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September 18, 2016 Preacher: Rick Carmickle Series: Sunday Nights @Orchard

Topic: Christian Theology

The God Who Creates and Rules

Rick Carmickle

What does the Bible say about the nature and being of God?

Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will you liken God, or what likeness compare with him?

How then can God be known?

Job 26:14 Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of

him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?”

God the Trinity

Understanding God in the Old Testament

Psalm 8:1 “Oh LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

“Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3).

“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

“Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9).

Among the names of God revealed in the Pentateuch are the following:

Elohim - Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created.”

El - “Eli, Eli, . . . my God my God.” (Matthew 27:46).

El Shaddai “God Almighty”

El Olam - “the everlasting God”

Yahweh - YHWH, called the Tetragrammaton - “the LORD”


Yehosua, “Yahweh is salvation” (Joshua 1:1);

Yokebed, “Yahweh is glory” (Numbers 26:59); “Yahweh will provide” (Genesis 22:14);

“Yahweh my banner” (Exodus 17:15-16); “Yahweh our righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:6).

Exodus 3:14–15

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has

sent me to you.’ ” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘The LORD, the

God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to

you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.

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The God Who Acts in History

Exodus 34:10 And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do

marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among

whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.

C. S. Lewis: God is the “Transcendental Interferer.”

The God Worthy of Praise

1 Chronicles 29:14, 18 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to

offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 18 O LORD,

the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in

the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you.

Psalm 135:5–6 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods. Whatever

the LORD pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the

house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in

his temple.

The God Who Keeps His Word

Theology is speech about God; Revelation is speech of God.

Amos 3:7 “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the


Ezekiel 12:25 For I am the LORD; I will speak the word that I will speak, and it will be

performed. It will no longer be delayed, but in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the

word and perform it, declares the Lord GOD.”

Jeremiah 3:12 Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, “ ‘Return, faithless

Israel, declares the LORD. I will not look on you in anger, for I am merciful, declares the LORD; I

will not be angry forever.

The Incarnation of Jesus

John 10:30 I and the Father are one.”

Jesus Relationship to God

1. Abba

2. Trinity

3. Spirit

4. Incarnation

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,

glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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5. Way, Truth, Life

Matthew 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son

except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son

chooses to reveal him.

6. Savior of the World

7. Inaugurator of the End Times

God of the Gospel in Paul

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and

God the Father, who raised him from the dead—

1 Timothy 6:15–16 [God] who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of

lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever

seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion.

1. God is Creator

Acts 17:24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and

earth, does not live in temples made by man,

2. God is True and Living

3. God is Holy

4. God is Triune

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the

fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

5. God is Worthy of Praise

Romans 11:33–36 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How

unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the

mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that

he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be

glory forever. Amen.

The Alpha and Omega: God Reigns

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and

who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 21:6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning

and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.

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A Short Systematic Theology

God’s Absolute Perfections

1. Holiness

Isaiah 6:1, 5 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high

and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the

midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

2. Love

1 John 4:16

3. Eternity

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth

and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

4. Omniscience

5. Omnipresence

Psalm 139:7–10 Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your

presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there

your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

6. Almightiness

Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be


What Does This Mean for Our Church?

1. Preaching

2. Worship

3. Evangelism

4. Prayer

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