dichotomism (di-kod-o-mism). Millard Erickson refers to “conditional unity,” the condition being the distinction between the material and the immaterial, and Wayne Grudem speaks in terms of dichotomy (di-kod-o-me) “with overall unity.”

We can represent this as below. The material and the immaterial are different aspects of the individual, but rather than a solid line separating them (implying a hard distinction), a dashed line and arrows indicate close connection and interaction between the two.

Material
(body)
——————————————-
Immaterial
(soul, spirit, heart, mind)

This makes sense out of how we experience life. Being injured or sick does not only affect our bodies, it affects our attitudes and emotions as well. When we don’t feel well, we get grumpy. Similarly, when we are discouraged or depressed, we lose energy and appetite; when we are happy, we feel full of energy and joy. This seems to indicate how God has “knit together” the aspects of our being. We may have different parts, but there is a unity to—a close connection between—those parts as well.

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 Paul, Part 1 (The Study of God #57 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #57

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 start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is James 1:5 which reads: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from A. W. Tozer. He said: “The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.”

Our topic for today is titled ” from “Theology of Paul (Part 1)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

Introduction to Pauline Theology
Background and Training

Paul was born about A.D. 3 to a prestigious family whose members were Roman citizens living in the city of Tarsus. Paul was raised in a strict Jewish home, circumcised the eighth day, and was of the tribe of Benjamin. Paul was later trained in Jerusalem under Gamaliel, a Pharisee and respected member of the Sanhedrin. Gamaliel was only one of seven scholars in his nation’s history to receive the title “Rabban” (our master). Gamaliel was a grandson of Hillel, founder of the school of interpretation bearing his name. Hillel was less strict than the school of Shammai (Shah-my). Paul himself became a Pharisee, adhering strictly to Jewish law and customs. It was this intense loyalty to Judaism and the traditions of the elders that caused him to persecute the Christians. He did this with a pure conscience at first. Later, he interpreted his action as blasphemy.

Outline of Travels and Ministry
Following his conversion in late A.D. 33 or early 34, Paul spent several months in Damascus when his opponents sought his death, he returned to Jerusalem. Shortly thereafter, he departed for his home town of Tarsus. He spent three years in Arabia, probably in some form of ministry inasmuch as he began to serve immediately after his conversion. After the three years he returned to Jerusalem and then departed for Syria and Cilicia (Si-lish-uh). About A.D. 46 Paul again visited Jerusalem. It was at Antioch that the church set Paul and Barnanbas apart for the first missionary journey. During that journey the duo evangelized Asia Minor and the island of Cyprus. It was in Asia Minor that Paul began a ministry to Gentiles when the Jews repudiated the Gospel. Paul’s typical pattern was established: “an initial proclamation to Jews and Gentile adherents to Judaism, whether full proselytes or more loosely associated, and then, being refused further audience in the synagogue, a direct ministry among Gentiles.

The Jerusalem Council took place in A.D. 49 and resolved an important issue: it enabled Paul (and others) to keep preaching the Gospel to Gentiles without Jewish encumbrances; Gentiles were not required to be circumcised. The decision was important in maintaining the purity of the Gospel and separating law from grace. The second missionary journey took Paul and Silas across Asia Minor, where they revisited the churches, and on to Europe. The third missionary journey (A.D. 53-57) took Paul to Ephesus, where he spent nearly three years, and on to Macedonia and Achaia (Uh-K-AY-uh). He was arrested in Jerusalem upon his return and imprisoned in Caesarea (A.D. 58-60). Paul appealed to Caesar and eventually spent two years in prison in Rome (A.D. 61-63). Paul was released from his first Roman imprisonment, spent A.D. 63-66 in ministry, probably traveling as far as Spain, and was again arrested and executed in Rome in A.D. 67.

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.

Do Humans Have Parts? — Three Biblical Views (The Study of God #56)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #56

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 start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Romans 1:19-20 which reads: “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

Today’s words from a theologian are from George Muller. He said: “Intimate knowledge of God is possible if we habitually search His Holy Scriptures & translate what we find into obedience..”

Our topic for today is titled ” from “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

Three views between these extremes are more consistent with the Bible and have been held through the centuries by Christians. The first of these is known as monism (also physicalism or materialism), which says that the person is a psychosomatic (rom the Greek psuche, meaning “soul,” and soma, meaning “body”) unity. While similar to reductive materialism , monism does not hold that human functions are entirely explained by biological or chemical processes. Even so, it says that human existence is impossible apart from a physical body.

Monism interprets biblical terms like body, soul, and spirit as different references to the same thing — the person or self. Old Testament scholars suggest that this does seem to represent the Hebrew view of humans. However, New Testament texts indicate that it is possible for a person to exist temporarily without a physical body, in an “intermediate state” between physical death and physical resurrection. In 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, Paul refers to being “naked” and “unclothed” to describe our existence in Heaven without a physical body. It is not ideal (we long “to be clothed,” to have a physical body, but it is possible.

A second Christian view, the one that has been most widely held, is called dualism and dichotomism (“cut in two”). In this perspective, the person has two parts: the material and the immaterial. The material is the physical body; the immaterial includes the soul, spirit, and mind. Dualism does not, however, make a hard and fast distinction between these two aspects, which rely upon one another and function together.

Dualism fits with the intermediate state. After death, the material aspect is left behind in a grave. The immaterial aspect–the person–goes to Heaven or hell to await resurrection.

A third Christian view, called tripartism (or trichotomism), says that the individual has three has three parts: body, soul (including intellect, emotions), and spirit (that which is able to relate to spiritual reality)/ The biblical argument for this view is verses that use all three terms (such as 1 Thessalonians 5:23) or that seem to distinguish between soul and spirit (such as Hebrews 4:12). Tripartism is not held by many biblical or theological scholars but is more popular among laypeople.

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.