I. THAT THE GOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF GLORY.
A. Great is the mystery of Godliness, God was manifested in the flesh.
1. Here is one of the mysteries, where the Father of glory is called the God of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. In John 14
Jesus said to His disciples, "If you loved Me you would rejoice, for I said that I go unto the Father, for the Father is greater than I."
3. Verily, verily, I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. John 13:16
4. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God. John 20:17
5. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God. I Cor. 11:3
Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.
For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under [him, it is] manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
B. We know that Jesus is one with the Father.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou [then], Shew us the Father? Believe me that I [am] in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Whose [are] the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ [came], who is God, over all, blessed for ever. Amen.
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
But unto the Son [he saith], Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness [is] the sceptre of thy kingdom.
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen [it], and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
2. Then in verse 11 Jesus is speaking and declares,
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send [it] unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
C. I go back to the verse in Timothy, "Great is the mystery of godliness, or the godhead."
II. "MAY GIVE TO YOU THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM."
A. No man by an intellectual quest can discover the fullness of God.
Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? Zophar
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].
B. The gap between the infinite God and the finite man is too great for the mind of man to span.
1. Thus it is impossible to start with a human base and reach the infinite God.
2. This is the weakness of all religious systems, and why they fail.
3. It is the attempt of man to know and understand God apart from revelation.
4. Many men with noble desires have sought to reach God, but the folly of the attempt is absurd when you stop to think at what man is attempting to do.
5. Man, poor man, so ignorant in that which he knows best.
a. There is so much of the finite things which we do not know or understand.
b. How much less our ability to comprehend the infinite God.
C. The Bible is God's revelation of Himself, but the natural man cannot even understand the Bible.
1. Jesus said to His disciples,
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
2. When talking to Nicodemus,
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
3. Verse 9 of this chapter, "Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure."
D. How can you begin to understand the Bible?
1. Ask God to give you understanding.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
2. Turn to God, and He has promised.
Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
3. By seeking the help of the Spirit.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.