Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 3 Study # 10
February 22, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<053> Thesis: The ultimate bottom line of faith is that God never speaks without omnipotence. Introduction: As we have worked our way through the conversation Gabriel had with Mary, we have seen a persistent theme in his words: the intention of giving her information that is preparatory for life. Life is an extremely complicated affair with myriads of specific details that are often shrouded in mystery. Not only are there a multitude of situations in the moments as they flow by us, there is also the reality that communication often breaks down because of the unspoken assumptions that exist in the minds of both speakers and hearers. To be sure, there are biblical answers to the vast majority of our questions, but our ignorance of the biblical content often leaves us without those answers. And, even when we have a fair grasp of the content, we yet often find ourselves surprised by God's actions because we have either forgotten what we know, or we have had a mental lapse in respect to how the content addresses our questions. In the face of these realities, our gracious God has done two things that work toward our great good. On the one hand, He has given us all of the answers we need in the details of His words to us so that answers are always available to us if we are persistent in the search; and, on the other hand, He has revealed, in the multitude of those words, certain key foundational principles that are what I call "generic" truth. By 'generic truth' I mean truth that is broad enough to give us a workable grasp of what God is like and will do even though we have no idea of the whats, whens, hows, and whys. "God is love" is one such 'generic truth'. We seldom understand what that means in specific detail, but we rest in the reality that love requires His pursuit of our best interests. Romans 8:28 is another one of those 'generic truths': we almost never understand except by hindsight how its truth is going to 'work', but we rest in the reality of the good He has promised. This morning we are going to look at one of these 'generic truths' that Gabriel gives Mary just before he departs. His statement is this: God never utters a word without backing it with omnipotence. We want to see why he leaves her with this 'deposit of truth' as he prepares to leave her.