Sermon notes – Pastor Milton Vincent – Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
June 6, 2010
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A note from Terrie: These are my notes taken during our church service on Sunday mornings. I will do my best to represent each sermon faithfully and post by Wednesday evening. Please keep in mind that these notes are just that, notes, and are a condensed version of the sermon. My prayer is that not only will these posts help me to think about God’s Word and how to apply it to my life, but that each post will encourage others to do the same.
Behold your God! To behold God is to gaze intently at Him, to “stare” at Him. It’s perfectly acceptable to stare at God. God commands us to stare at Him (Hebrews 12:2). Our goal in staring is to learn. We need to stare at God. World events and the uncertainty and troubles that surround us demand it. Our transformation depends upon it (2 Cor. 3:18). Our very souls demand it.
SIX TRUTHS WE CAN OBSERVE BY STARING AT GOD THROUGH THE LENSE OF I TIMOTHY 6:15b-16
1. He is the ultimate and only Sovereign (v. 15).
He is the “monos-dynasty,” the King of “kinging ones” and the Lord of “lording ones.” What does this mean?
– God is in control over every detail. There is not one maverick molecule in the entire universe.
– All other kings and lords derive their power from God. (See Daniel 2:20-21; 4:32.) They all serve God’s ultimate purpose which is the unveiling of His Son in the ultimate climax of human history (Prov. 21:1).
– No one affects our lives unless God allows it and uses it for our ultimate good (John 19:10-11).
– WALK IN THAT ASSURANCE!
2. He is a happy Sovereign (v. 15).
He is the blessed and only Sovereign. Blessed = Happy.
– Happy in His position
– Happy to do His will
– No one can stop His hand (Daniel 4:35).
– Psalm 135:6; 115:3; Is. 46:9-10
– No one can begin to understand the emotional complexities of God’s character, but at His very core He is happy, pleased. Even in the death of His own Son. Not that He did not experience pain in it, but “…it pleased the Lord to bruise Him…” (Is. 53:10). Even our Lord Jesus in the midst of the pain of the crucifixion “…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (Heb. 12:2). The Lord was pleased in the midst of His pain to pursue the ultimate result of His death on the cross, bringing Glory to His Father.
– As we look at God, it should also bring us joy. (See John 15:11; Psalm 16:11.)
3. He is the only possessor of immortality (v. 16).
Death is at work in us. We are not the same as we were ten years ago. But God is the same, yesterday, today, forever. Any other immortality is a derived immortality and God is the only One who can give it.
4. He dwells in unapproachable light (v. 16).
You…who cover Yourself with light as with a garment…(Psalm 104:2)
– Our God dwells in unapproachable light. God denies the sinner (those apart from Christ) the ability to approach His light.
– To some He will say, “…I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:23b)
– Also see Rev. 22:15
– In Heaven we will not have to deal with the sin of others, nor our own indwelling sin.
5. He is not visible to our weak and finite eyes (v. 16).
– No man has seen God, nor does any man have the ability to see God.
– There are levels throughout Biblical revelation when men have “seen” God. But no man can see Him in the fulness of His Glory and live.
– God is so great He cannot be seen by these finite, human, fallen eyes.
– Just as our human eyes cannot bear to look directly at the sun, we cannot bear to look fully at God.
– But, in heaven we will behold Him! (Rev. 22:4-5)
6. He is the only One worthy of eternal honor and dominion (v. 16).
– He deserves it all!
– He deserves all dominion. If we behold God, we will understand that He deserves all honor and rule over us and everything else forever.
There is an exclusivity to these verses in I Timothy 15b-16. Not only is Paul saying something about who our God is, he is also saying much about every other “god.”
…He who is the blessed and ONLY Sovereign, the KING of kings and LORD of lords, who ALONE possesses immortality and dwells in UNAPPROACHABLE light, whom NO man has seen or can see. To HIM be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.*