Welcome to “the Sovereignty of God and…” Carmel Baptist Church www.learningandlivingtheword.com September 16, 2009
The Incommunicable Attributes of God OR The Transcendence of God
Incommunicable means the aspects of God’s character that He does not share with us.
Transcendent is a term used to describe God as being greater than the creation and independent of it.
Notes from our class can be found at: www.learningandlivingtheword.com
<ul><li>Formal Equivalence: </li></ul><ul><li>Translations that seek to translate word for word (although this is really impossible). Examples: NAS, KJV, ASV, ESV. Less readable, but better for study in contemporary languages. Why? Because they will usually attempt to make fewer interpretive decisions on any text that can be understood in many ways. This allows the reader to struggle through the options. </li></ul><ul><li>Literal The attempt to translate by keeping as close as possible to the exact words and phrasing in the original language, yet still make sense of the receptor language. A literal translation will keep the historical distance intact at all points. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Dynamic Equivalence </li></ul><ul><li>Translations that seek to translate thought for thought. Examples: NIV, TNIV, NRSV, etc. Not quite as good for deep study, but usually better for reading and memorization. Dynamic equivalence translations make good pulpit or teaching Bibles. </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic Equivalent The attempt to translate words, idioms, and grammatical constructions of the original language into precise equivalents in the receptor language. Such a translation keeps historical distance on all historical and most factual matters, but "updates" matters of language, grammar and style. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Paraphrase </li></ul><ul><li>Translations that seek to use common language and idioms to get the basic point across in a very readable way. Examples: Message, Philip’s Translation, NLT, GNB, etc. While paraphrases are not good for study or memorization, they are very readable and cause you to read the text differently than you normally would. In this respect, they have great value. </li></ul>
The Knowledge of the Holy – A. W. Tozer The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking worshiping men. This she has done not deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic. The low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us. A whole new philosophy of the Christian life has resulted from this one basic error in our religious thinking. With our loss of the sense of majesty has come the further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine Presence.
The Knowledge of the Holy – A. W. Tozer We have lost our spirit of worship and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence. Modern Christianity is simply not producing the kind of Christian who can appreciate or experience the life in the Spirit. The words, “Be still and know that I am God,” mean next to nothing to the self-confident, bustling worshipper in the middle period of the twentieth century.
The Knowledge of the Holy – A. W. Tozer What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. … We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that compose the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God, just as her most significant message is what she says about Him or leaves unsaid, for her silence is often more eloquent than her speech. She can never escape the self-disclosure of her witness concerning God.
<ul><li>The Problem of the Heart – Luke 24:13-35 </li></ul><ul><li>Outline for our study </li></ul><ul><li>Initial situation – eyes prevented from recognizing Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>The problem – slow of heart </li></ul><ul><li>Solution – explains the word is about Himself </li></ul><ul><li>Results – hearts burn and they go tell others that Jesus is alive </li></ul><ul><li>Now lets review the text in some detail </li></ul><ul><li>verse 13 - two disciples of Jesus are going from Jerusalem to Emmaus, on what very day is the text referring to here? </li></ul><ul><li>When having devotion stop long enough to ask where, who, what, when and how questions. It will add much to your observing what is really trying to be said by the author. </li></ul>
<ul><li>THE INITIAL SITUATION </li></ul><ul><li>verses 14-17 - they are talking (throwing words around), the living Lord Jesus arrives on the scene, they are prevented from recognizing Him and they look sad! </li></ul><ul><li>Other verses in which God concealed or revealed: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew 11:25-27 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew 16:13-17 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Luke 9:37-45 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Question : OK guys, bring an application that we can take from these verses? </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Have you ever had a devotion time, maybe been prevented from seeing Jesus and left not understanding what you read or even somewhat downcast? </li></ul><ul><li>Question: If God hides something from us do you suppose we can find it? </li></ul>
<ul><li>verse 21 – Read this again </li></ul><ul><li>Question: What problem do we know they have from this verse? </li></ul><ul><li>They obviously had a bad category when it came to their doctrine about Jesus. It was their belief and it was firmly entrenched in their mind that Jesus was going to be a "conquering King." </li></ul><ul><li>Of course a proper understanding of the Old Testament would have told them He would first arrive as a "suffering Servant." But Jesus is quick to tell them the real source of their problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Also Jesus plainly told His disciples the very reason He was heading to Jerusalem </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 8:31 </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 9:31 </li></ul><ul><li>Mark 10:33-34 </li></ul><ul><li>Question: What things might Christ be plainly telling you right now in your life that you will not hear? </li></ul>
THE PROBLEM verse 25 - “slow of heart to believe” Is it possible we have a heart problem and don't know it? A slow heart, dull heart or hard heart can manifest itself in bad categories about Christ! Question: If Jesus were to show up at you front door tonight, would He say the same thing to you that he said to these disciple? THE SOLUTION Question: So what is the solution for a slow heart, dull heart or hard heart? verse 27 - Jesus explains ( Greek word that means hermeneutics - method for interpretation ) the Scriptures to them starting from Genesis through the prophets. The word of God into a heart that is prepared to receive the word can do a miracle. Question: What truth do you know now for sure about the proper interpretation of the Old Testament?
THE RESULTS verse 31 - Eyes are opened to really see who He is, and with hearts burning they go from Emmaus back to Jerusalem to tell others that Jesus is alive! What a wonderful story for us to see what happens in our lives as we learn who the real Jesus is from the Bible.
Questions to consider from Luke 24:13-15 Is it possible that you have some incorrect categories about the Lord Jesus? Are they related to a heart that is slow or even worse hard? What kind of sin do you recognize in your life now? When is the last time you got quiet before God and confessed these sins? How can you know Christ and yet not know His word? Do you see why we need one another in community, for accountability and growing relationships in Christ?