Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
June 4, 2017 at 9:45 AM
Subject
The Finite Underneath the Infinite
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The Finite Underneath the Infinite

The Finite Underneath the Infinite

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and
the firmament sheweth his handiwork.” ( Psalm 19:1 ).

We are here assembled to worship the Almighty

and exalted God. The Sunday of this worship embraces

several firsts, some of which are: First Sunday of mid year

month of 2017, First Sunday following school closings and
graduation. First Sunday following the Annual Memorial

Day Observation, and First Sunday before the start of Annual

Vacation at Bible School here at Institutional First Baptist

Church.

This year 2017 has been one of several historical

events some of which wrought major disrupting changes

in many lives. Two of the referenced episodes occurred

in the month of January, one on the 2nd and the other on the

20th. The first was a tornado and the 2nd was a change in

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presidential leadership. Each has caused stress and strain

on many of the Nation’s inhabitants. Recognizing the near

helpless ability of humankind to change, modify, or

eradicate the impact of January 2nd and 20th, the sermon

for today was prepared to offer some succor for us human

beings; it was entitled, The Finite Underneath the Infinite.

It will be undergirded by the following three questions,

namely – what is man?, who is God? and what is the

relationship between the two?

Prior to delving into these three questions, attention

will be focused on the two words included in the subject;

they are Finite and Infinite. The word, finite, denotes

something that will ultimate fade or pass away. With

regard to humanity and all other forms of living beings –

all shall one day cease to exist. Finite, thus, denotes

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an impending termination. In contrast, Infinite denotes

something that has no ending, will last forever, and within

the religious context is eternal. In a brief contrast of the

terms, infinite denotes an ultimate end whereas infinite

describes everlasting. The contrast can, also, be viewed

by the words: man ( finite ) – “ A time to be born and a time

to die” ( Eccl. 3:2 ) and God ( infinite ). – “ I am he that

liveth, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.”

(Rev. 1:18 ).

Having defined the concepts finite and infinite,

attention will be directed to the dimensions of the sermon,

the first of which is – What is man?. Humankind has

pondered this question throughout history. As humankind

evolved and became literate, it commenced not only to

ponder but to write its views. In the process of time this
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question of what is man became polarized by two theories;

they became known as Evolution and Creation. The

evolution was conceptualized by Charles Darwin. His

theory is found in the book he authored entitle, The Theory

of Evolution. Therein he hypothesized that human kind

evolved from a lower form of animal life. This theory is the

basis that undergirds the Theory of Evolution.

The opposing explanation for the origin of man is found

in the Bible; it is known The Divine Creation; it is found in

the Bible and has withstood both criticisms and the annals

of time. A few Scriptures are herein cited to support

Creation over Evolution. “And God said, let us make man in

our own image…” ( Gen. 1:26 ), “ What is man, that thou art

mindful of him…For thou hast made him… ( Ps. 8:4 ).

This divine fact leads to the second aspect of the

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sermon which is Who is God? Notice the reference word,

who is used rather than what it God. Hence, God should

be envision as a being rather than an object. The Bible is

replete with citations regarding the nature, functions,

powers and duration of God. Within the seminary, we were

taught that God is a prior, eternal, absolute, omnipotent,

omnipresent, omniscient, and eternal.

Admittedly, there have been and yet are a multiplicity

of views, assumptions, and even theories regarding God.

The most negative view is known as atheism; it denies the

reality or existence. In the meantime, the Bible asserts

in Psalm 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart There is no

God…).

But thanks be to God that one warning is over

shadowed by the numerous biblical references to the

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realities and powers. Attention will now be drawn to just

a few of them: “ In the beginning God created the heaven

and.” ( Gen. 1:1 ), “And God said, Let us make man in our

image…” ( Gen. 1:26 ), “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT

I AM…” ( Exodus 3:14 ), “The heavens declare the glory of

God: and the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his

handiwork.”, ( Ps. 19:1 ), “ God is a Spirit and they that

worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. ( John

4:24 ).

This glorious assertion leads to the final part of the

sermon which is what is the relationship between man and

God. Within the personal context the question becomes

What is the relationship between you and God?

There are countless views, opinions, theories, and

personal generalities existing regarding an individual’s

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perception of God, the Infinite Being. No attempt is herein

made to list all of them. Instead, the discussion will be

restricted a few of them. The most negative, yet clearly

stipulate one is known as Atheism. This term denotes,

“a disbelief or lack of belief in God”. In contrast atheist

is the theist. This term denotes, “the belief in one God as

creator and ruler of the universe…”. Between these two

terms ( Atheism and Theism ) are numerous pragmatic

views of God, some of which: a Being to be worshiped on

a certain day, time, and place; a Spiritual EMT to be sought

in time of crises; a Divine source for strength in critical

situations, and an Appropriate Subject for conversion when

amidst “Church folk.”

Well, beloved, the somber fact is having a knowledge

of the Infinite, being conversant in expectations regarding

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expectations of the faith and, yet, not believing in the

existence of God is insufficient to please God. Remember,

Hebrews 11:6 where it is recorded “…he that comes to God

must be that he is, and that he is a rewarded of them that

diligently seek him”. There are additional requirements that

man ( the finite ) most possess and practice if he/she

desires to see God. They include – but are not limited to the

following: Faith – “ Now faith is the substance of things

hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”, Love –

1st John 4:7. – “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is

of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and

knoweth God”., Conversion (Baptism ) – If thou shalt confess

with thou mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt believe in

thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be

saved”.

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Lastly, the finite ( mankind ) is called upon to remain

committed throughout life ( FAITHFUL ) and in the end

he/she will received an eternal reward; this promised in

recorded in Revelation 2:10 “…be thou faithful unto death,

and I will give thee a crown of life”.

In closing, hopefully we have gained specific

knowledge on the finite ( mankind ) and the Infinite ( God).

The former is destine to die as noted in Eccl. 3:2 “ A time to

be born, and a time to die.”. The Infinite ( God ) is eternal

or everlasting as noted in Revelation 1:18 “I am he that

liveth, and was dead, and, behold, I am alive for evermore,

Amen.

 

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