Highly Flammable: God Can Rescue (Week 3)
Highlighted passage that we are unpacking: Daniel 3:16-17
Four questions that help us to understand more about God's ability to rescue:
1. How do we know God can rescue?
God is Sovereign. Sovereignty means that God is in control of all of his creation. He is all-powerful. Nothing is impossible with God, because God is above all things.
Two aspects of God's Sovereignty:
i. Transcendent otherness: God is beyond us. He is over and above the creation. He is not dependent on the creation to be God. His throne is in heaven and the earth is his footstool (Isaiah 66:1).
ii. Immanent nearness: God is at work within his creation. Though he is above that which he has created, he is at work in that which he has created.
Because of these two things, we know that God can rescue. Our God is Sovereign above all things. He can rescue because he is both above and beyond his creation, yet he is immanent in that he works intimately in his creation.
2. In what ways does God rescue?
A miracle is God changes a set of circumstances that were deemed as unchangeable. A miracle is not God's intervention because this would imply his absence or distance from the situation (deism).
A decree is when God speaks forth his words and they set into motion that which he has spoken. We see this in the creation of the world (Genesis 1). God can still decree our rescue and it will set into motion the changes that are necessary.
3. How can we evoke God's rescuing action?
Prayer changes how God acts. God has ordained that the prayers of his people will shape how the world we be.
Living a life of faithfulness means to live a life devoted, loyal, and obedient to Jesus Christ. Faithfulness is not church attendance, its moment by moment relationship to the Savior.
4. Why does God rescue?
i. God rescues to point us to the reality of the Kingdom's advancement.
ii. God rescues to bring himself greater glory.
iii. God rescues because of his love and compassion for his children.
Ultimately, if you want to know if God can rescue you from your circumstances and trials, look no further than the cross. For the cross of Jesus Christ is the greatest demonstration of God's ability to rescue.