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1 Church Theology What is Truth? Bristol Bible Chapel Feb. 3, 2008

2 Last Time “The True Church” -- Ecclesiology Matthew 16:18 –Jesus promises that He will build His church What or Who is this true church? –“The true church, composed of the whole number of regenerate persons from Pentecost to the [Rapture] (1 Cor.15:52), united together and to Christ by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (1Cor.12:12-13), is the body of Christ of which He is the Head (Eph.1:22-23). As such, it is a holy temple for the habitation of God through the Spirit (Eph.2:21-22); is ‘one flesh’ with Christ (Eph.5:30-31); and espoused to Him as a chaste virgin to one husband (2 Cor.11:2-4).” C.I.Scofield, Systematic Theology

3 Last Time What does the Church do? We have an obligation to the absent Lord Jesus Live our lives in a right relationship (salvation and godliness) to Jesus, and patiently WAIT for His return We have an obligation to our fellow church members WORK out our salvation as we serve the Body of Christ We have an obligation to the lost world around us WATCH for opportunities to share the love of Jesus to the lost and dying world

4 Last Time 1 Timothy 2:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. (KJV) Pillar – a support or column Ground – to prop or to make stable; to settle firmly [foundation] LET’s PRAY

5 The TRUTH A Few Good Men (1992) Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) JAG Col. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) I want the Truth – Son, you can’t handle the truth. What is the Truth? Jesus - I am the way, the truth (John 14:6) The Word - Thy word is truth (John 17:17) As Church members, our mission is to be actively involved in supporting the truth of Jesus Christ as He is revealed through the Word of God.

6 The TRUTH behind our Salvation Major Text – Romans 8:26-33a God Elected (chose) us for salvation Eph. 1:4 and 1 Pt. 1:2 According as he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world… - And - Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father…

7 A Warning As we talk about subjects like foreknowledge and predestination, these are very profound, very deep truths and as we try to understand them with our limited minds, as we try to grasp the purpose of God, we have to remember that we're embarking upon a journey into a realm of truth for which we are not fully equipped. In other words, we have to recognize at the beginning that we're going to get in pretty deep and we're going to get in way over our head, in fact we're going to be beyond our capability to comprehend. We're going to journey into the divine infinity of divine purpose and no higher pursuit than that exists and we have limits as to how far we can really go. Quote from John MacArthur

8 Elect / Chosen Eklegomai verb to pick or choose out for one's self –Tense – Aorist (simple past tense) –Voice – Middle (subject is the doer for his own benefit) –Mood – Indicative (a fact) It is God’s sovereign right to select whom He wants Divine election of Israel, the Church & of Angels

9 The TRUTH behind our Salvation The PURPOSE for & PROGRESS of Salvation Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (KJV)

10 The Purpose To be conformed into the image of Jesus Symmorphos adjective having the same form as another, similar, conformed to, fashioned like unto Eikōn noun a likeness, i.e. (literally) statue, profile, or (figuratively) representation, resemblance

11 The Purpose Why does He want to make us like Christ? So that there will be many brethren among whom Christ will be the firstborn. Firstborn is the word prototokos and it means the premiere one, not in chronology, it means the firstborn was always the most notable child, the one who inherited everything, the one who had the rights and privileges and honors, it's the position of preeminence. You see, God had a plan and the plan was that there would gather around Christ a redeemed humanity made in His image who would view Him as preeminent and thus forever and ever and ever they would praise and honor and glorify His name...and that's why we were saved. Quote from John MacArthur

12 The Progress – Five Verbs Tense – Aorist (simple past tense) Voice – Active (subject is the doer) Mood – Indicative (a fact) Putting them all together…what God did for each of us. Having known beforehand what He would do, He made the decision to call you by name and declare you perfectly righteous for the expressed purpose of giving you the glory of the living God.

13 Foreknow Proginōskō to have knowledge before hand Only 4 other uses in the NT Acts 26:5Paul before Agrippa Rom. 11:2Israel 1 Pt. 1:20Jesus 2 Pt. 3:17warnings

14 Predestinate Proorizō to foreordain, to decide beforehand Only 4 other uses in the NT Acts 4:28Prayer after Peter/John release 1 Cor. 2:7wisdom of God Eph. 1:5adoption as sons Eph. 1:11God’s purposes

15 Called Kaleō to invite, to name, to give a name to, to personally invite 138 uses in the NT 2Pe 1:3 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. 1Jo 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:

16 Justified Dikaioō to declare, pronounce, one to be just or righteous 36 uses in the NT Ro 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Ro 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Ro 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Ro 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

17 Glorified Doxazō to make glorious, adorn with luster, clothe with splendor, to impart glory to something, to render it excellent 54 uses in the NT Joh 17:1 ¶ These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. Joh 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. Joh 17:10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

18 The TRUTH What is the Truth? Jesus - I am the way, the truth (John 14:6) The Word - Thy word is truth (John 17:17) As Church members, our mission is to be actively involved in supporting the truth of Jesus Christ as He is revealed through the Word of God.

19 Having known beforehand what He would do, He made the decision to call you by name and declare you perfectly righteous for the expressed purpose of giving you the glory of the living God. Paraphrase of Rom. 8:29-30 Having known beforehand what He would do, He made the decision to call you by name and declare you perfectly righteous for the expressed purpose of giving you the glory of the living God. Paraphrase of Rom. 8:29-30 Having known beforehand what He would do, He made the decision to call you by name and declare you perfectly righteous for the expressed purpose of giving you the glory of the living God. Paraphrase of Rom. 8:29-30 Having known beforehand what He would do, He made the decision to call you by name and declare you perfectly righteous for the expressed purpose of giving you the glory of the living God. Paraphrase of Rom. 8:29-30


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