Theology Thursday

Theology Thursday

Welcome to Theology Thursday: We present select Bible studies and sermons from Pastor Bob Enyart of Denver Bible Church teaching from Scripture that:
- God is eternally free, inexhaustibly creative, and has existed from everlasting
- His main biblical attributes? He is living, personal, relational, good, and loving
- Proper hermeneutics flow not from Greek and Latin philosophy but from the primary biblical attributes of God
- The Bible explicitly affirms marriage and condemns moral relativism and all immorality including homosexuality
- As God is a person and created us in His likeness He expects us to stand for the personhood of the unborn
- God presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ, based on the death penalty, in Bible's context of criminal justice
- The Bible is not a science text (for they have to be corrected all the time) but instead is scientifically accurate. Enjoy!

Theology Thursday: John 1:1

Listen to Bob's verse-by-verse study of the Gospel of John in 3 volumes.* The Deity of Christ -- Another Approach: Christ spoke often of the Father. Still, He preached an egocentric message. Jesus said: follow Me · believe in Me · abide in Me · do all for My sake · confess Me · love Me · come to Me · keep My commandments · receive Me · seek Me · I bear witness of Myself · I am the truth · I am the life. Should a created being direct most attention to the Father, or focus upon himself? Bible teachers use a handful of verses to establish Christ's identity. As is his style, Bob Enyart starts with a sweeping overview of the Bible to address the deity of Christ. This study stuns and delights, respectively, those disputing and affirming His divinity.

For centuries, as affirmed at the Council of Nicea, Christians have used a wonderful list of Bible verses to demonstrate from God's Word the deity of Jesus Christ. Here though is another avenue, similar to the "Big Picture View" approach that we use in Bob Enyart's life's work, The Plot: An Overview of the Bible:

Thus Saith the Lord: If we count how many times the Old Testament prophets said, “Thus says the Lord” we find them using that phrase, in the New King James Version of the Bible, about 420 times. The New Testament on the other hand, never once records that phrase. Jesus Christ, with all the red ink devoted to recording His words, never once used that ubiquitous phrase, “Thus saith the Lord.” Rather, Jesus proclaims, “I say to you,” in the Gospels! Not a single “Thus says the Lord,” but rather, “I say to you,” 135 times. The following chart demonstrates biblically that these two phrases, Thus saith the Lord, and I say unto you, indicate the same thing, that God is speaking. For Jesus Christ made it clear that He Himself was at the heart of His teaching. Unlike the righteous priests and kings, prophets and the apostles, the Lord focused His message on Himself:

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Theology Thursday: When Did Adam Sin?

Listen to Bob's verse-by-verse study of Genesis chapters 3 - 5!* In the 2011 Fall issue of Creation magazine: in the article, Why Bible History Matters, Dr. Jonathan Sarfati makes three observations about how long after their creation on Day 6 until Adam and Eve sinned.

1. Adam and Eve did not conceive any children prior to the Fall
2. Eve would likely have become pregnant during her first menstrual cycle
3. Lucifer also would have rebelled in the short time between Creation and the Fall

Recognizing that Adam and Eve fell prior to conceiving their first child is the primary realization for chronicling the earliest days in human history. These notes present additional biblical and biological observations that may further narrow the timing of the fall of Adam and Lucifer. Scripturally, Dr. Sarfati is on solid ground concluding that Satan fell in that short time period. For as traditionally understood, the passage interpreted as Satan's fall in Ezekiel 28 says about Lucifer that, "You were in Eden, the garden of God." And in Isaiah 14, the parallel passage about the perfect and wise Lucifer, “you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven… I will ascend above the heights of the clouds…"

Lucifer was "fallen from heaven," not geographically, for He was on the earth in the Garden of Eden coveting to rise above the clouds and ascend of his own will into heaven. So he fell not from heaven, but from God's kingdom of heaven, which initially encompassed everything created. For Lucifer was, "perfect… from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you." And prior to his temptation of Eve, he was not cursed to be lower than the animals, and prior to Eve's fall he was not at enmity with Eve nor with her future descendants. For God said, "Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle… And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed."

Theology Thursday: Reversing Babel's Curse

Acts: St Peter's Church, verse by verse in two volumes...* Why Did God Reverse the Curse of Babel on Pentecost? Have you considered the connection between Pentecost and Babylon? One of God's purposes in the end times for the great tribulation is that it will see the destruction of the Kingdom of Babylon, which is, Bob teaches, the symbol of man's organized rebellion against God. Babylon's founder, Nimrod was the first to use government power to meet men's needs as a substitute for trust in God. Thus he was the first liberal politician, about whom 2,000 years ago the historian Josephus would write:

He [Nimrod] persuaded them [mankind] not to ascribe [their happiness] to God... He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence upon his power.

At Pentecost, God marked the start of the fall of Babylon. For at the beginning of the Kingdom of Babylon (Gen. 10:8, 10; 11:8-9), the LORD confused the language (Gen. 11:9) so those who had understood each other could not. At Pentecost, the beginning of the undoing of Babylon, God removed that barrier (Acts 2:6-11) so those who had not understood each other could.

