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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 8 (The Study of God Episode #71)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #71

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 Peter 3:18 which reads: “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Israelmore Ayivor. He said: “Knowing God is not enough; you must make Him known to others. Through your living character, you tell more about the living God!”

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

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

Propitiation. The noun propitiation occurs only four times in the New Testament, in Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; and 1 John 2:2; 4:10. This word (from Gk. hilasmos (hil-as-mos) and hilasterion (hil-as-tay’-ree-on)) means “to expiate, to appease, or atone for.” It indicates that Christ fully met and satisfied the demands of a righteous and holy God. Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God’s holiness has been satisfied and His wrath averted. Romans 3:26 explains that through the death of Jesus Christ, God can be just (His integrity is maintained) and yet He may still declare the believer in Christ righteous. God does not overlook sin, however. The death of Christ was sufficient in providing atonement for sin so that God’s holiness and justice are fully satisfied. Propitiation, therefore, is important in showing how a sinful man might be reconciled to a holy God—it is through the atonement of Christ. God is propitiated (satisfied) with the death of Christ as making full payment for sin.

Justification. Justification is a peculiarly Pauline term. The verb is used forty times in the New Testament, but Paul uses the word twenty-nine times. Justification is a legal act whereby God declares the believing sinner righteous on the basis of the blood of Christ. The basic meaning of justification is “to declare righteous.” Several other things can be learned about Paul’s usage of justification: justification is a gift of God’s grace; it is appropriated through faith; it is possible through the blood of Christ; and it is apart from the law. This last point is a major emphasis of Paul and undoubtedly the thesis of the book of Galatians—man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ.

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 Is Original Sin? (The Study of God Episode #70)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #70

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 1:9-12 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; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from D. A. Carson. He said: “To know God is to be transformed, and thus to be introduced to a life that could not otherwise be experienced.”

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

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

Within a hard-to-deal-with theological topic is a sub-topic that also is very hard to understand and come to grips with: original sin. The term basically refers to all people being born with a sin nature; each one of us is born a sinner. As noted in chapter 15, we are not sinners because we sin; rather, we sin because we are (born) sinners. The nature precedes the behavior; the acts flow from the condition.

It is called “original sin” because it traces back to the original sin of Adam. His sinful nature was passed on to his children and their children and therefore to all of humanity—as such, this is sometimes called “inherited sin.” The Bible says, for example, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me”. In the New Testament we find: All of us also lived among [the disobedient] at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature [that is, from birth] deserving of wrath. – Ephesians 2:3

This means that at the point of conception, we all have the predisposition or inclination toward sin. But not only do we have this propensity toward sin, God also rightly considers all of us guilty of sin. This is due to the imputation or transfer of Adam’s guilt to the rest of humankind. Paul discusses this in Romans 5:12–19, beginning with: Sin entered the world through one man [Adam], and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—to be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account [transferred, imputed] where there is no law.

He concludes with: Consequently, just as one trespass [Adam’s sin] resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act [Jesus’ sacrifice] resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Paul is saying that when Adam sinned, it’s as if we all sinned; and just as Adam is guilty for that sin, so we all are guilty—for that sin. But how can that be? We are living thousands of years after the original sin, so how could God consider us guilty for that? Furthermore, how could this result in our being in a sinful condition from the first moment of our lives? These are tough questions without easy answers.

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 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.