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What is the work of creation?

The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good. [1] Genesis 1:1 (NASB) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God created everything in the universe; there was nothing, and God created everything. Hebrews 11:3 (NASB) By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. It is by the Word that God created everything that now exist. He did not create from matter but created the matter. He did not create in time but created time. Genesis 1:31 (NASB) God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. We should look at creation through God’s eyes; for what God created in six days is very good. [1]  The Shorter Catechism, 9.

How doth God execute his decrees?

God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence. [1] Revelation 4:11 (NASB) Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created. God created the heavens and the earth and the sea and all that is in them; therefore, he is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. Nothing exist that God did not will, for he created all things that exist from nothing.  Daniel 4:35 (NASB) All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?” This was the confession of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. Once brought low by God, God returned him to reason; understood and proclaimed that God does what he wants, however he wants to do it, and there is nothing that a mere man can to do to thwart the providence of God. [1]  Th

What are the decrees of God?

The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass. [1] Ephesians 1:11-12 (NASB) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. All of history is moving towards a climactic subjection to God. [2]  It might not appear that God is in control, but God is firmly in control of history.  We do not serve a God who created the universe and stepped away, or a God who is incapable of bringing about his purpose. Everything, and I mean everything that occurs is in some sense predestined by God. Why does a good and sovereign God allow tragedies and evil? I do not know, but I am confident that evil will eventually be defeated, for God’s purpose and will is for good. [3]  It is a mystery how God’s sovereignt

How many persons are there in the Godhead?

There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory. Matthew 28:19 (NASB) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Do you believe that God is one Divine being existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all of whom are equally God in essence?  Belief in the Trinity is an essential to the christian faith. All Christians from Acts to the present day have believed that God is Father, Son, and Spirit. Throughout christian history, the Godhead has been invoked during baptismal ceremonies.  In believers baptism, Christians publicly identify themselves with the Triune Godhead. [1]  During the baptismal ceremony, the baptizer invokes the Godhead saying, “I baptize you my brother, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” [1]  Believer's Bible Commentary, Matthew

Are there more Gods than one?

There is but one only, the living and true God. Deuteronomy 6:4 (NASB) “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! This verse is called the Shema because the verse begins, “Hear, O Israel!;” Shema is the Hebrew word for hear. What was Israel to hear but that the LORD (i.e. יְהוָֹה Yehovah or יַהְוֶה Yahveh ) is their God? They should also hear that the LORD (i.e. יְהוָֹה Yehovah or יַהְוֶה Yahveh ) is one. Saying that the Lord alone is Israel’s God is a statement of exclusivity, for Israel was to bow down to no other so called gods. In the book of Deuteronomy, verse 6:4 follows another Shema, the Ten Commandments which where given by the mouth of God on Mt. Sinai in the desert and all of Israel heard the word of the LORD and they were afraid.  In Deuteronomy, Moses is recounting all of these things to the sons of Israel. He reminds that the LORD said, “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of slavery.” (Dt 5:6) All of Israel was to hear that th

What is God?

God is Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth. [1] Exodus 34:6-7 (NASB) Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” Exodus 34:6-7 is one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture, which includes the story that proceeds and follows. When Israel proclaimed the proper name of their God (Yhvh i.e. יְהוָֹה Yehovah or יַהְוֶה Yahveh ) they were invoking the nature of God, given to Moses on Mount Sinai.  John 1:17-18 (NASB) For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the onl

What do the Scriptures principally teach?

The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man. [1] 2 Timothy 1:13 (NASB) Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. I learned a five step method for interpreting Scripture: [2] 1.      Grasp the text in their town. 2.      Measure the width of the river to cross. 3.      Cross the principlizing bridge. 4.      Consult the biblical map. 5.      Grasp the text in our town The point of this is to come to the universal principle taught in the text that is applicable in the lives of everyone, then personally apply the principle in our own lives. There are also a few criteria to observer: [3] §    The principle should be reflected in the text. §    The principle should be timeless and not tied to a specific situation. §    The principle should not be culturally bound.  §    The principle should correspond to the teaching of the rest of Scripture. §    The princip