Who is God? Part 4

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
Meditating in this climatic text of Romans chapter 11, we now turn to another element of God being in control. We discuss last week that He sets a purpose. Now we look at our second point which is His will. But first let view the text which is the basis of our study:
“…and through him.”–Romans 11: 36
At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Luke 10: 21-22
In viewing the God’s sovereignty, the will of God is not for the sake that He allowed something to happen. His will is clothed with wisdom and knowledge, that it cant be questioned by man. We might not understand some aspects of it because we cant fully read the mind of God but if its the will of God, it is unquestionable. Yet in His mercy and goodness, we are not left in the dark to know some of His will for us. He has given us enough information that we should be content and make much of His will. When we open the Bible, we can read His will.
As we look at our text, we can find that His will is not just cornered in what He allows but what He also surpress. He is in control for choosing who He will and will not bestow the wisdom He has. Knowing this truth is truly knowing who God really is. With holy astonishment let us bow down to His sovereignty.


The Quotable Round Up #6

Hello once again to our Tuesday habit, “The Quotable Round Up”. Before we dive in to the 7 outstanding quotes, I would like to ask for your prayers in various matters. Please pray for my health, salvation of my love ones, our ministry online and offline, people who we are leading to the Lord and our church members. May God grant our prayer request as you join us in our prayers. Here are the 7 quotes for the week:

“The most useful Christian life, therefore, is the one lived near to God.”
–Iain H. Murray

“Assurance is not something that we work for; it is something that we work from. How could we ever overcome the world if we were unsure of our relationship to God?”
–Warren W. Weirsbe

“True prayer is the by-product of our personal “love relationship” with the Father.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe

“Some people think the biblical doctrine of election is unloving. They suggest that because God has not chosen everyone for salvation, only some, then He is not loving. Yet, the very opposite is true. Because God loves, He chooses. Love by nature must be particular, specifically designed for a beloved. To love all the same without discrimination or distinction is to not love at all.”
–Anthony J. Carter

“If we are going to overcome the world, we must abandon the world’s standard for success. We must measure our lives by the things that God holds dear.”
–Warren W. Weirsbe

“If our Lord has looked ahead, he would have seen arrest, conviction, and death on a cross. Humanly speaking, it was defeat; but by faith, he saw it as it really was–victory!”
–Warren W. Weirsbe

“God does not need people or anything else in order to be glorious. He is glorious in himself and eternally self-sufficient. Yet in his grace, he deigned to share his glory with sinful man! And Jesus Christ was willing to lay aside his glory to die so that sinners, all of whom have fallen short of God’s glory (Rom. 3: 23), might receive that glory.”
–Warren W. Wiersbe

Who is God? Part 3

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
Last week we looked at knowing God from Romans 11: 36. We got to know Him by for He is the source. Now we will get to another aspect of who God is. We will study His sovereignty.
“…and through him.”–Romans 11: 36
The word sovereignity might be a big word for some, but it only means that He is in control. Being in control should be an attribute of God. And in that being in control we can see different elements for which we can truly know God is indeed in control. Lets look at these 3 things:

And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Acts 26: 15-18
Being in control God has a purpose for being a source. He created everything not just for the sake to create but it has a purpose: to show man that there is a God and they need to glorify Him. You might ask why I choose the text on Acts about Paul’s encounter with God in the Damascus road. It is not just because of the word “purpose” appeared on the verses but we can see how Paul, being a persecutor of the early church, has a purpose according to God. He will be use to proclaimed the good news to the Gentile world. At first glance we cant see this splendid purpose of God but it turns out that it indeed has backings from God. He is in control. If you turn to Romans 8:28 we can see that “all things work together for good” for the believer. If you continue the verse, it says “who are called according to his purpose.” Indeed God being in control has a purpose which gives depth and value on being a man, most especially being a Christian.
(To be continued next week…)

The Quotable Round Up #5

Howdy partners! Lets dig into this weeks quotes by John MacArthur Jr. and J. A. Medders. If you find these quotes helpful and encouraging and you want more, you can check John MacArthur’s website: http://www.gty.org and J. A. Medders website: http://jamedders.com. Buy J. A. Medders book “Gospel Formed” were these quotes came from. Now before you check them out, dive on 7 quotes from these two authors:

“Grace means that we are not defined by our sins but by Jesus, who became our sin in his death and then rose from the dead in sinless victory.”
— J. A. Medders

“When we read the Bible, we aren’t just reading a book, we are meeting with a person.”
— J. A. Medders

“God calls leaders not to be governing monarchs but humble slaves, not slick celebrities but laboring servants, not charismatic personalities but faithful shepherds. The man who leads God’s people must above all exemplify sacrifice, devotion, submission, and lowliness.”
— John F.MacArthur Jr.

