God’s Master Plan Session 4Who is the Master Planner?
Belief in the Gospel Acts 8v12 Life of Obedience Acts 2v42 Salvation The faith God requires for eternal life in his Kingdom (John 3:16-17) (A) KINGDOM OF GOD 1) What is God's Master Plan 2) How will God's Master Plan be realised? 3) Why do we need God's Master Plan? 4) What stops us from participating in God's Master Plan? (B) NAME OF JESUS CHRIST 5) Who is the key to the Master Plan? 6) Who is the Master Planner? (C) OBEDIENCE 7) How can we participate in the Master Plan? 8) How should citizens of the Master Plan live?
Objective • To know who is God the Father • Understand the origin of Jesus and its importance to us
Overview • Section 6 • Who is the planner? • What is his name? • What is the purpose of his name? • What is the nature of God? • When did God become a father? • What is God’s power • Why is it important to know the Master Planner?
Who is the planner? • Numbers 14v21 • The planner is God • He who created the heaven and the earth Isaiah 45v12 It is I who made the earth and created mankind upon it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshalled their starry hosts. He is called the LORD
What is His name? • Name is YHWH • Means eternal • Moses and “I am” • Ex 3v13-15 • God’s name encapsulates His character and purpose • Ex 34v5-7
What is the purpose of His name? • Family name • Given to saints • Those who will reflect His glory Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. (Acts 15v14)
The 3 VITAL things! God shows his GLORY… • And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. (Ex 33v18) • And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…(Ex 34v5-7) …which is His CHARACTER …which is His NAME
Name Name The 3 VITAL Things Character God's Master Plan Glory
The 3 VITAL Things • The earth will therefore be full of name bearers Revelation 3v12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
The 3 VITAL Things • The earth will therefore be full of name bearers Zechariah 14v9 The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.
What is the nature of God? • God is Eternal Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1v17) • God is Spirit God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4v24)
God cannot be tempted What is the nature of God? When tempted, no-one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. (James 1v13) • God cannot abide sin Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. (Habakkuk 1v13)
What is the nature of God? • God is also • Omnipotent • Omnipresent • Omniscient WOW! Big words…what do they mean?
What is the nature of God? • Omnipotent • All powerful • God Rules in the kingdoms of man The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of men. (Daniel 4v17) He is the one and only power (God) (Isaiah 45v5-7)
What is the nature of God? • Omnipresent • Everywhere present • Psalm 139v7-13 • Jonah story
What is the nature of God? • Omniscient • All knowing Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (Isaiah 46v9-10) And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Matthew 10v30)
When did God become a father? • In OT God revealed as • YHWH • God • Father future tense • 2 Samuel 7v14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men.
When did God become a father? • In the NT • God revealed as Father Luke 1v35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God”. Hebrews 1v5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?
We are now children of God When did God become a father? How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1 John 3v1 • Our Father - Romans 8v15 We are his sons, therefore bear his name Let’s pray for it…The Lord’s prayer - “Hallowed be thy name….”
What is God’s Power? Spirit of God and Holy Spirit
Spirit of God is His power or energy Psalm 104v30 What is the power of God? When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth. • Created earth with his power • Genesis 1v2 • His Spirit keeps us alive • Job 34v14-15
What is the power of God? • Holy Spirit • Holy means “separate” or “set apart” • Holy Spirit is set apart or special power • Power that is used to direct the Master Plan
What is the power of God? • Used to write the Master Plan down (the Bible) For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1v21)
What is the power of God? • Used to to bring about the key to the Master Plan - Jesus The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1v35)
Why is it important to know the Master Planner? • John 17v3 - This is life eternal Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Why is it important to know the Master Planner? • We need to reflect God’s character • God’s character is revealed to us through the life of Jesus • “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14v9) • “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1v3)
Why is it important to know the Master Planner? • Must understand the • Goodness and severity of God • “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God” (Romans 11v22)
Why is it important to know the Master Planner? • Goodness • God of Love • John 3v16 • 1 John 4v16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
Why is it important to know the Master Planner? • Severity • God has a plan • God overlooked ignorance • BUT God has appointed a day In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. (Acts 17v30-31)
Conclusion • This week we looked at • Who is the planner? • What is His name? • What is the purpose of His name? • What is the nature of God? • When did God become a father? • What is God’s power? • Why is it important to know the Master Planner?
The master planner is God, who is revealed through his name, YHWH, and has chosen to be the Father of those who love Him. Question and Answer • Who is the Master Planner?
Conclusion • Next week we look at…. • What must we do to share in the Master Plan? • What is Belief? • What is Repentance? • What is Baptism? • Why be baptised? • How baptism saves us