With minor correlations, the Bible helps its readers connect Pentecost with Babel. At Babel the wicked were scattered... from there over the face of all the earth (Gen. 11:8-9). At Pentecost devout men from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5) were gathered and the multitude came together (Acts 2:6). At Pentecost they were all with one accord in one place (Acts 2:1) while at Babel they had one language and one speech (Gen. 11:1). The wicked dwelt there building a city named Babel [confusion] (Gen. 11: 2, 4, 9). At Pentecost devout Jews were dwelling (Acts 2:5) in a city named Jerusalem [peace] (Acts 2:5). Unbelievers were made drunk with the wine (Rev. 17:2) of Babylon's wickedness while at Pentecost unbelievers falsely accused the apostles of being drunk with wine (Acts 2:13).

The text has another lesson. At the Tower of Babel, the Lord punished godless men when He confused the language so that they may not understand one another's speech (Gen. 11:7-9). After living so long under the curse of sin, it actually confused men to have the curse removed, for the multitude... were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language (Acts 2:6). So, the way things ought to be confuses men who have lived so long under sin. To learn more about the substantive meaning in the events of Pentecost, please consider getting Bob Enyart's Plot manuscript or audio studies!

* The Plot: When you realize that the "plot" of the book of Acts helps to illuminate the real meaning in the Ananias and Sapphira story, you'll wonder how much more you can learn if you because proficient in understanding the plot of the entire Bible! Of course, Every story has a plot. And a story's details can be confusing unless you understand its overview. Grasping the big picture will help you reconcile many seemingly contradictory, and controversial Bible passages. Achieve a fuller understanding of God's plan from Genesis to Revelation and equip yourself to share God's Word with friends and family. Consider listening to The Plot series based on Bob's life's work, his book, The Plot.

Theology Thursday: Language and Babel

Acts: St Peter's Church, verse by verse in two volumes...National Public Radio Program Suing BEL: The NY Post today in its article, Science Radio Showdown, reports that NPR's science program producers have filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against Bob Enyart's science radio program. Bob asks, "As always, please pray for our outreach as we present to a hurting world the evidence that God created and loves us!"

* Why Did God Reverse the Curse of Babel on Pentecost? Have you considered the connection between Pentecost and Babylon? One of God's purposes in the end times for the great tribulation is that it will see the destruction of the Kingdom of Babylon, which is, Bob teaches, the symbol of man's organized rebellion against God. Babylon's founder, Nimrod was the first to use government power to meet men's needs as a substitute for trust in God. Thus he was the first liberal politician, about whom 2,000 years ago the historian Josephus would write:

He [Nimrod] persuaded them [mankind] not to ascribe [their happiness] to God... He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence upon his power.

At Pentecost, God marked the start of the fall of Babylon. For at the beginning of the Kingdom of Babylon (Gen. 10:8, 10; 11:8-9), the LORD confused the language (Gen. 11:9) so those who had understood each other could not. At Pentecost, the beginning of the undoing of Babylon, God removed that barrier (Acts 2:6-11) so those who had not understood each other could.

With minor correlations, the Bible helps its readers connect Pentecost with Babel. At Babel the wicked were scattered... from there over the face of all the earth (Gen. 11:8-9). At Pentecost devout men from every nation under heaven (Acts 2:5) were gathered and the multitude came together (Acts 2:6). At Pentecost they were all with one accord in one place (Acts 2:1) while at Babel they had one language and one speech (Gen. 11:1). The wicked dwelt there building a city named Babel [confusion] (Gen. 11: 2, 4, 9). At Pentecost devout Jews were dwelling (Acts 2:5) in a city named Jerusalem [peace] (Acts 2:5). Unbelievers were made drunk with the wine (Rev. 17:2) of Babylon's wickedness while at Pentecost unbelievers falsely accused the apostles of being drunk with wine (Acts 2:13).

The text has another lesson. At the Tower of Babel, the Lord punished godless men when He confused the language so that they may not understand one another's speech (Gen. 11:7-9). After living so long under the curse of sin, it actually confused men to have the curse removed, for the multitude... were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language (Acts 2:6). So, the way things ought to be confuses men who have lived so long under sin. To learn more about the substantive meaning in the events of Pentecost, please consider getting Bob Enyart's Plot manuscript or audio studies!

* The Plot: When you realize that the "plot" of the book of Acts helps to illuminate the real meaning in the Ananias and Sapphira story, you'll wonder how much more you can learn if you because proficient in understanding the plot of the entire Bible! Of course, Every story has a plot. And a story's details can be confusing unless you understand its overview. Grasping the big picture will help you reconcile many seemingly contradictory, and controversial Bible passages. Achieve a fuller understanding of God's plan from Genesis to Revelation and equip yourself to share God's Word with friends and family. Consider listening to The Plot series based on Bob's life's work, his book, The Plot.

