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The Christian Metaphysic

In Apologetics on December 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

The Bible has a definite metaphysical theme. This would be defined as an attempt to express the entire theme of reality – of all existing things. This would how we attempt to make sense of the world as a whole by articulating and applying a set of central, regulating, organizing distinctive paradigms.

The God who is personal and there infinitely perfect and pure Spirit.

Exo 15:11 “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

Mal 2:10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?

Joh 4:24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The doctrine of the Trinity is simply that there is one eternal being of God – indivisible, infinite. This one being of God is shared by three co-equal, co-eternal persons, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. This tri unity of God is unique in His nature, in His works, self-existent, eternal, immutable, and omnipresent.

Php 2:5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
Php 2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
Php 2:7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Php 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Php 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
Php 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Php 2:11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Joh 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,
Joh 17:2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
Joh 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Joh 17:4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.
Joh 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

2Co 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Psa 86:9 All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

Exo 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

Joh 5:26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.

Gal 4:8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.
Gal 4:9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?

Psa 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Mal 3:6 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.

Psa 139:7 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
Psa 139:8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
Psa 139:9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Psa 139:10 even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

All things that exist are because you created them out of nothing. If it has been created it is
finite if was before creation it is eternal. This includes the material world, the spirit world and
man.

Col 1:16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Psa 148:2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!
Psa 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD! For he commanded and they were created.

Man created in the image of God (the Imago Die) is a being that has both a material and
immaterial character, surviving bodily death with a personal awareness of God and awaiting
bodily resurrection.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Eze 12:7 And I did as I was commanded. I brought out my baggage by day, as baggage for exile, and in the evening I dug through the wall with my own hands. I brought out my baggage at dusk, carrying it on my shoulder in their sight.

Rom 2:7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;

2Co 5:8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

1Co 6:14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

Co 15:42 So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.
1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power.
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

God’s wisdom is unsearchable in creation and eternity. He made all things giving them their
definite characters.

Psa 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Isa 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.

God determines all things by His wisdom and understanding, preserving, governing, and
predetermining the nature and course of all things this allows for his working miracles.

Eph 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Neh 9:6 “You are the LORD, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.

Psa 103:19 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

Psa 72:18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.

The decree by which God providentially ordains historical events is eternal, effectual,
unconditional, unchangeable, and comprehensive.

Isa 46:10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

Act 2:23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.

Eph 3:9 and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,
Eph 3:10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
Eph 3:11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

These truths are definitive, exemplary, and atypical (paradigmatic) for the believer; they are
ultimate principles of objective reality, set in contrast to the false and postmodern views of the
world.

Always be Ready Dr Greg Bohsen

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GOD’S Freewill does he have one?

In Apologetics, Christianity, Saved on April 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I have come to realize that Christianity is messy it isn’t a neat little thing we do to receive some kind of reward! It is recognizing that only love can drive obedience, and love comes from someone else bestowing on me that thing I could never do, have or want till love lifted me!

16 So Joshua took all that land, the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland 17 from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the Valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. And he captured all their kings and struck them and put them to death. 18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that made peace with the people of Israel except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon. They took them all in battle. 20 For it was the Lord’s doing to harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle, in order that they should be devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

We see so many instances of God choosing a people and his devoting a people to destruction with no opportunity for mercy illustrated in scripture something must give. Let me illustrate

1. Isreal was chosen by God they were never given an opportunity to not be his people.
2. The use of the term harden in so many occasions has to have a definitive impact and meaning regarding Gods will.
3. Some SHOULD receive no mercy, there is a people who do receive Gods mercy his choosing.
4. Based on the newer testament Paul tells us some vessels (people) are devoted or created for destruction without hope of repentance (mercy).
5. God will harden whom he will harden and have mercy on whom he will have mercy.
6. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and he is not a man that he should lie or (my words) confuse justice and fairness. His justice is just so if God has a free will, we are born dead in sin and trespass, seperated from God only doing and being evil, jugded by the law condemned to die: where exactly does our choosing God enter in the equation?
How is it we rise above the sin and rebellion that so permeates our life arriving at least to a moral neutral gound allowing us to choose or accept Gods gracious offer of redemption? Then what about those who were never given a chance to repent? In order for free will to be free there must be a knowledge that God doesn’t have, he can’t know your choice or it can’t be free, (predestined is the same as foreknowledge).

Romans 8:29
29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:30
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Ephesians 1:5
5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Ephesians 1:11
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

God is sovereign, he has a will, he has all knowledge past, present and future that plays out in time (he is not bound by time but gives it for us to mark) so that He is glorified, his plan works his way, and since we are born judged and condemned his rescuing us from judgement illustrates his mercy. I have no merit, he has no reason but his own to rescue me from the wrath to come. Praise be to God, his mercies are never ending and His glory is revealed in his love for his own, that while I was a sinner hostile and alienated in mind, Christ died for me, sought me, bought me and now without any thing good in me I am his!

Colossians 1:15-17
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.Colossians 1:18-23
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

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