Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 3 Study # 10
July 10, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<167> Thesis: The "blessing of God" boils down to His active intervention in our "death" to bring "life" into the mix. Introduction: When we look into the Scriptures, we are supposed to be on the lookout for "doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in godliness" because they have been given to make us capable of every good work (2 Timothy 3:16). The most important aspect of this process is that one which Paul calls "doctrine" because it is out of "doctrine" that all three of the other aspects of the process arise. And, the most important aspect of "doctrine" is the Theology of God that Scripture presents because it is out of the truth about God that all legitimate teaching will arise. Thus, as we turn our attention to Luke's record to Theophilus, our major concern is the picture of God that is generated by it. So, as we turn our attention this morning to the record of Simeon's words to God as recorded in Luke 2:29, our primary interest is the discovery of the truth about God that these words reveal so that we might better understand the God Who is the Father of those who believe.