Theology Thursday: Ananias and Sapphira

Acts: St Peter's Church, verse by verse in two volumes...* Why Were Ananias and Sapphira Killed in the New Testament? A story seemingly out of place, shows the wrath of the God of the Old Testament, but in the New. What is the meaning of the killing of Ananias and Sapphira? Those who assume that its primarily a warning not to lie to God have probably never considered all the substantive reasons why that's not at all the reason that Luke included this account into his story of the advent of the beginning of the Body of Christ. So, tune in to find out the rest of the story. And why you're at it, consider why the Holy Spirit inspired the inclusion into this early church history of three men with the same unusual name, Ananias?

* The Plot: When you realize that the "plot" of the book of Acts helps to illuminate the real meaning in the Ananias and Sapphira story, you'll wonder how much more you can learn if you because proficient in understanding the plot of the entire Bible! Of course, Every story has a plot. And a story's details can be confusing unless you understand its overview. Grasping the big picture will help you reconcile many seemingly contradictory, and controversial Bible passages. Achieve a fuller understanding of God's plan from Genesis to Revelation and equip yourself to share God's Word with friends and family. Consider listening to The Plot series based on Bob's life's work, his book, The Plot.

Theology Thursday: Jacob's Fraud Pays Off

Colossians verse-by-verse study by Bob Enyart* Why Jacob's Fraud Paid Off: Crime doesn't pay, except for Isaac's second son. Why? Jacob does all he can to deceive his father and steal his brother's birthright. And rather than getting punished, he is rewarded with the messianic blessing. "The pattern of sibling swaps that pastor Enyart reveals is one of the most important themes of Genesis, though it tends to lie hidden in plain view," says Darrell Birkey, BEL producer and all-around good guy. This startling story is one part of Bob's verse-by-verse Genesis: Abraham & Isaac series. You'll LOVE IT, guaranteed, or your money back! For God pivots the plot of the entire Bible around events in Abraham's life. So in this Bible Study series, Bob Enyart shows that without a clear understanding of Abraham, the believer cannot even "rightly divide the Word of truth" between circumcision and faith, nor works (Gen. 17) and grace (Gen. 15).

* The Plot: Every story has a plot, and a story's details can be confusing unless you understand its overview. Grasping the big picture will help you reconcile many seemingly contradictory, and controversial Bible passages. Achieve a fuller understanding of God's plan from Genesis to Revelation and equip yourself to share God's Word with friends and family. Consider listening to The Plot series based on Bob's life's work, his book, The Plot.

Theology Thursday: Colossians Overview

Colossians verse-by-verse study by Bob Enyart* Why is there a Scroll Nailed to the Cross? In this Bible Study, Bob Enyart goes through Paul's Epistle to the Colossians verse by verse, showing how this Scripture book brings Christians to consider Christ's role in the Godhead, and the very nature of the Trinity. Learn also about God's delegation of authority as indicated by His creation of thrones and dominions, powers, principalities, and authorities. And Paul wrote that God nailed the law to the cross of Christ. Wow! Hear also Paul describe the rules and regulations invented by churches as "self-imposed religion" having "no value against the indulgence of the flesh."

Every story has a plot, and a story's details can be confusing unless you understand its overview. Grasping the big picture will help you reconcile many seemingly contradictory, and controversial Bible passages. Achieve a fuller understanding of God's plan from Genesis to Revelation and equip yourself to share God's Word with friends and family. Consider listening to The Plot series based on Bob's life's work, the book of the same title.

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It's Not a Miracle

* Don't Say Thus Saith the Lord If the Lord Hasn't Spoken: The crash landing in the Hudson river by US Airways pilot "Sully" Sullenberger was called the "Miracle on the Hudson." Last week, many said it was a miracle that 15-month-old Angel was found alive 10 miles from her Indiana home after a tornado. Sadly, yesterday in the hospital baby Angel died. Bob points out that when Christians wrongly allege that something is a miracle, they lost credibility with unbelievers and therefore undermine the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is quite unlike any miracle in the Bible that God would throw a baby across town only to have her die of her injuries. Christians will give on another a lot of slack, but non-Christians will remember our fabrications. When we are so often seen to be obviously wrong, people won't believe us when we defend God's Word on other issues. In his article Miracle Dynamics Bob describes from the Bible the surprising negative effect of miracles on most people, in chapter 10 of The Plot, which is Bob's life's work and an overview of the whole Bible, Bob lists all of the 343 miracles and series of miracles in the Scriptures and what kind of effect all those miracles had on the people who received the miracles, and also on those who witnessed the miracles. This all makes for a stunning Bible study!

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

* Is the "Law" the Knowledge of Good and Evil? What is the meaning of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? What was the curse that began at the tree? What is the meaning of “Cursed is he who hangs on a tree” (Gal. 3:13; Deut. 21:23)? Why did Christ hang on a tree? What is the relationship between the Tree and the cross? Why did God nail the law to the cross (Col. 2:14)? What was the fate of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? And what legacy has that tree left?

We are the Body, Israel is the Bride

Bob Enyart's life's work: The Plot* God Divorced Not the Remnant, but National Israel: And He says it will be a joyous day when, someday, He takes them back again and grafts them back in!