The Sovereignty of God
Series: Seeing God as he wants you to see him
September 23, 2022
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This is what the LORD says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come— yes, let him foretell what will come. Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one. Isaiah 44:6–8
Why Worship This God?The
He is before all things. (Ps. 90:2; Col. 1:17; 1 Tim. 6:16; Rev. 1:8).
He created all things. (Gen. 1:1; John 1:3; Col. 1:16).
He upholds all things. (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3).
He is above all things. (Isa. 45:5–12; Eph. 4:6).
He knows all things. (Ps. 139:4, 6; Isa. 46:10).
He can do all things. (Jer. 32:27; Luke 1:37).
He accomplishes all things. (Isa. 14:24; 46:10; Eph. 1:11).
He rules over all things. (1 Chron. 29:11–12; Dan. 4:34–35).
He is in control of all things. (Job 2:3–6; Rom. 8:28).
What exactly is under God’s control ?
earthly kings (Prov. 21:1; Rev. 19:16)
human events (Ps. 33:9–11; Dan. 2)
good angels (Col. 1:15–16; Rev. 4:8)
Satan and fallen angels (Job 1:6; Eph. 1:21; Phil. 2:10)
human decisions (Acts 2:23; 13:48; Rom. 8:29–30; Eph. 1:11)
Sovereign: 1: above or superior to all others; chief; greatest; supreme 2: supreme in power, rank, or authority 3: of or holding the position of ruler; royal; reigning 4: independent of all others 5: excellent; outstanding—n. 1: a person who possesses sovereign authority or power; specifically, a monarch or ruler.
How Has God Revealed His Sovereignty?
- Through His Titles
- Through His Promises
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
- Through History
- Through Fulfilled Prophecy
Through Jesus Christ, the Messiah
God’s Sovereignty Raises Two Questions
If God is really in control and above all things, sovereign over all of history’s circumstances, why does he allow evil, pain, and suffering
If God is sovereign over all people and events in history, doesn’t that make a sham of human responsibility?
II. How Do We Respond to a Sovereign God?
- Bow before the King of the universe.
- Believe that everything that has entered your life—any circumstance or relationship—has been divinely allowed or decreed by him to work it out for your good.
Behold in awe the mystery and majesty of his sovereign rule
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Rom. 11:33–36)
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