Letter 1, Chapter 1

RE: Chart of 21 concepts in Chapter 1 of SQ2. 

Dear Tom,

As we have previously discussed, I will try to shed some light on the questions that were raised. I will try to address them one at a time with some short explanatory notes.

Chapter 1 ends with the scripture reference from Romans 1:18-20 and the chart of 21 concepts. I must admit that the chart is a bit much to swallow at one time. Those concepts come from my personal study of scripture and intuitive logic that seemed to me to be very foundational in our understanding of an All-Wise Creator. If God is Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Sovereign of Heaven and Earth, He is prepared for any thing that might negatively impact His creative efforts. Each of these concepts address a particular area to which He must respond. The concepts fall into three general groups. 

For example, concepts that illustrate God’s Holiness are 1, 2, 10, 14, 17, 20 and 21. A second set of concepts illustrate God’s fore knowledge of human areas of weakness that affect purity. Those concepts are 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, and 19. The third set of concepts highlight God’s response to a process that brings impurity to His creative efforts. These are 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 18. Each set of concepts highlights a function that must be understood.

The relevance of these concepts are to showcase Our Sovereign Lord’s ability to address any question or action that results from an unwillingness of any created being to submit to the will of an almighty God. To step out of God’s Will is to step into disobedience. As His Creation, we have a choice. If we choose against Him, we will suffer. That is why He put into place His way of redemption. If a wrong willful choice is made and realized, He has provided the means to overcome such mistakes. They must be acknowledged, provision recognized and right standing made with a Holy God. Right standing is acquired only by acknowledging the sacrifice of His Son’s death on the Cross. 

I know that this explanation just barely scratches the surface of what these concepts cover. However, it is a starting point. As a teacher, you know full well that questions are the starting point for discussion and understanding. You have a sharp mind and I know that you will want more answers. Let’s dialogue some more and see what develops.

 Next email, I will try to address another of your questions about other chapters and subjects.   

 Grace, JR   

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