Luk 15:1-7; Luk 15:10,32; Phil 4:5-9; Eph 4:22-24; Phil 2:1-13
ROMANS-74-100305 - length: 62:44 - taught on Mar, 5 2010
March 5, 2010
God’s plan throughout all the ages is that He might be glorified by the grace that He dispenses to undeserving creatures.
God is love and out of His compassion He saves and restores people for their sake.
God is also holy and out of concern for His holy name He will save and restore for His sake.
“I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord.”
A parable is a story that places one thing beside another for the purpose of teaching.
“It puts the known next to the unknown so that we may learn.”
In particular, in the Bible, a parable is a comparison between a familiar fact and a spiritual truth.
Look for the CENTRAL truth of the parable, making sure that any other truths gleaned from the parable are in harmony with it.
Don’t use the parables to formulate new doctrine.
Don’t ever try to build or destroy a case for a doctrine solely on the evidence found in a parable.
|Attitudes & meaning||Christian way of Life|
|Heartbeat of God||PPOG|
|Typically deal directly with Israel||Deals with the Church|
|Kingdom doctrine||Mystery doctrine|
The central truth of the parable is the joy God has over the change in status of a believer from lost to found, from “dead” to “alive”. Or in a word, “restoration” or what our Lord calls in verse 7 “repentance”.
He acts for His own sake, and yet He has joy when He gets a positive response from one of His sinning, weak, yet thinking creatures.
There is no merit in BELIEVING.
There is no merit in CONFESSING.
There is no merit in REPENTING.
≠ NO SIGNIFICANCE.
≠ NO MEANING.
All the merit belongs to God, but He apparently finds great meaning and significance in our believing, confessing, and repenting.
There is great meaning when one of those free agents freely comes to the decision of believing in Christ.
There is great joy when one of His rebellious children freely decides to change his mind and come back to the Lord.
It has significance and meaning to humans when other free agents take a look at what we have done or written and freely conclude: “This is good”.
Did you ever wonder why God even cares what we think?
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we want to get the meaning of the story, we need to study what our Lord means by “repentance”.