LISTEN: How Does God Work in the World? Part 2; Theology of the Synoptics, Part 7 (The Study of God #40 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Let’s start out reading the Word of God Itself. Today’s passage of Scripture is Romans 6:23 which reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Samuel Rutherford Quotes. He said: “Think it not hard if you get not your will, nor your delights in this life; God will have you to rejoice in nothing but Himself.”

Our first topic for today is titled “How Does God Work in the World? (Part 2)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day.” It is available on our website for just $25.

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes…

Answers differ to questions such as these: How does God govern the world? To what extent does He control people and the events of history?

Two classical theological systems need to be introduced at this point: Calvinism and Arminianism. These agree in most areas but disagree on a few very significant matters, namely, providence and predestination (which is really a subcategory of providence).

Briefly stated, Calvinists believe that God meticulously controls His creation down to the details. Arminians believe that God controls in a more general way that allows for genuine human free will. Lately, this issue has been thought of in terms of “divine risk.” Calvinism maintains no risk; God accomplishes His will perfectly and completely. Arminianism holds that God takes a risk in the sense that He allows humans to act contrary to His will, such that His will may not be perfectly accomplished. By the way, the ideas behind both belief systems were around long before the theologians they are named after.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.


Our second topic for today is titled “Theology of the Synoptics (Part 7)” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase a copy of this book — “The Moody Handbook of Theology.” It is available on our website for just $50.

— Introduction to Synoptic Theology: Luke

Author. External evidence is strong in affirming Luke the physician as the author of the third Gospel. The Muratorian Canon reports that Luke, a physician and traveling companion of Paul, traced the matters and compiled a Gospel of Christ’s Life. lrenaeus also testified: “Then Luke, the follower of Paul, recorded in a book the Gospel as it was preached by him.” Clement of Alexandria and Origen also ascribe authorship to Luke.

Date. The date of the writing of Luke is intertwined with the writing of Acts. Acts was probably written in A.D. 63 because the book closes abruptly, describing Paul’s imprisonment, whereas his release, which occurred in A.D. 63, is not mentioned. The statement of Acts 1:1 indicates that the Gospel of Luke was written before Acts. Luke probably wrote near the end of his time in Palestine, perhaps between A.D. 58 and 60.

Audience. Although Luke addressed his Gospel to Theophilus, this was probably a dedication; a Gentile audience is undoubtedly in view as Luke’s audience. Because of Paul’s three missionary journeys there was a great need for a gospel distinct from the others, aimed particularly for the Greek mind. There is considerable evidence for a Greek audience. (1) The genealogy of Jesus is traced to Adam, the father of the entire human race, rather than to a Jewish patriarch. (2) Fulfilled prophecies occur in the sayings of Christ addressed to the Jews, not as narrative apologetics as in Matthew. (3) Jewish terminology, such as “rabbi,” is avoided. (4) Greek names are substituted for Hebrew names.

Theological Purpose. Luke has a cosmopolitan emphasis, stressing the universality of the Gospel and that Jesus is the Redeemer of the world. This is emphasized through linking the genealogy of Jesus with Adam, the common ancestor of all mankind. This emphasis is particularly seen in Luke’s use of parables. “Admission to the Kingdom is open to Samaritans and pagans as well as to Jews; to publicans, sinners and outcasts as well as to respectable people; to the poor as well as to the rich; and to women as well as to men.” This stresses the purpose for Luke’s writing: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

In our next episode, we will continue looking at the Theology of the Synoptics.

Let’s Pray —

Before we close, dear friend, I want to remind you that while it is important to engage in the study of God, it is far more important that you have a relationship with God. I fear that there are a lot of people who will die knowing a lot about God, but not really knowing God. You don’t want to be one of those people.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, and you want to get to know Him today here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you until we meet again.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.