Yesterday’s lesson Are We Letting Jesus Love Us?

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan on April 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Are We Letting Jesus Love Us?



1Jn 4:19  We love because He first loved us.


Are we doubled minded meaning trying to think and live 2 separate ways at one time?

Psa 119:113 I hate the double-minded, but I love Your instruction.


Jas 1:5-7 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

Have we become spiritually ineffective because we don’t know what we believe or why?

(2Pe 1:3-9 ESV)  His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.


Would you agree our lifestyle should provoke questions about Jesus?

(Col 4:5-6 ESV)  Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.


If people aren’t asking us questions, the first thing we should do is not blame society in which we live, but take a closer look inside our own heart and ask how we ourselves are living.

Mar 8:36-38  For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life? What can a man give in exchange for his life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

John Piper said “ Good news that isn’t explained not only isn’t good it isn’t even news” and he also stated that “ God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”

Why did you become a Christian? If the answer to why is the same as how you became a Christian, you are not really giving a reason. Jesus should be the reason we why we are a Christian.

(Col 1:3-6 HCSB)  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,  for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven. You have already heard about this hope in the message of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.


(Col 1:15-20 HCSB)  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation; because by Him everything was created, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross–whether things on earth or things in heaven.


Matthew Henry states concerning Col 15 and on:

Here is a summary of the doctrine of the gospel concerning the great work of our redemption by Christ. It comes in here not as the matter of a sermon, but as the matter of a thanksgiving; for our salvation by Christ furnishes us with abundant matter of thanksgiving in every view of it: Giving thanks unto the Father, Col_1:12. He does not discourse of the work of redemption in the natural order of it; for then he would speak of the purchase of it first, and afterwards of the application of it. But here he inverts the order, because, in our sense and feeling of it, the application goes before the purchase. We first find the benefits of redemption in our hearts, and then are led by those streams to the original and fountain-head.


John Gill states:

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God,…. Not of deity, though the fulness of it dwells in him; nor of himself, though he is the true God, and eternal life; nor of the Spirit, who also is God, and the Spirit of the Son; but the Father, called “God”, not to the exclusion of the Son or Spirit, who are with him the one God: “and he is invisible”; not to the Son who lay in his bosom, and had perfect and infinite knowledge of him; nor, in some sense, to angels, who always behold his face, but to men: no man hath seen him corporeally with the eyes of his body, though intellectually with the eyes of the understanding, when enlightened; not in his essence and nature, which is infinite and incomprehensible, but in his works of creation, providence, and grace; nor immediately, but mediately, in and through Christ, in whom he gives the light of the knowledge of the glory of his person and perfections; and this not perfectly now, but in the other state, when the saints shall see him face to face. But chiefly the Father is said to be invisible, because he did not appear to Old Testament saints; as his voice was never heard, so his shape was never seen; he never assumed any visible form; but whenever any voice was heard, or shape seen, it was the second person that appeared, the Son of God, who is here said to be his “image”, and that, as he is the Son of God; in which sense he is the natural, essential, and eternal image of his Father, an eternal one, perfect and complete, and in which he takes infinite complacency and delight: this designs more than a shadow and representation, or than bare similitude and likeness; it includes sameness of nature and perfections; ascertains the personality of the Son, his distinction from the Father, whose image he is; and yet implies no inferiority, as the following verses clearly show, since all that the Father hath are his. Philo, the Jew (f), often speaks of the λογος, or Word of God, as the image of God. Also, this may be understood of him as Mediator, in whom, as such, is a most glorious display of the love, grace, and mercy of God, of his holiness and righteousness, of his truth and faithfulness, and of his power and wisdom:


C. S. Lewis: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see.”


Is there such a thing as absolute Truth?

Post Modernism: Widespread philosophical movement that followed the modern era; rejecting Enlightenment ideals, it devalues rational knowledge and dismisses the premise that truth can be objectively known.

Stanley Grenz: Two foundational assumptions in the post modern world.”

1. Post moderns view all explanations of reality as constructions that are useful but not objectively true.

2. Post moderns deny that we have the ability to step outside our constructions of reality.

Michel Foucault: The act of knowing is always an act of violence.

The Modern Legacy (Feuerbach, Marx, Freud): Belief in God is a projection of repressed or sublimated needs or desires.

Ludwig Feuerbach: A German philosopher and anthropologist who lived from 1804-1872; in his book The Essence of Christianity, he made the case that God is nothing more than the outward projection of man’s inward nature.

Richard Dawkins and the “New Atheists”: Belief in God has nothing to do with rerality and should therefore be stopped.

1. Meme: Word invented by Richard Dawkins to describe an idea that is transmitted from one generation to the next; an idea that is contagious in the way that a virus is contagious.

What is it?

Os Guinness on truth:

“‘What is truth?’ someone will immediately ask. Let me answer straightforwardly. In the biblical view, truth is that which is ultimately, finally, and absolutely real , or the ‘way it is’, and therefore is utterly trustworthy and dependable, being grounded and anchored in God’s own reality and truthfulness. But, this stress on the personal foundation of truth is not—as in postmodernism—at the expense of the prepositional. Both accuracy and authenticity are important to truth.”

Truth, by nature, is:

• Noncontradictory – it does not violate the basic laws of logic.

• Absolute – it does not depend upon any time, place, or conditions.

• Discovered – it exists independently of our minds; we do not create it.

• Descriptive – it is the agreement of the mind with reality (coherence).

• Inescapable – to deny its existence is to affirm it (we are bound by it).

• Unchanging – it is the firm standard by which truth claims are measured.



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