There Is One God and Father of All (Ephesians 4:4-6)
1.In Ephesians 4:4-6, seven very special subjects are listed. 2.In our lesson we are focusing our attention on the "one God and Father of all" mentioned in vs.6.
A.This is where we need to begin because: 1.the Holy Spirit is called "God" (Acts 5:3-4) 2.Christ is called "God" (John 1:1, 14). B.In vs.6, the "one God" under consideration is the "Father."
A.First, He is the Father "of all," including Jews and Gentiles (Romans 3:29-30). B.Second, He is "above all." 1.The Father is in heaven. a.(Matthew 6:9) "Our Father which art in heaven." b.(Matthew 23:9) "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." 2.(Isaiah 40:22) God sits "upon the circle of the earth." C.Third, He is "through all, and in you all." 1.A similar statement is found in 1 Corinthians 8:6. 2.God is through all and in all because He created everything (Genesis 1). 3.God created man "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27).
A.Good advice is given in Psalm 46:10 -- "Be still, and know that I am God." B.Listen to the heavens and the great objects in the heavens (Psalm 19:1-6). 1.The sun, the moon, and the stars have a message for us. 2.Their message can be heard in any language. 3.The great objects in the heavens "declare the glory of God." C.What about the person who denies that God exists? (see Psalm 14:1)
A.(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Solomon realized: 1.what is important -- fearing God and keeping His commandments (vs.13) 2.why it is so important -- everyone will face God in judgment (vs.14). B.(Acts 17:22-31) In Athens, Paul taught that: 1.there is one true God 2.God cannot be compared to any image 3.God requires everyone to repent 4.God has appointed a day of judgment. C.(Luke 15:7, 10, 20-24) Jesus showed how the Father feels when a sinner repents.
1.This evening we will cover some additional information revealed in the Bible concerning the "one God and Father of all." 2.Psalm 46 shows how "God is our refuge."