The Sovereignty of God

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

Millions of Christians embrace the concept of the sovereignty of God. We speak of God reigning over all things. God is in control and, in the words of R. C. Sproul, there are no maverick molecules. From the smallest event to the greatest event, God providentially guides all of history.

The Elder Affirmation of Faith of Bethlehem Baptist Church captures the meaning of God’s sovereignty:

a. 2.1 We believe in one living, sovereign, and all-glorious God, eternally existing in three infinitely excellent and admirable Persons: God the Father, fountain of all being; God the Son, eternally begotten, not made, without beginning, being of one essence with the Father; and God the Holy Spirit, proceeding in the full, divine essence, as a Person, eternally from the Father and the Son. Thus each Person in the Godhead is fully and completely God.

b. 3.1 We believe that God, from all eternity, in order to display the full extent of His glory for the eternal and ever-increasing enjoyment of all who love Him, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His will, freely and unchangeably ordain and foreknow whatever comes to pass.

But does the Bible teach that God is sovereign over all things? Here is a sampling of texts:

  1. Genesis 1:1—”In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”
  2. Job 42:2—“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.”
  3. Psalm 115:3—“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”
  4. Proverbs 16:33—“The lot is cast into the lap but its every decision is from the LORD.”
  5. Proverbs 21:1—“ The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”
  6. Isaiah 46:9b–10—”I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
  7. Daniel 4:25—“The Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.”
  8. Daniel 4:34–35—“His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ―What have you done?”
  9. Matthew 10:29—“ Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.”
  10. James 4:15—“Instead you ought to say, ―If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

My question this morning (for me and anyone reading this) is whether or not we love the idea of God’s sovereignty, or do we love God’s sovereignty? You can love the idea before truly loving the thing itself.  Search the Scriptures and see the sovereignty of God for yourself! Don’t love God’s sovereignty because John MacArthur and John Piper love it, love it because you see it in the Bible and have felt it personally.

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