Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 16

Lesson 16:

The Devil and Fallen Angels

In our last lesson we learned that God uses angels to bless and care for His own People (Hebrews 1:14)

1. The devil (means Slanderer) has several names as found in Scripture: Satan (means adversary), Beelzebub (means the prince of the devils), Apollyon (means angel of the bottomless pit, and ‘Prince of this World’).
 
2. Other descriptions of the devil are: the dragon, Lucifer, ‘that old serpent’, and the evil one.
 
3. The devil is a person! He’s a created being. He is not eternal. Luke 4:1-13, Ezekiel 28:11-19
 
4. The devil was created by God as the anointed cherub, the chief of all cherubs.
 
5. Satan was perfect in beauty, but he became lifted up and consumed with pride.
 
Instead of leading the worship and adoration of God, he desired to be worshipped himself, and to be equal with God. He was cast down and cast out by God. Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14.
 

6.Satan has a kingdom of which he is head, which is highly organized, and his one great concern is to destroy the works of God (Ephesians 6:12)

a. The power of Satan is greater than human power. He can affect and influence our bodies.
 
b. Satan’s power is limited though. He is not almighty. He is finite an can only be in one place at one time. He is not omnipresent. Job 1:12, 2:6
 
7. God in His eternal wisdom has allowed Satan to maintain a certain amount of power until the end, and yet that power is ultimately under God’s control.
 
a. The greatest objective of Satan is to destroy the works of God, and to set himself up as God.
 
b. Satan controls all unbelievers who are not Christians, in their lives and in the whole of their activities.
 
c. Satan blinds unbelievers to the truth 2 Cor 4:3-4
 
d. Satan is the believers’ adversary. He opposes believers in every way. He is also the accuser of believers. He accuses us to God and accuses us to ourselves.

 

Thought: Christ in His life, His death and His resurrection has already vanquished the devil. He is defeated. In the power of the Lord, we can resist the devil.  Rev. 12:11, 1 John 4:4

 

Next time: The Creation of the World……………

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 15

Lesson 15: Good Angels

In our last lesson we learned that God never had a plan B.
 
1. Before God made the world, or before He made anything in connection with men and women, He first brought into being those heavenly beings called Angels. Col. 1:16
 
2. The term Angel means messenger.
 
3. Angels have spiritual bodies and can appear in the form of human
beings. Genesis 18, Judges 13:3-7
 
4. Angels never die. Luke 20:36, Hebrews 2:9
 
5. Angels are inferior to the Lord Jesus Christ, but are superior to man.
 
6. In Hebrews 1:14, Angels are described as ministering spirits.
 
7. Names of Angels include (a) Cherubim- Psalm 99:1, Seraphim – Isaiah 6:2, Living Creatures – Revelation 5
 
8. The Cherubim, and Seraphim always dwell in the presence of the Godhead.
 
9. There are thousands upon thousands of angels. Matthew 26:53,            Luke 2:13, Revelation 5:11.
 
10. There is a division in status and work amongst angels.
a. Michael–the Archangel_Thessalonians 4:16, Jude 9, Daniel 10
b. Gabriel– stands in the presence of God, He is a messenger of God. Luke 1:26, Luke 1:19
 
11. Angels are great in power. They excel in strength — Psalm 103:20
 
12. Good Angels exist in heaven. They spend their time adoring God and the Lamb. They are God’s servants in waiting.
 
13. Scripture teaches us that when Christians meet together in prayer the Angels of God are present. Women are to be covered when they take part in public prayer because of the presence of Angels.
 
14. When we come, Angels are there to receive our spirit and take us to Paradise. Luke 16:22-23.
 
15. Good Angels execute God’s judgment on His enemies.

 

 

Thought: Good Angels help Christians throughout their journey on earth.

 

Next time: Bad Angels (The Devil and Fallen Angels)

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 14

Lesson 14: God’s Manner of Working
 
 In our last lesson we learned that The Holy Trinity has existed in the Godhead from all eternity.
 
1. Certain great principles underlie and characterize God’s work. Before God created the world and man, there are certain things which God determined and ordained before He began his creations.
 
2. From eternity God has had an unchangeable plan with reference to His creations. The plan of God comprehends and determines all things and events of every kind that comes to pass.
 
3. The salvation of men and women, and of angels, and of certain men and women in particular, was determined before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4 and Galatians 4:4, Matthew 11:25-26, John 6:37, Acts 13:48, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 1:9
 
4. Everything that God has done and has brought to pass is according to His own eternal plan, and it is fixed, certain, unchangeable and absolute.
 
5. If everything is determined by God, it must include of necessity, the free actions, the voluntary actions of free and voluntary agents. Ephesians 1:10-11, Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 10:29, Proverbs 21:1, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 2:13.
 
6. There are events which appear to be accidental, but they too are controlled by God. The decrees of God are not dependent in any sense on human actions. They only depend of God’s own will and God’s own holiness.
 
