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.
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.