Study Material

Divine Objectives                          Class  3

Précis: To illustrate God’s objectives for mankind; engender a desire to experience God’s prospects for life; provide tools for achieving His purposes for our lives.

Text: Jeremiah 10:23; 29:11

Introduction:

There is probably no greater anguish than the pain resulting from a relationship which has no fellowship. Marital estrangement is a primary example of the agony experienced by those who have the responsibility of kinship with no fraternity. Such was the case of a couple who lived in our neighborhood. They had been married for years but lived totally separate lives together in the same house. He went his way doing his thing, and she hers.

One cold evening he went to the back yard to cut some firewood for the fireplace. His wife never concerned herself when he didn’t return in a reasonable time frame. It was four days later that she decided to get the wood herself. When she went to the back yard, she discovered his decomposing body by the woodpile. He had suffered a heart attack and died. There was no one at home who cared!

Every parent knows the pain of relationship without fellowship. A wayward child brings no joy to his parents. Certainly King David knew this. In 2 Samuel 15-18 we read the story of Absalom’s conspiracy to usurp his father’s kingdom and defile his wives. David fled to the hills where he could hide in safety. Here he remained in exile for several years. God’s purposes however, can never be thwarted. In God’s time David’s Kingdom was restored to him, but at a great price; the death of his son and the estrangement of his wives. When word was brought to him that his son died in a battle as a result of a freak accident, his grief was overwhelming.

And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!

   (2 Sam. 18:33)

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. (Jer. 10:23)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11)

Lesson: Divine Objectives

3.1 Relationship

1. Born of divine seed – Galatians 3:29 {sper’-mah}

2. Born of God – John 1:13 {al-lah’ ex theh’-os}

3. Partakers of divine nature – 2 Peter 1:3-4 {koy-no-nos’} partner, sharer

4. No other conclusion but that we are born again with divine genetics

3.2 Fellowship

1. Called to fellowship of His Son – 1 Cor. 1:9 {koy-nohn-ee’-ah} intimacy

2. Fellowship is with the Father – 1 John 1:3 {koy-nohn-ee’-ah} co-joint

3. Our Lord desires a lover – 2 Cor. 11:2 {dzay-lo’-o} boil with envy, desire

4. He lusts to envy – James 4:5 {ep-ee-poth-eh’-o} greatly desires, pursues

3.3 Results of a relationship with fellowship

1. Kingdom citizenship – Ephesians 2:4-10

2. Spiritual blessings in the heavenlies – Ephesians 1:3

3. Translated into His Kingdom – Colossians 1:13-14

4. Granted the exceeding greatness of His power – Ephesians 1:15; 2:11

3.4 A passport for successful living

1. The Kingdom of God is at hand – Matthew 3:2; 4:17; 10:7

2. Passport To Successful Living – 32 Divine Affirmations

3. E.g. “Emmett” the loser

4. I AM – YAHWEH (YHWY) – Exodus 3:14; Philippians 4:13