Cork Free Presbyterian Church, 10 Briarscourt (Annex) Shanakiel, Cork, Ireland Pastor: Colin Maxwell. Email: cfpc@esatclear.ie

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD BIBLE STUDIES STUDY TWO

BY COLIN MAXWELL

Read: Acts 4:23-30

GOD'S ALL INCLUSIVE PLAN INCLUDES THE WORK OF SALVATION

If God's plan covers every single event which ever happens (Ephesians 1:11) then it must include the work of salvation. It is illogical that this plan should cover the very smallest and least important of events (Matthew 10:29) but leave undone the greatest event of all (Mark 8:36) Thankfully we have more than mere logic to base our observations on. The word of God makes clear the following observations:

  1. GOD HAS ORDAINED THE MEANS OF SALVATION:

Future studies will show how/why God must originate the work of salvation. Here we see the fact that He has ordained the means of that salvation. Two main thoughts:

The work of Christ on our behalf (Objective)

  1. God has decreed that the wages of sin is death (Genesis 2:17/Ezekiel 18:4/Romans 6:23) What does God require in order to pardon sin? (Leviticus 17:11/Hebrews 9:22)
  2. What bearing does Exodus 12:3-7/13 and John 1:29 have upon our study?

C) Point out the time scale of Revelation 13:8 How does this relate to the thought of a plan?

The faith that saves (Subjective)

A) Our justification is based on our believing God and He imputing it to us for righteousness. (Romans 4:5) This formula dates back to earliest Bible times (Genesis 15:6) and indeed before (Hebrews 11:4) It has been decreed from all eternity. There has ever only been one way of salvation.

B) What does the Bible say of those who see fit to devise their own way of salvation? (Proverbs 14:12) Why is this?

  1. GOD HAS ORDAINED THE CARRYING OUT OF THE WORK OF THE CROSS:
  1. The actual crucifixion of Christ is historically dated less than 2,000 years ago. What tense do the following statements, although spoken/written beforehand, use?

    Revelation 13:8

    Isaiah 53:4-10

    John 17:4

    Why was this? (2 Samuel 23:5/2 Peter 1:19)

  2. Look at Acts 2:23. Who is said to have taken Jesus and crucified Him? How blameless were these crucifying hands?

    Yet…although blameworthy…how was Christ delivered?

  3. How did the Lord Jesus perceive this truth? (Matthew 26:24/Luke 22:22)
  4. Who else had a determination at the Cross? (Acts 3:13) Whose determination won this battle of wills?

    What does Acts 4:27-28 say about this?

  5. Are we really at liberty to try and think through the thought "what if…" Judas did not betray him or Pilate had stood firm against the Jewish pressure etc.?
  6. Out of the many OT prophecies concerning the death of Christ…can you think of any that were made null and void by the events leading up to and including Calvary so long ago? What light does Luke 18:31/John 19:28/Acts 13:29 shed on this?

3) GOD HAS ORDAINED THE RESULT OF CHRIST'S CROSS:

Bearing in mind all that we have studied, could the result of Christ's suffering really have been hit and miss? Why/why not?

  1. What did Jesus consider had been achieved after He had suffered? (John 19:30)
  2. What does the Resurrection prove in this aspect? (Romans 4:25) For = because
  3. What would Isaiah 53:11 suggest?
  4. Can you think of any Bible verses which might even hint at the thought that failure was a possibility?

Room for discussion: How does this help you to read the whole of the Bible bearing Luke 24:44 in mind? How does it help you in assurance of salvation?

STUDY THREE: THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF THE HUMAN RACE

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