3. Divine Council

Spiritual Beings

Theme: 3. Divine Council

Summerstrand 11 August 18:30

INTRODUCTION

We are not alone!

To recap

1. In the beginning God created two realms, the heavens and the earth. This is the setting for the story of the Bible.

We are more familiar with the human and earthly side of it. But there is another set of characters, the spiritual beings of the heavenly realm who also take part in this earthly story.

God is not alone!

2. One category of spiritual beings is the Elohim. They attest to the fact that we live in a god-congested universe. We focussed on two types of Elohim, the gods of the nations, and the gods of religion. And we heard that God is above those Elohim, He is the Elohim of the Elohim. As Paul says:

“For although there are many that that are called gods in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many gods and many lords) – yet for us there is One God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (1 Cor 8:5-6)

3. There is a fascinating group of Spiritual Beings that is called the Divine Council. Let’s look at the third of our videos on the Spiritual Beings.

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Vertrou dat God luister – Nehemia 1:1-2:8

Miskien het jy die video van komediant DJ Pryor met sy 19 maande ou seun gesien: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn8j4XRxSck.

DJ is natuurlik briljant deurdat hy sin maak van sy seun se brabbeltaal. En dit in ‘n betekenisvolle gesprek verander. Die seuntjie beïndruk ‘n mens ook met sy gebare en konneksie met sy pa en die kamera. Maar, dit bly brabbeltaal!

Dit het my laat dink oor gebed, en dat iets daarvan ook in ons gebede gebeur. Dat God sin maak van ons brabbeltaal, omdat ons in ‘n verhouding is met Hom. Dat Hy reageer op ons gebare vanuit die konneksie met ons.

HIER VOLG DIE HELE EREDIENS

Download English translation: Trust God to listen – Nehemiah 1

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2. Elohim

Spiritual Beings

Theme: 2. Elohim

Summerstrand 18:30 4 August

INTRODUCTION

We are not alone!

To recap

In the beginning God created two realms, the heavens and the earth. This is the setting for the story of the Bible.

We are more familiar with the human and earthly side of it. But there is another set of characters, the spiritual beings of the heavenly realm who also take part in this earthly story.

Let’s look at the second of our videos on the Spiritual Beings.

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Verkondig met vrymoedigheid – Handelinge 4:23-31

Die Christen straatprediker Oluwole Ilesanmi is onlangs gearresteer in London, omdat hy die evangelie verkondig het. Die polisie het die Bybel uit sy hand uit geruk en hom kilometers ver daarvandaan afgelaai, sonder geld en sonder sy Bybel. Net omdat hy die evangelie in die openbaar op ‘n straathoek verkondig het.

Oluwole het wel ‘n week terug sy saak gewen teen Scotland Yard, met die ondersteuning van die organisasie Christian Concern, en hulle het hom ‘n paar pond gegee vir sy onregmatige arrestasie.

Die vraag is egter of hy dit weer sal doen. En ander straatpredikers?

Wat sou jy doen?

Dit is ‘n situasie waarin die eerste gemeente hulle ook bevind het.

Hulle was al ‘n gemeente van 5 000 lidmate wat ‘n groeiende impak op Jerusalem gehad het, waar wonderwerke amper daagliks gebeur het. Hulle het in die tempel gepreek. Op die strate gepraat.

Skielik word hulle leiers egter in die tronk gegooi. Hulle publieke stem word brutaal stilgemaak. Hulle word beveel om op geen manier hoegenaamd verder oor Jesus in die openbaar te praat of mense te onderrig in die evangelie nie. Nie in die tempel nie. Nie op die strate nie.

Die gevaar was groot dat almal glossofobie ontwikkel – die vrees waaraan een uit elke vier mense lei – die vrees om in die openbaar te praat.

Wat gaan hulle nou doen?

HIER VOLG DIE HELE EREDIENS:

English translation: Proclaim boldly

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1. Spiritual Beings

Spiritual Beings

Theme: 1. Spiritual Beings

Summerstrand 18:30 21 July

INTRODUCTION

We are not alone!

God created two overlapping realms, the heavens and the earth

In the beginning God created two realms, the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1). This is the setting for the story of the Bible. In the garden of Eden humans squandered their chance to rule the earth on God’s behalf and lost their access to this paradise because of their foolish rebellion against God’s will (Gen 3). This is the earthly part of the story we are quite familiar with.

But there is another set of characters, the spiritual beings of the heavenly realm who also take part in this earthly story. These two realms, the heavens and the earth, overlap. With that part of the story we are not so familiar.

We are not alone!

Plus, there are deep misunderstandings of what the Bible actually teaches about these spiritual beings.

We will look in our series of seven sermons amongst others at the “host of heaven”, as Genesis 2:1 calls the sun, moon, and the stars that were created to rule over the day and the night (Gen 1:14-19). These heavenly bodies are real but also double up as symbols of real spiritual beings. The same goes for the snake in Genesis 3 who is both a real snake as well as a representative of a real spiritual being (Rev 12:9; 20:2).

Series of seven sermons

We are going to look at the following spiritual characters in the Bible:

  1. Spiritual Beings – 21 July
  2. Elohim – 4 August
  3. Divine Council – 11 August
  4. Angels and Cherubim – 18 August
  5. Angel of the Lord – 25 August
  6. The Satan and Demons – 1 September
  7. The New Humanity – 8 September

The series will focus on a lot of content out of the Bible. Maybe stuff that you have never heard of. Maybe stuff that you have forgotten of.

This content is absolutely necessary. We have to grow in knowledge before we will be able to understand, and engage, and live the life God has called us to. Before we will be able to trust God for the life He has called us to.

We have to know the what before we can get to the how.

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Kommentaar en navrae

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    Dean van Wyk

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    Baie dankie Rethie vir hierdie inspirerende boodskap. Ek is oorspronklik van PE en woon nou 20jaar lank in PTA.
    In my stiltetyd vanoggend het ek Fil 2:12b-13 gelees en dit kan net deur die Gees van God wees dat ek op hierdie preek afgekom het.

    God seën jou bediening en geniet die see( ek beny julle).

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dankie Hansie. Die Here is goed vir ons.

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    Hansie

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    Dankie Chris. Lanklaas so ‘n geestelik verrykende erediens bygewoon. Ek is skoon opgewonde. Alle seen vorentoe.

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    Chris van Wyk

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    Dankie Boeta!

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    AntonvanWyk

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    Baie duidelik. Pragtige versterkende boodskap