Dear Associates, Students and Friends:
In Chapter 3 “False Ideas of God” of his small book Dr. Loyal Hurley quotes the last verse in John’s first epistle, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21). Then Dr. Hurley writes:
“The most important thinking in the world is the thinking men do about God. True ideas of God lead to nobility of life; false ideas of God lead to the opposite.”
“False Ideas of God” 1
This statement by Dr. Hurley is absolutely true. Dr. Martin begins this month’s article (a 1993 lecture) by quoting the same verse, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).
The thinking that you do about God is also the most important thinking that you will do during your life. Why? It is simply because the thinking you do about God — His reality, His love, His nature, His attributes, His Messiah, and His acts of salvation for you in the past, present, and future — all have a direct impact on your relationships with other people at this present moment (Proverbs 23:7).
Your thoughts about God also will have a direct bearing on your future status. Your thoughts and actions could even determine when you will be resurrected, whether (1) at Christ’s Second Coming to receive your reward in the Kingdom of God, or (2) with the remainder of humanity after the Great White Throne Judgment (as all creation shall be redeemed through Christ, Colossians 1:20). As the apostle Paul says, we should think and live “… worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10, in context of verses 9–12). This is God’s work which He does through us. Works that we do contribute nothing to our salvation, but they directly impact the amount and degree of reward we receive in God’s Kingdom. We all participate in the work God delegates to us as His children:
“And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
God the Father will not give His glory to anyone or anything, unless He delegates that glory. 2 God’s glory should not be tarnished by us through any form of idolatry.
“I am the Lord [YHWH]: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”
In the “Introduction” to his book 101 Bible Secrets, Dr. Martin wrote: “… the prime questions discussed throughout all history have been ones involving theology. People are very curious to know about God.” My computer dictionary has the first definition for “Theology” as “The study of the nature of God and religious truth; rational inquiry into religious questions.” This definition is precise and correct. The only way to study the nature of God is to receive revelation from God through His Word, the Bible. Jesus Christ was the living Word of God. The Bible is the written Word of God. 3
Idolatry in all its forms is a great curse and a grievous error, so easily committed and unwittingly entered into by human beings. However, Paul notes numerous times that idolaters will not be present in God’s Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10:19–20; 2 Corinthians 6:16–19; Galatians 5:19–21; Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5–6). This month’s article, “Idolatry - The Curse of Religion,” discusses the beginnings of Israel’s idolatry at the time of the Exodus.
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2 He has given His glory to Christ. We share in that glory, individually and corporately as members of the Body of Christ. The Greek word doxa is translated “glory.” Discussion of God’s properly delegated glory is found in Luke 24:26; Romans 6:4, 15:7, 16:27; 2 Corinthians 4:6, 8:23, 12:9; Ephesians 1:12, 17, 3:21; Philippians 1:11, 2:11, 4:19; Colossians 1:27, 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; 2 Timothy 2:10; Hebrews 13:21; James 2:1; 1 Peter 1:7, 11, 4:14, 5:1, 10; 2 Peter 3:18. DWS
3 If you want to learn more about the Bible than you ever thought possible, read Dr. Martin’s excellent book Restoring the Original Bible (Portland, OR: ASK Publications, 1994/2004). This book is available to be read online complete at: http://www.askelm.com/restoring/index.asp. You will want to buy the published book after reading several chapters. DWS
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