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This is a series on the attributes of God.

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The Grace of God Part 6: Common Grace Part 2: God’s Temporal Blessings

Review: We have been looking at common grace for the third week. First week we looked at the His common grace in restraining sin with the second week we looked at God’s common grace at restraining His wrath.

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it manifest as common grace. We will see God’s common grace manifest in temporal blessings.  We will then draw implications of this doctrine to apply to the Christian life. 

Recap of the definition of Common Grace

  1. John Murray: “Every favour of whatever kind or degree, falling short of salvation, which this undeserving and sin-cursed world enjoys at the hand of God.”[1]
  2. My definition: The unmerited favor of God that both the saved/elect and nonsaved/non-elect can commonly be recipients of from God.

What do we mean by God’s Temporal Blessings?

  1. By temporal blessings I am referring to God’s blessings this side of eternity (before death, before the Second Coming of Christ).
  2. Here I want to cover God’s common grace that are less about restraining as in the previous two lessons and more on God’s “positive” blessings.
  3. We must however remember that both God’s restraining activity of common grace and His positive blessings are inter-related. You can’t have God’s temporal blessing without presupposing His common grace restraining His wrath being fully exercised, etc.
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Session 35: The Grace of God Part 4: Common Grace Part 1: God’s restraint of sin

Review: We have been looking at the grace of God for the fourth week. First week we looked at the grace of God in the Old Testament.  The second week we look into the Grace of the God in the New Testament specifically, (1) God’s grace is an attribute found in all three members of the members of the Trinity, (2) and the grace of God seen in salvation of sinners.  The third week we looked at the grace of God in the New Testament specifically (3) God’s grace and sanctification (4) and God’s grace in ministry.

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it manifest as common grace. We will provide definitions, note the two aspect of common grace and provide Scripture supporting God’s common grace that restrains certain things and then we will draw implications of this doctrine to apply to the Christian life. 

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Session 34: The Grace of God Part 3: The Grace of God in Sanctification and Ministry

Review: We have been looking at the grace of God for the third week. We first looked at the grace of God in the Old Testament.  Last week we look into the Grace of the God in the New Testament specifically, (1) God’s grace is an attribute found in all three members of the members of the Trinity, (2) and the grace of God seen in salvation of sinners. 

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as taught in the New Testament and also draw implications for the Christian life. Specifically, (1) we will see God’s grace and sanctification (2) and God’s grace in ministry.

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Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as taught in the New Testament and also draw implications for the Christian life. Specifically, (1) we will see God’s grace as an attribute found in the members of the Trinity, (2) and the grace of God in salvation of sinners. 

  • What is the grace of God?
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Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the grace of God as it is taught in the Old Testament.

  1. What is the grace of God?
  2. What does the Bible teaches about the grace of God in the Old Testament?
  3. Implications

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The Longsuffering of God

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the long suffering of God.

  1. What is the longsuffering of God?
  2. What does the Bible teaches about the longsuffering of God?
  3. How does the mercy of God relate to other attributes of God?
  4. Implications

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The Mercy of God

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the mercy of God.

  1. What is the mercy of God?
  2. What does the Bible teaches about the mercy of God?
  3. How does the mercy of God relate to other attributes of God?
  4. Implications

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Session 29: The Wrath of God

Purpose: In this session we shall explore the attribute of the wrath of God.

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Session 28: Righteousness of God Part 2: Forensic Justification by God’s grace alone

Review: Last session we defined and demonstrated that God is righteous and we also explored what that means for our lives. We often think of God’s righteousness as God treating the righteous righteously and punish the unrighteous.  But there is a third way that God’s righteousness is expressed and that God’s work of forensic justification of sinners.

Purpose: In this session we shall explore what is the doctrine of forensic justification followed by three reasons why we need the forensic justification of God and also explore some implications

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Righteousness of God Part 1: Definition and Proofs

Purpose: Define and demonstrate that God is righteous follow by exploring its implications for our lives.

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Holiness of God Part 2: God’s Infinite Moral Purity

Purpose: Define and demonstrate that God’s infinite moral purity is a Biblical teaching followed by its inter-relationship with other doctrines and implications for our lives.

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Session 25: Holiness of God Part 1: Definition and God’s Transcendent Majesty

Purpose: In this lesson we will consider the definition of holiness, note the two-fold aspect of divine holiness, present biblical proofs concerning the Transcendent majesty of God and end with implications for our lives.

  • Definition
  • Proof from Scripture of God’s Transcendent Majesty
  • Implications

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Internet Husband on Presuppositional apologetics

Here are the links gathered from the internet on Presuppositional apologetics.

