7. The New Humanity

INTRODUCTION

In the opening pages of the Bible, God appoints humans to rule the world on his behalf. But when they rebel, the biblical story leads us on a search for a new humanity that will be God’s faithful partners, forever. This is the plot conflict of the biblical story that leads to Jesus, and we explore it in this final and seventh episode of our Spiritual Being series.

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6. The Satan and Demons

Spiritual Beings

Theme: 6. The Satan and Demons

Summerstrand 1 September 2019 18:30

INTRODUCTION

The storyline of the Bible presents a populated spiritual world, full of creatures who are in rebellion against their Creator, just like humans. Let’s look at the video for episode six of our series to learn more about the powers of spiritual evil in the story of the Bible.

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5. The Angel of the Lord

INTRODUCTION

Just to recap. We are at session five of our series on Spiritual Beings:

  1. Spiritual Beings – introduction: we are not alone.
  2. Elohim – God is not alone.
  3. Divine Council – there is communication between God and Spiritual Beings, also between heaven and earth.
  4. Angels and Cherubim (and Seraphim) – they praise God and fulfil roles as messengers and missionaries for God.

Today we will look at a special angel, the Angel of the Lord.

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4. Angels and Cherubim

Spiritual Beings

Theme: 4. Angels and Cherubim

Summerstrand 18 August 2019 18:30

INTRODUCTION

I begin with an overview of the essence and work of angels, cherubim and seraphim. Then I will focus on Acts 12 where an angel’s exceptional involvement in the life and ministry of Peter is told, as well as the manner in which an angel killed Herod because he did not honour God.

My focus is: “And the chains fell off his hands”. This story attest to the reality of angels and the power of prayer.

VIDEO

Video on the Angels and Cherubim

Watch the video Angels and Cherubim – 58,7 MB

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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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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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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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Spiritual Beings – series of seven sermons begins Sunday 18:30

Two Realms

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.

Spiritual Beings

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

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

  1. Spiritual Beings – 21 July – this Sunday
  2. Elohim – 4 August (we skip a week due to Missions Sunday with the Brinks)
  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
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