7. God does not cause evil in any sense or in any degree. God DOES NOT APPROVE  OF EVIL, but He permits the wicked agents to perform it and then He overrules it for His own wise and holy ends.
 
8. The same decree of God which ordains the moral law that prohibits and punishes sin, also permits sin to occur. However, it limits and determines the precise channel to which it shall be confined, and the precise end to which it shall be directed, and overrules it’s consequences for good. Genesis 5:20

 

 Thought: We must realize that If we are a child of God, it is because He has determined it.  That’s why all believers should praise Him.

 

Next time:  Did you know that there are Good Angels and Bad Angels? Next time we will discuss Good Angels.

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 13

Lesson 13: The Holy Trinity

In our last lesson we learned that the names of God tells us about His character.
 
1. The Holy Trinity has existed in the Godhead from all eternity.
 
2. The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is the most distinctive doctrine of the Christian faith. (Deuteronomy 6:4, John 10:30)

3. While God is one, He exists as three (3) persons which are equal  in substance, equal in power and equal in glory. God, the Father,  Jesus Christ, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (the Comforter).

     4. God and Jesus have the same attributes ascribed to them.

A. Eternal (John 8:58)
B. Holy
C. Life (John 5:26, John 17:2)
D. Immutability (Non-changing) (Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6)
E. Omnipotent (Matthew 28:18)
F. Omnipresent (Matthew 28:20)
G. Omniscient (John 1:48, 2:25)
 
5. The doctrine of the Trinity became more visible when Jesus was born, and when Jesus ascended to Heaven and sent the Holy Spirit.
 
6. The Economic Trinity means that a division is made among the Godhead. God, the Father creates, elects and planned salvation. Jesus, the Son was sent by the Father to work out the plan of salvation on earth. The Holy Spirit applies the salvation to man. In the Economic Trinity there was a division of labor with a unity of purpose amongst the Godhead.
 
7. The Son (Jesus Christ) put Himself at the disposal of the Father, and the Holy Spirit put Himself at the disposal of the Father and the Son. (2 Cor. 5:19)
 
8. Examples of the Holy Trinity found in Scripture are below:

A. Elohim– God speaks of Himself in the plural
B. Genesis 1:26- ‘Let us make man in our image.’
C. Genesis 3:22—’Behold the man has become like us.’
D. Genesis 11:7 -’ Let us go down’
E. Isaiah 6:8-’ Whom shall I send and who will go for us?’
 
Next lesson: God’s manner of working.. The more we know about God , the more we are inclined to worship Him.


Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 12

Lesson 12: The Names of God and the Holy Trinity cont.

 

 In our last lesson we learned that the names of God tells us about His character.
 
Names of God associated with Jehovah are:
 
 
g. Jehovah Sabaoth– means the LORD of hosts. He is the ruler of the angelic hosts.

 

h. Jehovah Jireh– means the LORD will provide. Genesis 22:14

 

i. Jehovah Raphe– means the LORD that heals. Exodus 15:26

 

j. Jehovah Nissi– means the LORD is my banner. Exodus 17:15

 

k. Jehovah Shalom- means the LORD is our peace. Judges 6:24

 

l. Jehovah Ro’eh– means the LORD is my shepherd. Psalm 23

 

m. Jehovah Tsidkenu– means the LORD is our righteousness. Jeremiah 23:6

 

n. Jehovah Shammah-means the LORD is present. Ezekiel 48:35
 

Please review these Scriptures as you do this study. They tell us a lot about our God.

 

Next Lesson-  The Trinity (which is the most mysterious of all the Bible truths)….. Stay tuned

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 11

 

Lesson 11: The Names of God and the Holy Trinity

In our last lesson we discussed the faithfulness of God. He doesn’t change, and He keeps all His promises.

 

1. God is personal and as a person He acts and reveals Himself. It is through the names God gives Himself that He tells us the wonderful truths about Himself.
                                                                                                                                      2. God’s names are representative of His character. The names of God stands for the character of God. Psalm 22:22, John 17:6,26                                                                                                                                                                  3. The names of God are:
 
       a. El – meaning 1st supreme being.
       
 b. Elohim – is the plural of EL and means mightiness. God is someone to be feared as well as someone who is powerful.
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  2. c. Elyon – the hight and exalted one.
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  4. d. Adoni – The Almighty God, the Ruler to whom everything is                                   subject  to.
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  6. e. Shaddai– describes God as possessing all power in heaven and on earth. This name describes God in His power over the elements, His  power over nature, and His power over creation.
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  8.  f. Yahweh(translated Jehovah)-is the most important and the most  significant name of God. God describes Himself as “I AM that I AM” meaning I shall be what I shall be. The name describes His unchangeableness, and especially his unchangeableness in regards to His people. Jehovah is the great covenant name of God.

