April 26, 2019
Friday Evening Bible Study
Ed Habre led the study on part six of the Highlighting Our Heritage series, titled "Doctrine Part 1," which addressed the doctrines of the Divine Trinity, repentance, restitution, and divine healing. Brother Ed began by reading 1 Timothy 4:16 which states, “Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” He then explained that doctrine is from the Word of God which is inspired and directed by God. By this means, God reveals Himself to mankind, instructing us in how to live now and giving hope for the life to come.
Exploring the doctrine of the Trinity, Brother Ed described the Triune God as consisting of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; three separate and distinct Persons who possess recognizable personalities and qualities yet are perfectly united as one. Matthew 3:13-17 describes the physical manifestation of the Trinity in the account of Jesus (God the Son) being water baptized by John as God the Father spoke from Heaven and the Holy Spirit descended as a dove.
Brother Ed stated that the central attribute of the Triune God is love. God reaches out to mankind in love, but man gets to God through repentance. Repentance is godly sorrow for sins committed and the renunciation of them. A person who truly repents has to turn away from sin toward God. He must be totally dependent on the grace of God to change the heart. When that happens, repentance leads to salvation and that individual is made a new creature in Christ Jesus.
One way this newness is displayed is in restitution. The intent of every true Christian is to always have a conscience void of offence toward God and man. Human nature does not seek to expose one's own wrongdoing, but to hide it. Thus, restitution is not a natural thing to do, but when a person is saved and his conscience cleared and sins forgiven, he wants to make things right with his fellowman. Restitution is a part of that. It is evidence of the change in a person’s heart.
The final topic of the evening was divine healing. Brother Ed advised that when seeking healing, one should submit to the will of God, trusting that the outcome will bring glory to His name. He warned that at times a person may seek the Lord for an outcome he believes is needed, but does not receive the desired result. That is not because the Lord is unable or unwilling, but He has a purpose in what He allows. Followers of Christ need to trust the Lord and bow to His will, knowing that He knows better than they do about the things He wants to accomplish through them.
In conclusion, Brother Ed reminded his listeners that the purpose of studying God’s Word is to submit one's own will to God’s direction and purpose. When Christians do that, they live with doctrine, love it, and appreciate every opportunity to stand true to it for God's glory and honor.
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