“When we have a right relationship to God, every aspect of our lives will settle into its divinely ordained place.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“Obedience to God is one of the supreme marks of our relationship to Him as children.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“Whatever you seek, whether it’ s peace, fellowship, knowledge, victory, or boldness, God has an abundant supply in heavenlies. We need only ask our Father for it.”
—John F. MacArthur Jr.

“True prayer comes from humble people who express absolute dependence on God.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

Who is God? Part 2

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
We started this lesson to get to know God in just one verse. In this sweaping statement made by Paul, we can see three characters of God. Knowing these characters gives us a view on who God is. Now we will check the first character which is He is the source.
” For from him….”–Romans 11:36
God is the source. Everything came from Him. Everything your eyes can set upon it came from Him. Your five senses that are functioning right now as you read this article has a source. God is the source. Food, friends and foliage He is the source.
John 1: 1-3 tells us and much more:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Now let get personal. God is not a distant cold god. The God in the Bible is not an impersonal force. We can access Him in a more intimate way than just acknowledging He is the source. The Bible speaks that He is a provider. He is a father.
Luke 11: 9-13 compares God to our earthly father:
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for[a] a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

The Quotable Round Up #4

Guys its another Tuesday and you know what it means. It’s “The Quotable Round Up” time! Like we do every Tuesday we deliver 7 quotes from todays (and I hope yesteryears) Christian leaders. Today we present to you quotes from John MacArthur and David Platt. Enjoy!

“Our fellowship with God is not meant to wait until we are in heaven. God’s greatest desire, and our greatest need, is to be in constant fellowship with Him now, and there is no greater expression or experience of fellowship than prayer.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“For if this gospel is true, then we must spend our lives and mobilize our churches for the spread of Christ’s love to unreached people groups all around the world. Jesus has not given us a commission to consider; he has given us a command to obey.”
–David Platt

“Since the ultimate purpose of our salvation is to glorify God and to bring us into intimate, rich fellowship with Him, failure to seek God in prayer is to deny that purpose.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“We who know the gospel have been given the greatest gift in all the world. We have good news of a glorious God who has come to deliver men, women, and children from all sin and all suffering for all time. Therefore, we cannot —we must not —stay silent with this gospel. Gospel possession requires gospel proclamation.”
–David Platt

“Continual, persistent, incessant prayer is an essential part of Christian living, and it flows out of dependence on God.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

“While the human body has many parts—a head, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, teeth, arms, legs, fingers, toes, and internal organs—they don’t all have the same function. That analogy beautifully illustrates the relationship of individual believers to the entire body of Christ. We constitute one body, yet we have different roles that complement one another.”
— John MacArthur Jr.

“A true child of God won’t be preoccupied with his own plans and desires but the dtermination program of God, revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.

Who is God? Part 1

” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
–Romans 11: 36
Do you know God? This is one of the essential questions that Christians should have the answer. Because what you know about God changes everything and adds an eternal weight to everything. But where can you find the answer to this question? Well obviously for a Christian it means he or she should pick up the Bible and read certain verses pertaining to who God is. That is our quest in this study. To be able to know God. However, if a Christian will seek which verses that can point him to God, you can find lots of them in the Bible. So we single out one that sums a great deal of who He is. Not that other verses dont matter, but in Romans 11: 36, short it maybe, but the truth that this verse carries about God is massive. So in the following weeks we will seek out to unravel who God is by this verse. Again their are lots of verses that speaks about God and I encourage you to check them out. All are essential. All are truths. After all as 2 Timothy 3:16 states that all Scriptures are “given by inspiration of God.” We will just concentrate on Romans 11:36.
As we look at this verse we can conclude that God can be know for His characters . There are 3 of them in this passage:
1.) for from him
2.) through him; and
3.) to him
In the coming weeks, we will meditate one by one on these three characters. Also we will tackle the right response to these truths presented to us by God as our conclusion.

The Quotable Round Up #3

It’s another Tuesday and time for The Quotable Round Up. We serve the best and awesome quotes from your favorite authors. This week lets have some from John MacArthur and J. A. Medders. If in anyway this post encourage you, feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter or on any social media accounts. That way Delighting Grace will be encourage too and post more of these quotes.

“The central function of the church on earth is to reach the lost.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“Prayer focuses on God as the One who supplies. It acknowledges that He is the source of all our physical needs, and it teaches us to live one day at a time in the confidence that He will meet those needs.”
–John MacArthur Jr.

“If you want to have that passion in your prayers, you need to realize that the real benefit of prayer is not the changes God may make in your circumstances but the changes He will make in you and in your perception of them.”
–John MacArthur, Jr.

“The cross is the pulpit sermon of God’s matchless love for you.”
–J. A. Medders

“The gospel stands as God’s bouquet of love for you.”
J.A. Medders

“As the blood of Jesus flowed down the cross, it washed away all of our sin stains. Now we are new people in Jesus.”
–J. A. Medders

“To be devoted to prayer is to earnestly, courageously, and persistently bring everything, especially the needs of others, before God.”
–John F. MacArthur Jr.