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We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see. The Bible tells us that the greater reality is found in the unseen. (Heb 11:1-3). We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

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We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • The Bible tells us that the greater reality is found in the unseen. (Heb 11:1-3)


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see1

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see2

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • Years ago a Christian professor met an expert in the origins of the universe and heard him lecture.


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see3

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • Years ago a Christian professor met an expert in the origins of the universe and heard him lecture.

  • Without a doubt this man in his brilliance gave several possibilities as to the origins of the universe.


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see4

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • As the Christian heard the lecture he thought “this man really doesn’t know and I do!” Why? We have heard from one who was there!


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see5

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • The Bible has much to say about things that happened before the universe even existed!


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see6

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • The Bible has much to say about things that happened before the universe even existed!

  • These things have great impact over everyday life for us.


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see7

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • The Bible has much to say about things that happened before the universe even existed!

  • These things have great impact over everyday life for us.

  • More importantly we can understand the temporary purpose of this universe and the eternal existence each of us will experience.


We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see8

We need to understand the impact of the unseen upon the things that we see.

  • The Bible has much to say about things that happened before the universe even existed!

  • These things have great impact over everyday life for us.

  • More importantly we can understand the temporary purpose of this universe and the eternal existence each of us will experience.

  • We will learn much about the character of the God we serve in this study.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • There was a plan from a triune God that involved each person of the Godhead.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf1

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • There was a plan from a triune God that involved each person of the Godhead.

  • God the Father was author of the plan. (Eph 1:3-4)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf2

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Ephesians 1:3-4- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf3

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Jesus was to be slain according to the plan.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf4

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Jesus was to be slain according to the plan.

  • The Holy Spirit was to reveal the plan once for all. (Jn 14:23-26)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf5

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • John 14:23-26- Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 "He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf6

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • 25 " These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf7

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • The shows the incredible wisdom of God in a perfect plan.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf8

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • The shows the incredible wisdom of God in a perfect plan.

  • Satan and his forces had no chance. (1 Cor 2:7-8)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf9

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • 1 Corinthians 2:7-8- But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf10

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • This gives us great assurance that we have committed ourselves to a God who will never fail us. (Heb 12:28)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf11

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Hebrews 12:28 - Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf12

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • We actually hold a central place in the plan of God! (Psa 8:3-4; 144:2-3)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf13

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Psalm 8:3-4- When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf14

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Psalm 144:2-3- My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. 3 LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf15

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • This is a plan we cannot in our right minds refuse. There will be no other way to be saved! (Jn 14:6)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf16

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • John 14:6- Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf17

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • We should be both humbled and awed that God has acted and spoken.


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf18

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • We should be both humbled and awed that God has acted and spoken.

  • If you think Christians are too “radical” then look at who has spoken to them! (Heb 1:1-3)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf19

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Hebrews 1:1-3 - God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf20

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf21

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • Do you realize that we have been given “the mind of Christ?” (1 Cor 2:16)


Before the creation a triune god planned to act on our behalf22

Before the creation a triune God planned to act on our behalf

  • 1 Corinthians 2:16 - For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • God planned to become man! (Jn 1:1, 14)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan1

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • John 1:1-4 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan2

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • This concept is mind boggling! How can this be?


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan3

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Jesus, the Son of God, willingly limited His powers and experienced His life as a man. Words cannot describe the sacrifice involved in this. (Phil 2:5-8)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan4

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Philippians 2:5-8- Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan5

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • How could one endure such a change? We can understand why prayer was so dear to our Lord.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan6

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • How could one endure such a change? We can understand why prayer was so dear to our Lord.

  • He was exposed to prideful, sinful men and never once acted in self-interest and pride.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan7

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • How could one endure such a change? We can understand why prayer was so dear to our Lord.

  • He was exposed to prideful, sinful men and never once acted in self-interest and pride.

  • We would have wanted to jump up and down saying “Do you know who you are talking to!”


