Lecture 74- The Attributes of God- Similar and Dissimilar- Knowledge

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The Attributes of God- Similar and Dissimilar: Knowledge

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

In this lecture, we will continue our discussion with the similar attribute of knowledge.  As we said before, this attribute is shared in common between God and man.  Of course, it is displayed in a lesser, imperfect, and finite degree in man.  Man has the attribute of knowledge.  But, this knowledge is limited.  Man must learn in order to increase in knowledge.  Knowledge is acquired through study, observation, perception, deduction, and induction.  It takes time to gain knowledge.  Man does not know the future. On the other hand, God’s knowledge is not limited in quantity.  God knows all things.  God does not need to learn.  He knows all since the beginning.  God is not in a state of growing in His understanding of things.  He knows all things directly and at once.

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Lecture 73- The Attributes of God- Similar and Dissimilar- Life

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The Attributes of God- Similar and Dissimilar: Life

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

For the purpose of studying and meditation upon the attributes of God, we will make a designation between those attributes which are similar and those that are dissimilar.  When we refer to “similar” attributes, we are talking about those attributes that are found in an imperfect state in man.  They are similar because man shares in a lesser degree that same attributes.  Yet, these attributes are attributed to God in a higher degree.  They are perfect and infinite.  For example, man has the attribute of knowledge.  However, human knowledge is limited.  God’s knowledge is perfect and absolute. Whereas we grow in knowledge, God does not grow in knowledge. On the other hand, when we refer to attributes that are “dissimilar,” we are talking about those attributes that are not found in man.  For example, man is not eternal.  Man is mortal.  There was a time when man did not exist.  “Dissimilar” attributes are those attributes in which man does not share in common with God. In this lecture, we begin our conversation about “similar” attributes with the attribute of life.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Deuteronomy 30

Christ in the Old TestamentPastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Christ in Deuteronomy chapter 30Moses writes, “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.” (Deuteronomy 30:15, ESV) And again he says, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,” (Deuteronomy 30:19, ESV) If this is an exercise in intellectual decision and an act of the will, why do we need Jesus. Moses can just tell us what to do and we can do it, right?   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Lecture 72- Characteristics of the Word of God- Clarity Part 4

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Characteristics of the Word of God- Clarity Part 4

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

The clarity of Scripture is not a magical characteristic.  Rather it is a characteristic that is essential to communicating the divine truth for the benefit of bringing knowledge to the reader and hearer.  The written word brings the revelation of divine things to people who do not know these things by nature.  The purpose of God’s word is to bestow faith on the hearer. Thus, the Apostle Paul says, “faith comes by hearing the word of Christ.”  The word of Christ brings faith in Christ, faith in who He is and what He has done.

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Christ in the Old Testament- Isaiah 58

Christ in the Old TestamentPastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Christ in Isaiah chapter 58. In this passage we learn about how Christ fills meaning into fasting. In fasting, one embraces the passion of hunger that cannot be controlled. This passion of hunger drives action. Either we move toward God or a way from God. Hungers should move us toward God who is the source of our food. He opens His hands and satisfies the desires of every living thing (Psalm 145:16). It should move us to pray “ there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” (Psalm 73:25) Likewise, hunger should moves us toward the needs of our neighbor who is lacking food so that we have compassion upon him. Yet, in fasting their is the temptation to move away from God. Christ our Lord fasted for forty days in the wilderness and overcame the temptation of the devil. He fasted and fed the poor. He is the love of God incarnate. He is the love of neighbor incarnate.  (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)

Christ in the Old Testament- 1 Samuel 1

Christ in the Old TestamentPastor Kachelmeier is the guest on Issues, Etc. talking about Christ in 1 Samuel chapter 1. In this passage we learn about how Christ fills the Old Testament scriptures with meaning. In a passage like this, there is no direct prophecy about the Coming Christ. There is no direct discourse in which God is speaking to Hannah. In fact, Hannah isn’t even mentioned in the New Testament scriptures. Here we are given an image of God who desires to be in the midst of His afflicted people, hearing their prayers and answering their pleas for mercy. Hannah goes to the place where God is present for her pointing to the Incarnate God who comes to share in our afflictions by taking up our sorrows and being afflicted for us in order to bring us into His presence.   (click here to listen to the interview on Issues, Etc.)