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Behold Your God

Part 8: The Triumph of God

 

Introduction                 

A. In the world today it can look like God is losing

B. Jesus told us things would be difficult (John 16:33)

 

I. God has triumphed over sin (Colossians 2:13-15)

A. Sin is a powerful and controlling force

B. God has triumphed by the cross of Jesus

 

II. God has triumphed over death (1 Corinthians 15:50-57)

A. This is a consequence of God’s victory over sin

B. Now physical death for the Christian is just transition from the pains of earth to the joys of heaven

 

III. God has triumphed over insecurity (Romans 8:31-39)

A. God is for us; Christ is interceding for us

B. No circumstance can separate us from the love of God

 

IV. God has triumphed over history (Revelation 19:11-20:6)

A. Evil may appear to be winning

B. But God is actually bringing everything to the climax He has planned

 

Conclusion

What we see happening today is not God’s final word but only a

step in His plan to bring His people into His glorious kingdom!

 


Part 7: The Jealousy of God

 

Introduction                   

     A. We tend to view jealousy as a negative emotion, so how can we

         attribute it to God?

     B. There is more than one kind of jealousy

         1. Envy

         2. Insecurity

         3. Passionate commitment to protect something precious--zeal

 

I.  God’s jealousy is His demand for exclusive worship

    (Exodus 20:1-5; 34:14; 1 Corinthians 10:22)

     A. God demands absolute allegiance

     B. The picture is that of a husband’s jealousy for the sacredness of his                      marriage (Numbers 5:11-31)

     C. God is abhors spiritual adultery

 

II. God’s jealousy moves Him to action (Psalm 78:56-64; Ezekiel 23:25)


     A. He punishes those who do not worship Him (Ezekiel 36:5)

     B. He heals and defends His own people (Joel 2:18; Zechariah 1:14)


III. What this means to us

     A. God wants us to be as zealous for him and He is for us (Acts 20:24)

     B. God wants churches who are enthusiastic about Him and faithful to                     Him (Revelation  13:15-19)

  

Conclusion

 


Part 6: The Tender-Compassion of God

1 Kings 19:1-18

 

Introduction                   

 

I.  God’s compassion meets man’s need (1 Kings 19:1-8)

    A.  Elijah’s circumstances

         1. Elijah prayed for the rain to stop so Israel would return to God                         2. Elijah brings it all to climax with a contest on Mt. Carmel

         3. Jezebel threatens to kill him

         4. Elijah runs away

    B. God’s reaction to Elijah

         1. God does NOT answer his prayer

         2. God gives him what he needs-sleep & food

    C. God has compassion on people (Isaiah 49:15-16)

 

II. God’s compassion changes our lives (1 Kings 19:9-18)

     A. Elijah’s lesson

         1. God taught Elijah about Himself

         2. God sent him back to work

      B. Elijah’s story illustrates the gentle compassion of God

          It was shown by Jesus when he was on earth (Matthew 9:36-38)

 

III. Experiencing God’s compassion causes us to be compassionate toward others (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:12)


We cannot experience the compassion of God in our own lives and

not act compassionately toward others.

 

 

 

Conclusion (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

 


Part 5: The Love of God

1 John 4:7-21

Introduction                   

Bible teaches the God is both loving and sovereign.

 

I.  What is the love of God?

A. It is an act of His will (Deuteronomy 7:7-8)

    God’s love is based on His choice                         

B. It is a commitment to the welfare of those He loves

    1. Deuteronomy 7:8—redeemed Israel from slavery

    2. 1 John 4:9—sent His son so we might live

C. It is unchanging (Romans 8:38-39)

D. It is unlimited/boundless (1 Corinthians 2:9; Ephesians 3:19; Romans 8:32)

  

II. What is the greatest expression of God’s love?

A. He sent His son (1 John 4:10)

B. The son came to die (Romans 5:6-8)

C. We receive this love of God by faith (John 3:16)

 

 

III. What happens to people who have experienced God’s love?

A. They share it (I John 4:19-21)

B. They live with confidence (1 John 4:17-18)

 

Conclusion (questions by Packer in Knowing God, p. 115)

A. Why do I complain when I know this is how much God loves me?

B. Why am I ever distrustful, fearful or depressed?

C. Why do I ever become cool, formal and half-hearted in my

service to this loving God?

D. Why am I sometimes more loyal to the world than to God

 


Part 4: The Trauma of Holiness

Isaiah 6:1-8

 

Introduction                   

              How does a person react when they come face to face with God?

              In the presence of God we realize our creatureliness.

              God’s holiness is most vividly seen in his purity.

