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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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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.

Theology of James, Part 3 (The Study of God #55)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #55

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 1:2-3 which reads: “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Eric Liddell. He said: “You will know as much of God, and only as much of God, as you are willing to put into practice..”

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

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

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James connects the doctrinal and the applicational when he exhorts his hearers to control the tongue because man’s tongue is leveled against his fellow man who is “made in the likeness of God”. With this statement James affirms the creation account of Genesis 1:26-27.

Although man is made in the likeness of God, through the fall man is constituted a sinner, possessing the sin nature, which James describes as lust. It is this lust that is the inner response to the outer solicitation that results in sin. James’s discussion on this issue is important inasmuch as it provides a clearer understanding of how sin takes place than perhaps any other passage of Scripture.

James refers to sin (Greek. Hamartia, “to miss the mark”) six times: sin has its derivation in lust within a person; sin results in spiritual and eternal death; sin is showing partiality and failing to love; sin is failure to do good; sin can be forgiven; James also refers to sin (Greek. Parabates) as a transgression of God’s standard.

Salvation
Although Luther understood James as a “strawy epistle” because he saw it in contrast to Paul’s emphasis on justification by faith alone, James has a great deal to say about faith. Faith is the way man must approach God; faith must be in Jesus Christ; and works will demonstrate the reality of the faith. “The difference between James and Paul is not that of faith versus works, but a difference of relationship. James emphasizes the work of the believer in relation to faith and Paul the work of Christ in relation to faith.

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? (The Study of God #54)

Welcome to the Study of God Podcast. This is episode #54

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 Giles of Assisi. He said: “No man can attain to the knowledge of God but by humility. The way to mount high is to descend.”

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

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

We have seen that God is a perfect unity, with no parts to His being. In chapter 13, we noted that being created in the image of God means humans have some of the same characteristics of God. Is unity one of those characteristics? Or do humans have multiple parts? This is an issue of interest not only to theologians but also to psychologists. And your answer will affect both how you regard yourself as a person and how you treat other people.

Christians have rejected two extreme views. One of these, reductive materialism, asserts that humans are fundamentally material or physical. Aspects of our experience, such as our emotions, thoughts, even conscience, can ultimately be explained by brain chemistry or neuroscience. Naturalists old this view, maintaining that there is no Creator God and no afterlife. When the body dies, the person dies.

At the other extreme is radical dualism, which declares that the human mind or soul (the person) and the body are separable. The body, which is just a temporary housing for the person, will eventually be unnecessary. Ths was the view of ancient Greek philosophy: Physical death sets the individual free from a physical prison to exist immaterially for eternity.

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 James, Part 2 (The Study of God #53)

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 Deuteronomy 4:29 which reads: “But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul..”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Symeon the New Theologian. He said: “When men search for God with their bodily eyes they find Him nowhere, for He is invisible. But for those who ponder in the Spirit He is present everywhere. He is in all, yet beyond all.”

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

Dr. Paul Enns writes…

Theological Purpose

The Hebrew believers were encountering trials, undoubtedly persecution from unbelieving Jews. Since the believers did not know how to understand or cope with the persecution, James wrote to give them insight, Within the assembly carnality prevailed. With the emphasis of James on the problems of the rich, there were undoubtedly divisions between rich and poor in the assembly. James, as Amos in the Old Testament, wrote to condemn wrong attitudes in the matter of money and oppression of the poor. James’s purpose in writing was to give the corrective to the carnal spirit that prevailed, showing faith as the antidote to the problems.

Discussion of Theology of James

Scriptures

There is a strong emphasis on the Old Testament in the book of James. In his five chapters James refers or alludes to twenty-two books of the Old Testament. “By doing this James obviates the need for any formal statement of inspiration; he merely assumes it.” This reflects that James was steeped in the Old Testament and was writing to a Jewish audience equally familiar with the Old Testament. But since the epistle had a wide audience, it also suggests the importance of the Old Testament for the church.

There is an emphasis on the teaching of Jesus. James contains some fifteen allusions to the Sermon on the Mount. Since James was unconverted during the life of Christ, he must have gathered information about Jesus’ teaching from those who heard Him.

There is an emphasis on the authority of Scripture. James refers to the “word of truth” that has power to save people. He refers to the “Scripture” as the final point of appeal; Scripture is the final authority. James rebukes the quarreling of his addressees and bases the rebuke on the authority of Scripture.

There is an emphasis on the work of Scripture. The Scripture has power to save a soul; the Scripture reveals man’s sin; the Scripture judges in the present and in the Last Day.

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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 James, Part 1 (The Study of God #51)

Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Isaiah 45:5-7 which reads: “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things..”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Henri Nouwen. He said: “Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God’s incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God.”

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

Dr. Paul Enns writes.

— Introduction to Theology of James

Author

James, the half brother of the Lord, is the best suggestion for the authorship because: (1) There is a similarity of language in the epistle and James’s speech in Acts 15. (2) There is a similarity between the epistle and the teaching of Jesus.

Date and Place of Writing

Recognition of James, the Lord’s half brother, as the author points to Jerusalem as the locality for the writing. Mention of the “‘early and latter rain’, the effect of the hot winds on vegetation, the existence of salt and bitter springs, the cultivation of figs and olives, and the familiar imagery of the sea as nearby all are reminiscent of conditions in Palestine.” The date of the epistle must be prior to A.D. 63 because, according to Josephus, James was martyred at that time.

Destination

The epistle is addressed to “the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad”, suggesting Jewish believers. The phrase “who are dispersed abroad” is the Greek word diaspora, normally used to denote the Jews scattered among the nations. Additionally, they were meeting in a synagogue, were monotheistic, and were familiar with the Jewish formulae of oaths. 

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.

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.”

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