 

Think about this: The mighty God whom we worship who is self-existent in Himself, nevertheless chooses to reveal and bind Himself to creatures of time, like you and me, whom He Created. He deserves our obedience and our praise.

 

Next Lesson: God’s Names continued…

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 10

 

In our last lesson we discussed the goodness or the love of  God. If God were not patient and long-suffering with us, we would have long been destroyed.

 

1. God is Faithful– We can safely lean upon Him, we can depend on Him. Psalm 36:5

 

 

2. God always keeps His Promises, and He never breaks His Covenants. Isaiah 55:11, 1 Cor 1:9

 

 

3. Once we give our lives to Christ and live for Him, our ultimate destiny is absolutely sure. 1 John 1:9

 

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father.

There is no shadow of turning with thee,

Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not.

As Thou has been, Thou forever will be.

 

Great is Thy faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness

Morning by Morning, New Mercies I see

All I have needed Thy hands have provided.

Great is Thy faithfulness

Lord Unto Me.
 

Next Lesson: The Names of God and the Holy Trinity ( God is a Person)

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 9

 
In our last lesson we discussed the Holiness of God. Because He is holy, He cannot look upon sin. He hates sin.
 
 
The Goodness or the Love of God:
 
1. The goodness of God is that perfection of God which prompts Him to deal bountifully and in a kindly way with all His creatures. Romans 11:22, Psalm 145:9
 
2. God manifests His goodness and His love toward all His creatures in general. Matthew 5:45-B, Matthew 6:26, Acts 14:17
 
3. The goodness and love of God manifests themselves in the grace of God. Grace is the love of God towards those who do not in any way deserve it. The grace of God is the source of every blessing bestowed upon us. Ephesians 1-2, Titus 2:11
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  2. 4. The mercy of God manifests the love of God.
Mercy=love and kindness and tender compassion. Psalm 103, Romans 9:18
 
5. The goodness and the love of God is manifested in His patience and long-suffering toward us. (If God were not patient and long-suffering we would have long been destroyed. Long-suffering means that God bears with the evil and sinners, who in spite of all He does for us, still sin against Him). Romans 2:4, Romans 9:33, 1 Peter 3:15.

 

Next lesson: God’s Faithfulness (Aren’t we glad He doesn’t change!) Malachi 3:6

 

Just read a quote by Mohammed Ali which I want to leave with you.  “Helping others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 8

 

In our last lesson we discussed the Holiness of God. Because He is holy, He cannot look upon sin. He hates sin.

 

The 2nd of the moral attributes of God and man is Righteousness:

 

1. Righteousness is that quality in God which always reveals God as doing that which is right.

 A. God gives His laws in order to make righteous demands upon us. And He has penalties for those of us (all of us) who break His laws. His hatred of sin is expressed in His wrath. John 3:36; Ephesians 2:3
 
B. God reveals His righteousness and justice in forgiving our sins. 1st John 1:9. God prepared the way by providing Jesus Christ’s death on the cross as an offering and sacrifice that was necessary for forgiving our sins.  Romans 3:25
 
C. God always keeps His word. What He promises He will fulfill.
 
D. God declares us righteousness when we truly receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He not only forgives the sins of the sinner in salvation, He declares sinners to be righteous. He makes us righteous.
 
 E. God rewards our righteousness. 2nd Timothy 4:8

 

 

Next attribute : The Goodness or the Love of God

 

 



Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 7

 
In our last lesson we discussed the attributes that belong only to God. Today’s lesson will discuss the moral attributes of God that are to be found in God and man (men and women).
 
The 1st of the moral attributes is Holiness:

1.Holiness–holiness means separation from evil. The Bible teaches that God is holy. Because He is holy He hates sin and cannot look upon sin.
 
A. The Old Testament is primarily a revelation of the holiness of God and what He has done because He is holy. The purpose of the Law and the 10 commandments was to reveal and teach the children of Israel and us the holiness of God.
 
B. The Tabernacle built in the Old Testament was designed to teach the Israelites and us about the holiness of God. (We’ll discuss more about the Tabernacle in a later lesson. However, if you’re interested look it up in Exodus chapters 25-30).
 
C. The cross is the supreme declaration and revelation of God’s holiness. (Jesus dying for us that we can be reconciled back to God).
God’s holiness shows us the necessity of atonement. It shows
that without the shedding of blood there is NO forgiveness of sin. God’s holiness demands an atonement for sin.
 
D. The purpose of the biblical revelation of God’s holiness is to teach us how to approach God. We must approach Him with ’reverence and Godly fear’ at all times.
 
Scriptures to read: Exodus 34; Isaiah 40:25; 1 Peter 1:16; Habakkuk 1:13; John 17:11; Acts 4:27; Acts 3:4
 
**We will never have a knowledge of how sinful we are until and unless we realize just how holy our God is.
 
Next time:
Moral Attribute 2: The Righteousness of God