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An Introduction to Systematic Theology (GBCWMM-JG-005)

Posted by Curt Wildy on November 18, 2014

To listen to these studies at your own (potentially accelerated) pace, please visit the main page from whence these studies originate: http://www.grace-bible.co/mens-meeting-top.htm


An Introduction to Systematic Theology

(GBCWMM-JG-005)

Paterology: The Study of God the Father In All of His Attributes

Pastor Jesse Gistand
 GBC Weekly Men’s Meetings
Saturday – 02/28/2009
32 min | Matthew 23:1-9

Matthew 23:1-9 “Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men’s shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”

Comment: This is the fifth available study in a series on systematic theology; this one addresses the matter of Paterology (Theology Proper) in light of the preeminence of the Father in Heaven. I love the warnings contained herein against pride, legalism, and self-righteousness — they are truly needful for me. Moreover, it is a blessing to see God, particularly God the Father, put forth so zealously as the first cause and absolute sovereign of all things. These are but nuggets, the recording ends before Brother Jesse really begins. Nonetheless, what is packed into these relatively few words has much weight and value.

Listen:

Alternative Link: An Introduction to Systematic Theology (GBCWMM-JG-005)

Main Site Link: http://www.grace-bible.co/mens-meeting-top.htm

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An Introduction to Systematic Theology (GBCWMM-JG-004)

Posted by Curt Wildy on November 18, 2014

To listen to these studies at your own (potentially accelerated) pace, please visit the main page from whence these studies originate: http://www.grace-bible.co/mens-meeting-top.htm


An Introduction to Systematic Theology

(GBCWMM-JG-004)

Paterology: The Study of God the Father In All of His Attributes

Pastor Jesse Gistand
 GBC Weekly Men’s Meetings
Saturday – 02/21/2009
33 min | John 17:1-5

John 17:1-5 “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

Comment: This is the fourth available study in a series on systematic theology; this one addresses the matter of Paterology (Theology Proper) – which is the investigation of God’s biblical teaching concerning God the Father, the First Person of the Triune Godhead. Before this study, I was unaware of Paterology; thus, it was a blessing to be able to hear this introduction to these teachings, especially in light of the Lord Jesus’ very clear purpose and role in revealing the Father to us.

Listen:

Alternative Link: An Introduction to Systematic Theology (GBCWMM-JG-004)

Main Site Link: http://www.grace-bible.co/mens-meeting-top.htm

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An Introduction to Systematic Theology (GBCWMM-JG-003)

Posted by Curt Wildy on November 17, 2014

To listen to these studies at your own (potentially accelerated) pace, please visit the main page from whence these studies originate: http://www.grace-bible.co/mens-meeting-top.htm


An Introduction to Systematic Theology

(GBCWMM-JG-003)

Theology: Order, Structure, Maturity, Christ!

Pastor Jesse Gistand
 GBC Weekly Men’s Meetings
Saturday – 02/14/2009
33 min | Colossians 2:17-23

Colossians 2:17-23 “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.”

Comment: This is the third available study in a series on systematic theology — unfortunately, like the others, these early recordings are incomplete. Nonetheless, the remaining truths and lessons are well worth hearing. Brother Jesse covered a range of matters including the importance of order, discipline (tied into being a disciple), biblical manhood, the maturing process, the Christian walk, and the importance of keeping Christ and His Gospel preeminent above all.

Listen:

Alternative Link: An Introduction to Systematic Theology (GBCWMM-JG-003)

Main Site Link: http://www.grace-bible.co/mens-meeting-top.htm

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Left

Posted by Curt Wildy on November 16, 2014

Left

Spiritually speaking, I cannot begin to describe my view of this word. From the vantage point of both eternity (as it relates to the non-elect) and temporally (as it relates to the saints of God) “left” is one of the most troubling, distressing, and humbling words that I can think of.

For the reprobate, to be left in sin, left in ignorance, left in unbelief, left in self-righteousness, left in hardness of heart, left in rebellion, left in a whole host of other vile ills and mindsets is to be so thoroughly given over to sin as to be utterly, and irretrievably set on course for everlasting despair and burning. There is nothing worse, nothing worse, than to be left of God; to be left to your on way, to your own sinful will, and to your own wicked devices and desires. To be left of God is tantamount to having *every* obstacle that would have prevented your eternal downfall removed, with the final outcome being that you are really and truly cast into Hell and left therein forever. We cannot even begin to imagine what it means to be infinitely and immutably abandoned, forsaken, disavowed, deserted, even LEFT of God… both without hope and without any hope of hope. Can you imagine? There is no hope in Hell; the Lord will not eventually come and get you once cast therein; there is nothing but infinite terror to look forward to.

