Summary of passage: God has given all things to us and we can never repay Him. No one has ever given God anything. He needs nothing. He’s God!
12) Part personal Question. My answer: Everything. This planet. All we need to survive on this planet. A capacity to survive (our minds). Everything on this planet. Rule over this planet and the plants and animals created. Everything is from Him. Life and breath. Our place in time. God has given us his son to die for us so that we’ll have eternal life. Respond with gratefulness, praise, humility, a heart to do His will, a desire to not waste my life on earthly pursuits but on heavenly treasures. The greatest response is to do His will. Keep Him at the center of all you do and you’ll succeed.
13) Nothing. All He asks is our praise of Him.
14) This thought creeps in when you live a life of entitlement. When you think people or even God owes you for something. This life is a gift and treat it as such. No one owes you anything. God gave us life. He owes us nothing. It is us who owe him everything.
15) We were created (along with this universe) to praise Him. To live for Him. To give Him the glory. As the creator of the universe, God is the only one who can give us anything.
16) For His glory, honor, and power. God’s ultimate plan is for man to be redeemed and inhabit the earth with Jesus at the End Times–to spend all of eternity worshipping Him–through the blood of His Son.
Conclusions: Another good lesson on how we are God’s and how we only exist through Him. Hence, He deserves all of our praise and exaltation. Imagine our daily lives if we remembered our existence is only because of Him. How this would change the world!
End Notes: [Same as Yesterday’s]
Paul is reflecting upon God’s overarching plan for the ages and all of mankind. Paul realizes and states here how God’s ways are beyond men and we have no hope of figuring out His plan for the future. God’s wisdom and knowledge are beyond him.
You’ll never be able to repay God for all He’s done for you. His is a debt only Jesus can clear.
The plan is God’s. Only He can accomplish this plan. All for God’s glory, honor, and pleasure.
The fact that Paul can’t figure out God makes him glorify God all the more. When we understand some of the greatness of God, we worship Him all the more passionately.
Conclusions to Lesson 20: This is the BSF I know and love. Great study, questions, and reflection on some powerful verses in the Bible. We got to study the fundamentals of the Bible (why we were created) and our role in the world. A lesson we all need every few months to remind us we deserve nothing, God owes us nothing, and everything is from Him and through Him and to Him. Keep it up, BSF!