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan8

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Imagine the infinite powers of God and then seeing men coming to Jesus and laughing at him and rejecting Him. (Jn 1:10-11)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan9

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • John 1:10-11- He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan10

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • God became man to be known as a suffering servant. (Isa 53:3-5)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan11

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Isaiah 53:3-5- He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan12

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan13

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • He did this for his ear and his heart was dedicated to fulfilling a plan to save us. (Isa 50:5-7; Lk 9:51; Jn 11:16)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan14

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Isaiah 50:5-7 5 The Lord GOD has opened My ear; And I was not rebellious, Nor did I turn away. 6 I gave My back to those who struck Me, And My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting. 7 " For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan15

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Luke 9:51 - Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem,


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan16

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • John 11:16- Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him.“


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan17

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Our Lord felt the full force of temptation and suffering. (Heb 5:7-9)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan18

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Hebrews 5:7-9- who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan19

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Why suffer like this? He wanted to show us the way.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan20

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Why suffer like this? He wanted to show us the way.

  • Salvation is free but very costly. The costs were known from the foundation of the world. (1 Pt 1:20)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan21

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • 1 Peter 1:20 - He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan22

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • A living faith is not an aimless wander or accommodating the religions of men.


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan23

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • A living faith is not an aimless wander or accommodating the religions of men.

  • We cannot stop short of a complete commitment to this plan that puts us at odds with the world! (Heb 12:2-4)


The triune god was personally involved in the execution of this plan24

The triune God was personally involved in the execution of this plan

  • Hebrews 12:2-4- looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • Ultimately we must learn that the unseen world is permanent and this world will not last. (1 Jn 2:17)


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith1

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • 1 John 2:17- And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith2

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • Jesus wanted us to see Him reject the advantages of this world for a future, greater glory. (Jn 16:31-33)


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith3

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • John 16:31-33- Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? 32 "Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. 33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.“


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith4

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • He wanted them to know that God the Father had prepared a place for them. (Jn 14:1-4)


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith5

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • John 14:1-4 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 "And where I go you know, and the way you know.“


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith6

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • Jesus personally used this knowledge to complete His race on earth. (Jn 17:4-5)


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith7

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • John 17:4-5- "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith8

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • The knowledge of that glory gave Jesus great motivation to complete the terrible finish! This was “the joy that was set before Him.” (Heb 12:2)


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith9

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • Hebrews 12:2- looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith10

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • That joy was much more than being a self-centered joy.


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith11

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • That joy was much more than being a self-centered joy.

  • What do you do when you see something of great glory? You want to share that with those you love.


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith12

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • That joy was much more than being a self-centered joy.

  • What do you do when you see something of great glory? You want to share that with those you love.

  • The God of the universe one day wants to show us something! THINK! (Jn 17:24)


Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith13

Jesus revealed a glory that awaits us by faith

  • John 17:24- "Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Subjection is the path of faith.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god1

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Subjection is the path of faith.

  • We put ourselves completely under the direction of Christ. (Mt 28:18-20)


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god2

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Matthew 28:18-20- And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god3

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • We put ourselves under others. (1 Cor 11:3; Heb 13:17)


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god4

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • 1 Corinthians 11:3 - But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god5

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Hebrews 13:17 - Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god6

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Our culture hates these concepts, but the Lord’s way was hated when He walked the earth.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god7

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Our culture hates these concepts, but the Lord’s way was hated when He walked the earth.

  • Our God understands and is patient and longsuffering. (James 5:10-11)


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god8

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • James 5:10-11- My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord -- that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god9

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Our God will let us be tested and suffer.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god10

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Here is where He molds us and draws us closer to Him. (James 1:2-5)


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god11

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • James 1:2-5 - My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god12

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Let us stir up our minds to see the unseen! (1 Pt 1:13-14)


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god13

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • 1 Peter 1:13-14- Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god14

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Have you noticed 2 things that often go together? One who has a strong confidence in the glory of God lives a life that often experiences suffering!


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god15

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • Have you noticed 2 things that often go together? One who has a strong confidence in the glory of God lives a life that often experiences suffering!

  • “If the eye would have no tears then the soul would have no rainbow.”


What do we learn from the actions of a triune god16

What do we learn from the actions of a triune God?

  • What can we do to better see the unseen?


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