“14: Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? (I Cor. 11, cp. Rom. 1: 24-28). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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What Does "Nature" Teach? “14: Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? (I Cor. 11, cp. Rom. 1: 24-28). What Does "Nature" Teach? Comments on “nature” (phusis):

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What Does "Nature" Teach?

“14: Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? (I Cor. 11, cp. Rom. 1: 24-28).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

Comments on “nature” (phusis):

“…the nature of things, the force, laws, order…the native sense of propriety….” “…guided by their natural sense of what is right and proper, Rom. 2: 14…” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon, pg. 660). Thayer speaks of “nature” (phusis) being used in opposition to what is monstrous, abnormal, and perverse (Ibid.).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

“…phusis from phuo, ‘to bring forth, produce,’ signifies (a) ‘the nature’ (i.e., the natural powers of constitution) of a person or thing,” (W.E. Vine).

Paul referred to that which is “against nature” (Rom. 1: 26). Also, to doing “by nature” (Rom. 2: 14).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

“14. Doth not even nature itself, etc.? It is nature's arrangement that men should wear short hair, and a woman long. For a man to have long hair and a woman to be shorn are violations of nature's teachings” (B.W. Johnson, People’s Commentary).

Peter wrote of “divine nature” (2 Pet. 1: 4).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

“…Here (I Cor. 11: 14, dm) it means native sense of propriety (cf. Romans 2: 24) in addition to mere custom, but one that rests on the objective difference in the constitution of things” (A. T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

When one ponders the universe and all therein, there is consistent harmony, law, and order. So much so that in the absence of such (phusis), total collapse would happen (cp. Jas. 3: 12). Hence, God is not “…the author of confusion” (I Cor. 14: 33).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

Every facet and feature of creation bespeaks intelligence, order, and harmony (expansion of “nature,” phusis). So much so, that “nature” (phusis) provides insight (Rom. 1: 18-20). Just as “all things” declare by their very innate complexity and “nature” the fact of intelligent creation, they also provide us with limited education (cp. Rom. 1: 16).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

“1: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2: Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3: There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4: Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun…” (Ps. 19).


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The Reality of God

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Ps. 19: 1).


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The Reality of God

The innumerable stars(Gen. 15: 5).


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The Reality of God

The earth is suspended (Job 26: 7).


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The Reality of God

The fountains of the deep (Gen. 7: 11).


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The Reality of God

The paths of the sea (Ps. 8: 8).


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The Reality of God

Species produce after kind (Gen. 1: 21-23).


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The Reality of God

Life in the blood (Lev. 17: 10-16).


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The Reality of God

“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20: 29).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

Design teaches a Designer

1. Genesis 1: 1.

A. Acts 14: 14-17.


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

Creation teaches intelligent design

1. Creation shouts intelligence at every level (cp. Ps. 19: 1).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

Creation exhibits order and lack of contumacy.

1. I Corinthians 14: 33, 40.

A. I Thessalonians 5: 21, Ephesians 5: 10, 11, Romans 12: 1, 2. Acts 19: 32; I Cor. 1: 10-13.


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

The world reveals relationship

1. All things look to the same Creator and there is dependence (Gen. 1, ecology). “One blood” (Acts 17: 22-29).


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

The established order (“nature”) demonstrates love and provision

1. Acts 14: 14, 15.

A. Matt. 6: 25-34.


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

Nature declares an end

1. God upholds all things (Col. 1: 14-18, Heb. 1: 2, 3). However, all things are running down (Heb. 1: 10-12, 2 Cor. 4: 16). 2 Peter 3: 10-14.


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

The established order of things suggests responsibility

1.The sun, earth, stars, atmosphere, trees, the hydrology circle, all have a responsibility (cp. Eccl. 1: 5-7). Moreover, man has an inherent duty to perform – Eccl. 12: 13, 14.


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What Does "Nature" Teach?

Conclusion:

God wants man taught. There is “nature” teaching (I Cor. 11: 14). There is more specific teaching that reveals not only God, but also His will (Eph. 4: 21, John 6: 44, 45). Men are “without excuse.”


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