 

I.  When Isaiah saw God, he saw his own sinfulness

A. In the presence of God all disguises fall

“When one measures one’s holiness, not against the standard of oneself or of other humans, but against God, the need for a complete change of moral and spiritual condition becomes apparent.”  (Millard Erickson, Christian Theology, Vol 1)

B. Isaiah pronounces a curse on himself-“Woe is me!”

C. Isaiah’s experience is not unique

    1. Luke 5:1-8—Peter responds the same way

    2. Mark 4:35-41—Jesus calms the storm and the disciples are terrified

D. Our problem is that we often fail to have a realistic picture of

who we are, but the presence of God changes that.

“Our sense of sinfulness and fear is proportional to our experience of the presence of God.” (John MacArthur, Jr., The Ultimate Priority

 

II. Good news is that it does not end there

A. Isaiah cried out and received purification

B. The cleansing we receive today is Jesus (1 John 1:7)

C. Once Isaiah was cleansed, he willingly served God

 

Conclusion

A. We need to see God as far above His creatures

B. One way to know how a person views God is to ask them how

they view themselves

 


Part 3: The Holiness of God

Isaiah 6:1-4

Introduction                   

The primary word the Bible uses to describe God is HOLY 

 

I.  Isaiah’s experience of God’s holiness

A. The vision comes at a time of crisis in Israel—the king is dead

    1. Uzziah had ruled for 52 years

    2. Now who will provide stability for Israel?

    3. Isaiah receives this vision of the heavenly throne (Hebrews 1:8)

B. The center of the vision is GOD

    1. He is seated on a throne

    2. He is surrounded by worshiping seraphs

        a. They chant “holy, holy, holy”

        b. No other attribute of God is elevated to this level (Revelation 4:8)

  

II. So what does it mean to be holy?

A. Primary meaning of the word is “separate” or “unique”

“When the Bible calls God holy it means primarily that God is transcendently separate.  He is so far above and beyond us that He seems almost totally            foreign to us.” (R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God)

B. To be holy is to be different

Different from what is common

C. Most things are holy because they are set apart for God but

God is holy in Himself

“To meet God in His holiness is to be altogether overwhelmed by the

discovery that He is God and not man. (Sinclair Ferguson, A Heart for God)

  

Conclusion

A. HOLY is central to our understanding of God

B. In His presence we feel our humanness like nowhere else

 


Part 2: God Does Not Change

Malachi 3:6

 

Introduction                   

God is always Himself!

Theologians call this His immutability

  

I.  God is unchanging in His person

A.          His life is eternal (Psalm 90:2; 93:2)

B.          His character is consistent (Exodus 3:13-14; 34:6-7)

             1. His love does not change (Jeremiah 31:13; Romans 8:37-39)

             2. His faithfulness does not end (Psalm 100:5)

             3. His power is never diminished (Isaiah 59:1)

             4. His words do not change (Psalm 119:89)

C. James 1:16-17 summarizes it

 

 

II. God’s plan does not change (Psalm 33:11)

A. People’s plans often have to change

             1. Because we lack foresight

                  a. We cannot anticipate every contingency

                  b. But God’s plans are based on complete knowledge

              2. Because we lack power

                  a. We are unable to fulfill our promise

                  b. God is all powerful (Numbers 23:19)

B. God’s plan is to bring glory to Himself

               1. By restoring people to Himself

               2. By showing His love and care for them in bringing them finally to                         heaven

               3. By revealing His perfection through punishing sin

 

Conclusion

A. This is comforting truth for all believers

B. This is a serious warning to all who rebel against Him

(Ezekiel 8:18; John 3:18)

 


Part 1: The Majesty of God

Isaiah 40:12-31

 

Introduction                   

 

I.   The problem (Psalm 50:21)

A. We tend to think God is a person like us

B. Bible gives a totally different picture of God

     1. He is caring (Jeremiah 23:23)

     2. But He is absolutely different from anyone you have ever known

 

II. The picture—the majesty of God

A. Rhetorical questions about God’s creative power (40:12-14)

    1. Measures the water in the hollow of his hand

    2. Measures the heavens with the width of his hand

    3. Measures the dust of the earth in a basket

    4. Weights the mountains on a scale

    5. But no one can measure God

B. Contrast between God and the nations (40:15-17)

    1. All the nations are like

        a. A drop in a bucket

        b. Fine dust on a scales

    2. Islands are like atoms

C. Contrast of God with the world (40:21-22)

D. Contrast between God and great men (40:23-24)

E. Contrast between God and the stars (40:25-26)

 

Conclusion—our response to this God

A. Worship (Exodus 15:11)

B. Confidence (40:27-31)