God is not mocked, He is worthy to be worshipped, honoured, and obeyed. If you are not found in His Christ, every particle in the universe, if written upon, could not begin to contain the full story of how horribly undone you will be. I cannot exhort you enough, seek to be found in Christ, cry out to God for His mercy, for the mercy found only in the Lord Jesus (His blessed Person and work) and pray indeed that you are not, forever, left in your sin; that you do not forever fall short of the cleansing, delivering, saving riches found in the fountains of His water and His blood. Christ died for sinners, elect sinners, but sinners nonetheless. We do not know ahead of time whether we are elect. We are simply called to believe upon the Lord; God the Word made flesh; who took the form of man that He may keep the law perfectly for His people; take their sin upon Him; die on the cross in their stead (enduring the full wrath of God for those sins, even putting them away forever); and rise again (evidencing that He has procured a righteousness and holiness for His people that guarantees their salvation). Though, in light of this salvation, the Christian will have much sorrow and tribulation in this world (due to sin within and sin without); nevertheless, they will have much comfort; even the comfort of Christ Himself (in light of our vital union with Him) through the Holy Ghost; and their delight will be in God, His Christ, and His word. They may experience these precious things in various degrees, but in due time, all of God’s people are comforted with the joy of the riches of the blessings found in Christ Jesus.

Nonetheless, the saints of God, though never as a reflection of our eternal state in Christ, for a season or seasons at a time, will not uncommonly be left to experience more of our own natural hard-heartedness; left to realise our own lack of zeal and fervency; left to behold our own pride, haughtiness, and self-righteousness; left to lean unto our own knowledge and understanding (seeing our own natural brutishness and ignorance); left to uphold our own notional traditions and idols; left to experience coldness in praise, worship, expressed love, and thanksgiving towards our Lord; left to deal with sins we thought were conquered; and left to deal with numerous other manifestations of our own natural sin, vileness, and foolishness. To be temporally left after this manner, is to experience a brief taste of (experimental) death; it is to taste of both the misery that the non-elect must endure for all eternity and to taste of the misery that the Lord suffered on the cross (though without sin) as He bore our sin and endured the divine wrath of God for it — in our stead. Our taste of being left cannot be compared to even a single grain; it cannot reach unto the tiniest measure when you consider both what the non-elect will encounter all of their days and what our Lord endured on the cross.

As Brother Philpot spoke so well of concerning, such tiny tastes of misery force us onward (by God’s grace and at His set times) to cry out to God all the more, to seek the face of the Lord all the more, and to turn to Him with greater heartfelt need, sincerity, and fervency. This indeed is a blessing and though such chastisements as “desertion” (as brethren of old called it) for a season are painful, they are indeed needful; God uses them to conform us all the more to the image of his son experimentally. As I was thinking about these things, I considered how I often lament concerning how little I love the Lord in comparison to the great things that He has done for, and unto, me. I often pray for a greater and greater outpouring of love and thanksgiving towards Him. Then it dawned on me. What I wanted was such an outpouring of love in my heart, and such a thanksgiving towards the Lord (for all He has done), that I would never lament my lack of love again. What I wanted was a fervency and zealous love and thanksgiving that I could rest in… be content with… but NO!… I do not want to be “left” in any such state (not in this body of death). May it be that God keeps moving that carrot out of reach so that I am ever desiring to know Him more, love him more, praise and worship Him more, so that I am not left to remain in one ‘happily little spot,’ complacent, settled on my lees, but forced (by divine grace) to carry forward all the more unto the end, enduring all that He has ordained for me (and will give me grace to) endure, and striving to grow in love and grace — knowing that the Christian is not left, but borne along; we are not abandoned to stagnation but carried along to press on, and to fight the good fight of faith, as we grow and mature to the degree that the Lord enables.

Finally, I never cease to be awed and amazed, never cease to be so, when I think about the unspeakable reality that I was not left. I could have been as the vast majority of others about me, left to the cares and distractions of this world, left to my own devices, left to sinful self, but God (for no other reason than His own sovereign will and purpose) saw fit to choose me; and countless others like me to save (who have absolutely no good, no hope, nor any worthiness in themselves). He could have left me; He could have left us; but He purposed from before the world was that He would not. He purposed to save; He purposed not only ‘not to leave us’ but to draw us nigh unto Himself, to make Himself known unto us, to reveal Himself to us in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He did it; it is ALL His work; our will, seeking, searching, or desire was never towards Him, nor for Him, until He did the first work. The Lord is a gracious and merciful Lord “for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” The Christian will never be utterly nor truly, left. God was always there for them, remains forever there for them now, and will remain there for them, with them, and in them, for all eternity. The people of God are not only not left but they are kept, enclosed, hedged in, and indwelled by God unto the utmost. One could encase a person within billions upon billions of miles of carbyne to keep and protect them from harm and they would never be as safe as they are through union with Christ; it wouldn’t even be as strong as the thinnest encasing of vapour in comparison with the keeping and preserving power of our mighty God and Saviour. He is magnificent beyond thoughts and words.

