Sovereignty

Posted: September 15, 2011 by doulos tou Theou in Biblical Theology, Christian Theology, Christianity, Discipleship, Uncategorized

First, the Bible reveals that God is omnipotent and omniscient. These are unconditional and categorical attributes. The sovereignty of God is the bedrock affirmation of biblical theism. The Creator rules over all creation. Not even a sparrow falls without His knowledge. He knows the number of hairs upon our heads. God rules and reigns over all nations and principalities. Not one atom or molecule of the universe is outside His active rule.

The sovereignty of God was affirmed by King Nebuchadnezzar, who confessed that God “does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’.” [Daniel 4:36] Process theologians have attempted to cut God’s power down to size, rendering the Creator as one power among others. The evangelical revisionists pushing open theism have attempted to cut God’s omniscience down to size, rendering Him as one mind among others.

Rabbi Harold Kushner argues that God is doing the best He can under the circumstances, but He lacks the power to either kill or cure. The openness theists argue that God is always ready with Plan B when Plan A fails. He is infinitely resourceful, they stress, just not really sovereign.

These are roads we dare not take, for the God of the Bible causes the rising and falling of nations and empires, and His rule is active and universal.

Limited sovereignty is no sovereignty at all.

-Al Mohler

read the whole sermon here

Comments
  1. DCorpus says:

    I have a question for you regarding the Sovereignty of God. Are you saying that God controls all things? If so, does this mean that God causes all things whether good or bad? When someone commits murder, do you believe that God caused that to happen? When children who have no food or proper health care, do you believe that God caused this to happen?

  2. doulos tou Theou says:

    @ DCorpus

    Thanks for taking the time to read & respond.
    This is going to be a little long for a comment section. You can check out this blog post

    http://effectualgrace.com/2012/02/14/is-god-the-author-of-sin-jonathan-edwards-answer/

    and this article

    http://monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/katrina.html?vobId=801&pm=114

    for some helpful thoughts as well.

    And just want to make sure you notice it’s a quote from Dr. Mohler and not mine, although I don’t disagree with anything in this quote. This part of his article is what really jumped out to me, “Limited sovereignty is no sovereignty at all”.

    Not knowing you relationship with Jesus, I would say that this doctrine of the sovereignty of God is very comforting for believers.

    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ” rom 8.28

    To your question, I actually think you have two, because they are separate things. I’m not sure if being in control automatically makes you the cause of an event.

    Example, ( its limited in extent), I work at a restaurant and am responsible (in control) of the building and its contents when I’m on duty. If a cook burns a steak I didn’t cause this to happen, but I still try to bring about something good that lets the customer have a good experience.

    Also, we need to make sure and understand that good and bad are objective truths and not subjective, otherwise the discussion get lost on definitions.

    1. does God control all things?

    Yes

    Joh 1:3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

    Mat 11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

    Mat 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.

    Rom 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things.

    1Co 15:27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.”

    Col 1:16-17 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

    There’s so much more I’d encourage you to search the scriptures to see them.

    2. Does God cause all things?

    Not in such a way that makes Him the creator of evil. But, I would say God He is not caught of guard by any event good or bad.

    Gen 50 ends with Joseph telling his brothers that, “you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

    This is his response after years earlier his brothers plotted his death, but sold him into slavery instead.

    Reading through the Bible you learn of God raising leaders for Gods glory, raising armies to be used to punish people, controlling weather events, animals and solar activity.

    And by far to me the cross is the lens to assess and ponder the sovereignty of the LORD.

    From the post : “The sovereignty of God is the bedrock affirmation of biblical theism. The Creator rules over all creation. Not even a sparrow falls without His knowledge. He knows the number of hairs upon our heads. God rules and reigns over all nations and principalities. Not one atom or molecule of the universe is outside His active rule.”

    If not true God sent the Son only hoping nothing would happen to Him until the day of the cross, hoping a random animal didn’t kill Jesus before His appointed time. Hoping no robbers, storms, armies,…etc would end the life of Jesus & ruining His plan. A plan written “before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain”.

    When someone commits murder, do you believe that God caused that to happen?

    The crucifixion of Jesus is the worst and the greatest event in history, and the scriptures tell us that God planned it,(“this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God,”),allowed,( “you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.”), and made this event happen so that (“This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God… Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” …..

    “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed’–
    for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.”

    Acts Chp 2 & 4

    which makes John 3.16 amazing!

    blessings

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