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The doctrine of the Theology of the plan of God. Part 13. The real mystery behind the love of God.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Point 2. The Essence of God is necessary to understand the Theology of God’s Perfect Plan.

a. God is sovereign.
b. God is perfect righteousness.
c. God is also just.

One of the things that God has been revealing to us is the fact that God loves Himself because God’s holiness includes His justice as well as His righteousness.

JOH 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”

It begins with eternity past when the destiny of the Second Person of the Trinity, TLJC, said that He was going to be born true humanity and go to the Cross to be judged for the sins of mankind.

A great deal of basic doctrine is covered in
JOH 3:16 because in it our Lord was presenting the plan of salvation to Nicodemus, a religious unbeliever.

But even with an artistic, non-technical explanation from the greatest pastor-teacher of all time, this intellectual Pharisee was still slow to catch on.

If He was struggling with these basic doctrines, certainly he could not understand the inner functions of God’s nature.

In our Lord’s day, as today, few people understood the essence of God, but nearly anyone could comprehend love in some sort of human relationship.

ISA 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For {as} the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

1CO 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

We cannot discover God’s character or His divine essence if it were not for the fact that darkness has shown us that the grace and love God are revealed in these times.

PSA 40:2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.

Afflicted - pres-pass-part - thlibo = to be pressed as grapes bring forth wine, to press hard upon, to trouble, to afflict, to distress, to suffer tribulation, trouble.

Perplexed - pres-pass-part - aporeo = to be without resources at times, to be in straits, to be embarrassed, to be in doubt, not to know which way to turn, not to know how to decide or what to do.

Persecuted - pres-pass-part - dioko = to persecute, to follow after, to be given over to undeserved suffering, to pursue in a hostile manner, to harass, to be mistreated, to suffer persecution on account of something.

Struck down - pres-pass-part - kataballo = to cast down, to throw to the ground.
Joseph Thayer - “to be put into a lower place”

PHI 2:14-15 Keep on doing all things without complaining, grumbling or arguing; In order that you yourselves may become blameless and not diluted by evil,

Students of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you appear as light giving bodies in the world,

“Life” - noun zoe = the state of one who is possessed of vitality; it is used of the absolute fullness of life which belongs to God.

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