To God be the glory!

 

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So Very Close To The Truth

Posted by Curt Wildy on November 14, 2014

So Very Close To The Truth

Jesus said unto her,
I am the Resurrection, and the Life:
he that believeth in Me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live
John 11:25

In the book of John, the last miraculous act that the Lord Jesus engaged in before the Pharisees conspired to kill Him (with Caiaphas stating “Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not) was the resurrection of Lazarus. As His “Hour” neared, it becomes even more amazing that the very God Man who demonstrated that He was the Resurrection and the Life, and who was about to make redemption and atonement a reality in time, was nonetheless walking amongst men who would utterly and willingly reject Him. The Bible states “But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him” John 12:37-41.

The very same glory that Isaiah saw from a distance (temporally speaking), and no doubt marveled over, these men could not see because ‘darkness had already come upon them.’ Because they were in great darkness, having no Light in them, they could not see, they could not believe — God hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with [their] eyes, nor understand with [their] heart, and be converted, that God should heal them. They were standing right next to Him; many could no doubt touch Him; they were close enough to physically behold Him, take hold of Him, and partake of Him, the True Tree of Life and Fountain of Living Waters, and yet they wanted nothing to do with Him — they literally hated Life and the goodness that flows therefrom.

Whenever anyone is confronted with the Truth of Christ, whenever the Gospel proclamation goes forth, that person is placed into a situation wherein they will either behold the glory of the Lord (at God’s appointed time) or else darkness will fall upon them and therefore they neither can believe nor will believe the report, the good news and glad tidings, of the Lord. To think that all of eternity hinges (in the physical realm) on how you respond to the words of the Master, even the revelation of Him, is mind-blowing. This is beyond supernatural, beyond the storyline of the greatest science fiction plot; this is your eternal destiny unfolding in time — and the direction of it all depends upon whether you are in a world of darkness or a world of Light; whether God hath blinded your eyes, and hardened your heart (that you should not see with [your] eyes, nor understand with [your] heart), or whether you have been given spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear the glory and voice of the True and living God. This “in time” dichotomy is but a temporal reflection of

Ephesians 1:3-6: “Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: 4 According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved.”

Perpetual darkness will come upon none who were chosen in Christ, by the Father, from before the world was. Likewise, the True Light will illuminate no one who was not chosen in Christ, by the Father, from before the world was. This choice in eternity has eternal weight and measure in time — for it is one eternal conduit connecting the eternal decree and its fulfillment in our reality. We can say with perfect assurance that God does not play; this is the most pertinent, urgent, and demanding topic that we can set our minds upon. Seeing how no one knows beforehand whether they were chosen in Christ, it behooves us all to seek Him — to seek to be found in Him; to cry out to God, to ask for that Light, to ask for eyes to see and ears to hear Him and His word; to beseech Him for grace and mercy to trust that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Again, it is an eternally frightful thing to be so nigh unto the Word of Truth and yet, to set this Truth at naught because you, for such a brief season in time (compared to eternity) preferred darkness rather than Light.

Finally, listen to these words “If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will [My] Father honour.” Isn’t that the crux of it all? Isn’t the whole purpose of man (that is, if we are in the Light) to lovingly, reverently, and obediently serve our Lord? To serve the Lord is to FOLLOW Him; to join Him (by His grace) as His attendant; to accompany Him knowing that it is He that must first accompany us. It is to be His disciple, to be disciplined in the things concerning Him and His kingdom. It is to side with Him against this wicked world. I want to follow the Light and to be found therein — don’t you? Have you come to that point (or, if you are like me, have you been brought again and again to that point) wherein you are so sick of your own thoughts, your own understanding, your own will, and your own sin that you simply want to be done with it all — ENOUGH! — you want the Lord to have such complete dominion over you (your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions) that no remnant of self can be seen therein. It doesn’t work that way on this side of the grave; nonetheless, my prayer for myself, my family, and for all of God’s people is that He break us down mightily, causing us to submit to His will all the more, and causing us to delight in Him not only as Saviour but as Master, Lord, and King. To Him is all honour due….

To God be the glory.

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