The Marvelous Doings of Jehovah

TEXT: Psa. 118:22-24; Matt. 21:42

INTRODUCTION:

A. OUR TEXTS REFER TO THE EXALTATION OF THE REJECTED CHRIST.

1. Marvelous, thaumastos, "wonderful, Öworthy of pious admiration Öpassing human comprehension Ö extraordinary" Ė Thayer.

2. Much of what God has done is Wonderful and passes our ability to comprehend.

B. THE INVENTIONS OF MEN MIGHT BE SAID TO BE MARVELOUS.

1. Computer technology.

2. The St. Louis Arch, built from both ends meeting perfectly in the middle.

3. Man on the moon is a small thing Ė but a marvelous thing.

C. ALL OF MANíS ACCOMPLISHMENTS PALE NEXT TO WHAT GOD HAS DONE.

1. Consider the creation of one day (Psa. 118:24). More to it than the sun coming up.

2. Consider the plan of salvation and all that opposed it.

3. What accomplishment of man comes close?

D. Isa. 12:4-6. WE ARE TOLD TO "DECLARE HIS DOINGS" (Psa. 66:5; 77:12).

WHAT ARE THE DOINGS OF GOD?

I. HE MADE THE WORLD.

A. "IN THE BEGINNING Ö"(Gen. 1:1; Heb. 11:3).

B. HE NOT ONLY MADE IT, BUT HE CONTROLS IT (Acts 17:24-28).

C. IT IS HIS PARTICULAR HANDIWORK (Psa. 19:1; Rom. 1:21).

For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. - Psalm 33:9

II. HE MADE MAN (Psa. 139:13-16; Job 10:8-12).

A. MAN WAS MADE FROM THE LOWEST ELEMENT (Gen. 2:7).

B. BUT HE WAS MADE IN GODíS IMAGE (Gen. 1:26; Acts 17:28-29).

C. MANíS SMALLNESS AND GODíS FAVOR RAISES A QUESTION (Psa. 8:3-9).

D. IT BEHOVES US TO SEEK OUT AND FULFILL OUR PURPOSE (Ecc. 12:13-14).

III. HE GAVE US THE BIBLE (1 Thess. 2:13).

A. THE SCRIPTURES ARE INSPIRED OF GOD (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

B. THE PROCESS OF INSPIRATION IS DESCRIBED (1 Cor. 2:10-13).

C. THE OUTCOME IS THAT WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST (1 Cor. 2:16).

1. Jude 3. There is no need for latter day revelation (2 Pet. 1:3; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

2. Our understanding is made possible by our reading (Eph. 3:3-4).

3. It is sinful to go beyond that which is written (1 Cor. 4:6; 2 John 9).

IV. HE GAVE US THE CHURCH (Eph. 3:21).

A. ALL THE FORCES OF SATAN WERE THROWN UP AGAINST IT.

1. Described as War in Heaven (Rev. 12:7-10).

2. Jesus was killed but Hades couldnít hold him (Act 2:22-24).

3. Death could not stop him from building the church (Matt. 16:18).

B. GODíS WISDOM MADE KNOW THROUGH THE CHURCH (Eph. 3:10-11).

C. IN THE CHURCH IS THE FULNESS OF CHRIST (Eph. 1:22-23).

D. IT IS PRECIOUS TO HIM (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25-27).

E. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES! (Psa. 127:1; Matt. 15:13).

V. HE GAVE US THE CROSS OF CHRIST (Gal. 6:14; 1 Cor. 1:18).

A. REMEMBER THAT MAN IS SPECIAL TO GOD (Gen. 1:26; Acts 17:28-29).

B. BUT MAN HAS SINNED (Rom. 3:23 è 6:23). The wages of sin is death!

C. GOD WANTS ALL TO BE SAVED (2 Pet. 3:9), BUT JUSTICE DEMANDS DEATH!

D. THE CROSS, WHERE LOVE AND JUSTICE MEET (Rom. 3:23-26).

1. Justified by the redemption in Christís blood.

2. Why? To show Godís righteousness in justifying the guilty (vs. 26-27).

E. WHAT MUST I DO TO SHARE WITH JESUS IN HIS DEATH? (Rom. 6:3-4, 7).

I MUST BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST!

CONCLUSION:

A. THERE IS ONE MORE MARVELOUS DOING OF GOD.

B. HEAVEN (Rev. 21:1-5).

C. DONíT YOU WANT TO GO THERE WITH US?

Jim Sasser