Which ones blessed you?

1.) A Christian Philosopher’s Thoughts On “God’s Not Dead”

2.) BackPack Radio Interview with Chris Bolt: The Myth of Neutrality [04/06/2014]

3.) Van Til: Beams Under the Floor

4.) Christian Book Review: ‘How Jesus Became God’ by Bart Ehrman

5.) Which Comes First, Metaphysics or Epistemology?

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religious neutrality

Religious Neutrality Defined: The idea that man can be without any beliefs or views that is for or against God, the Bible, etc.

Objective: We must realize that in regards to ‘facts’ and everywhere and everything that man approaches, he/she can not approach it without presuppositions or with a neutrality towards God.

CHRARACTERISTICS OF RELIGIOUS NEUTRALITY

There are traits and attitudes that have come up in regards to defending religious neutrality that encompasses one or more of these points:

(A) People might ask, “Do you really have to bring up the Bible when we are dealing with Geography[1], Psychology[2], Mathematics[3], Economics[4] or man’s relationship to the Earth[5]?”

 (B) There are people who appear to be sincerely ‘neutral’ towards the surrounding issues concerning God. Doesn’t this show that one can be religiously neutral? (See Romans 1:18-22)

 (C) God is not relevant at all in the Sphere of X and/or Y. (See below on Creation)

 (D) I am not taking any sides for or against a religion.

  1. THE BIBLE DOES NOT ALLOW FOR IT
    1. CREATION
      1. Everything in this world belongs to God
      2. “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, [a] you are there.” (Psalms 139:8)
      3. “The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
      4.        and his kingdom rules over all.” (Psalms 103:19)
      5. SEE ALSO Psalms 19:1-4 and 1 Chronicles 29:11
    2. GOD AND CHRIST THE SOURCE OF WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE
      1. Christ the source of Wisdom and Knowledge: “Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.” (Col. 2:3-4)
      2. God the Source of Wisdom: “5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
  2. THE EXCLUSIVENESS OF CHRISTIANITY
    1. “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
    2. “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30)
  3. NEUTRALITY IS UNETHICAL IN A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW
    1. MAN’S PURPOSE IS TO GLORIFY GOD IN EVERYTHING:
      1. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)
      2. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Chorinthians 10:31)
    2. MAN MUST SUBMIT TO WHAT GOD SAYS
      1. If not, then he is in rebellion against God and not submitting to Him.  He is therefore not neutral.
  4. RELIGIOUS NEUTRALITY IS PHILOSOPHICALLY IMPOSSIBLE ITSELF
    1. MAN CAN NOT BE PRESUPPOSITION FREE
      1. Those Premises and Propositions acknowledge Christianity or not.
      2. Sometimes it can be beliefs that we are not always conscious of.
    2. NEUTRALITY IS ANTI-THEISTIC
      1. When someone say He is neutral towards God’s existence or Christianity, he himself has anti-theistic or non-Christian assumption. It is not neutral.
      2. ANALOGY: When someone says they are neutral towards the Holocaust and when some Runaway Jews beg you for cover, your ‘neutrality’ position towards the Holocaust and non-action is still a position and action against the runaway Jews.
    3. NEUTRALITY ITSELF IS NOT NEUTRAL
      1. To argue for neutrality, is to argue for a position, and the more evidence and arguments you marshal, the more it is evident that Neutrality itself is a position.
      2. Yet, the very point of neutrality is no longer neutral.  It is something that is now debated and to assume it would be begging the question.

[1] See the article “Impossible Neutrality: An Analogy from Humanistic Geography” in Reformed Perspective Magazine at http://thirdmill.org/articles/jim_li/jim_li.impossibleneutrality.html.

[2] I recommend any book on this topic by Jay Adams.

[3] Poythress, Vern. “A Biblical View of Mathematics” in Foundation of Christian Scholarship: Essays in the Van Til Perspective. California: Ross House Books, 1979: Pages 159-188.

[4] North, Gary and DeMar, Gary.  Christian Reconstruction: What It is, What It Isn’t  Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1991

[5] Schaeffer, Francis A. Pollution and the Death of Man: The Christian View of Ecology. Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1970

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In the past on Veritas Domain, I have talked about the small and steady stream of Dispensationalists who are Presuppositional.  Paul Martin Henebury, the president of Veritas Seminary (no relations to this blog), also known as Dr. Reluctant on his blog, has a three part series introducing Presuppositional Apologetics back two years ago:

Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction Part I

Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction Part II

Presuppositional Apologetics: An Introduction Part III

 

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