Living the Christian Life Series part 1. 

Unit 4a  Sovereignty  

 

Syllabus  ON  THE  APPLICATION  OF GOD'S  CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES

 

In units 4 & 6 we are looking at the application of 14 Principles and Precepts of God's Character, that are a privilege and responsibility for those living a Christ like life out of love to Him.

These constitute the doctrine of the church.  Every true doctrine is in harmony with God's attributes and so carry responsibilities to which we must answer to God. 

The knowledge and application of these will enable you to make choices and decisions in the known will of God, keeping you in the place of His blessing. They reflect His nature and character bringing you in His image and likeness, revealing Him to the world around you.   

 

 1. Assignment: Look up all references given, and summarize them..         

Remember: every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God.

Let us remember: God made us with a free will to choose between following Him or the god of this world.  However our freedom does not give us the power to come out from under His sovereignty as our creator. 

See what you can learn of God's heart as you consider why and how He exercises His authority over us.  Keep in mind who He is, what He is, and what He has done for us. 

The more you know of your God, the more beautiful the doctrine of the sovereignty of God becomes. 

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit. 

Many people have said to me I do not make decisions with out praying first.  While that is good may I ask what good it is if that one does not go into Godís Word to find principles and precepts to guide them in their decisions?   So for the next week make it an unbreakable rule to pray and search out the heart of God in His Word before making any decisions, and make a note of what ever change that brought on your decisions.   

Our study and meditation will be in each of the following areas.   

Principles: what we are to do. 

The laws or rules for establishing the source of action expected by God.  They will be in harmony with God's attributes as they are derived from them, unless they are the principles of sin which are derived from Satan.   


Precepts:
how to carry out the principle
.  

The method of operation or way we demonstrate or hold to the principle involved in our position or action we take. These come out of the action of God in the Old Testament and the life of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.    

 

Our Responsibilities: our Duties to God and man.  

Our obligation to respond to God and others by His standards and values and not ours or the world's.

 

We will look at each of the following areas as they apply....

Remember: The Application of the Principles and Precepts of Godís Character are a privilege and responsibility in living the Christ like life.

 

To God  (personally)

           

To Others (neighbors)

 

At Home (family)

 

In the Local Church  (God's local family)

 

To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family)

To or in Government (collectively or individually)    

 

APPLYING THE PRINCIPLE OF GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY Unit 4a

The PRINCIPLE of Sovereignty comes from God's attributes, for He is the Almighty creator and redeemer, as such He alone has the power and right to rule over His creation. 

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." Eph. 1:14-20  
 

The PRECEPT of Sovereignty is Lordship, submitting to God's will and ways in our lives.  

               ďFor the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 2 Cor. 5:14-15  

                  Consider: Deut.26:16-18; 1 Sam. 15:22-23; Rom. 6:6-1;  Gal.2:20  
     

Our RESPONSIBILITIES to God's Sovereignty.  

TO GOD: To agree with God, obey and follow Him. Through His word, and the leading of His Spirit. 

       "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I  say?"  Luke 6:46       
     

       Consider: Mat. 7:21-23, 12:50, 28:18-20; Rom. 8:14-16. 

If we love Him we will obey Him, as our heart's desire will be to please Him, by submitting to His will for us. 

"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." John 14:21-24   

The big question is not our profession, but of His. 

Consider: Mat. 7:21-23   If need be Press Here

 

TO OTHERS: By our actions and reactions, our life style.   

"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." 1 John 2:6  

              Consider: 2 Cor.3:2-3; 1 John 1:3-7. 

 

IN THE HOME: (family) Under God's chain of command. 

                "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God."                1 Cor. 11:3                                         

                 Consider: Cor. 11:4-14;  2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16-17;  Deut. 6:5-9 

Note: The husband is not to be an authority unto himself, but under the  
authority of God and His word. 

 

IN THE LOCAL CHURCH: (local family)  

"Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." Col. 1:12-18            

              Consider: 1 Peter 5:1-6;  Eph. 5:23-27    

TO ALL IN THE FAMILY OF GOD: (extended family)

God does not consult us as to who He puts in His family, but gives us family responsibilities one o another.  Yes, in God's eyes we are our brothers and sisters keeper, manifested by our love and care for His family 

                 "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."      Acts 2:46-47 

                  Consider: 1Pet. 3:8-12; 1John 5:1-2; Rom. 15:1-3; Gal. 6:1-3  

TO GOVERNMENT: (individually or collectively)

God ordained government.  It is sovereign over civil affairs but not over God's will as expressed in His Son and His Word.

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  For this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour." Rom.13:1-7   

         Consider: Ezra 7:26; Prov. 16:12;  Mat. 22:21; Titus 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:13‑17;

 

Self test: on the Principle of God's Sovereignty                                     

 

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life.  Remember meditation on Godís Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing. 

Things to Consider: 

Q1. On the Principle of Sovereignty

    Why is God rightly sovereign over all that exist, including your own soul? 

Q2. On the Precept of Sovereignty

     (1) Look for the ways you give Christ Lordship over your life in the verses to consider, and list them.       

          (2) What is the hardest area of your life to keep under His Lordship? 

Q3. On our Responsibilities to God's Sovereignty over us  

What did you learn of God's heart for you in each of the following areas of this study? 

                        To God  (personally) 

                        To Others (neighbors) 

                        At Home (family) 

                        In the Local Church  (God's local family) 

                        To Others in Christ everywhere  (God's extended family) 

                        To or in Government (collectively or individually)   

You are now ready to go on to Unit 4b  Applying The Principle of the Free Will of Mankind      

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 ď And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Ē   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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