1 Chronicles 29:11-12
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. (ESV)
Tuya es, oh Jehová, la magnificencia y el poder, la gloria, la victoria y el honor; porque todas las cosas que están en los cielos y en la tierra son tuyas. Tuyo, oh Jehová, es el reino, y tú eres excelso sobre todos. 12 Las riquezas y la gloria proceden de ti, y tú dominas sobre todo; en tu mano está la fuerza y el poder, y en tu mano el hacer grande y el dar poder a todos. (RVR 1960)
Yesterday’s Sermon was all about God’s sovereignty and I thought that that was such a HUGE subject that it desire at least one more day of attention.
So first what does “the Sovereignty of God” mean? In most evangelical circles today if you were to ask that question I would venture to say you would get the response that He, God is in control of all things. While no true believer should argue against the fact that God is in control of all things, that IS NOT what “the Sovereignty of God” means.
Sovereignty according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary says: of God, his absolute right to do all things according to his own good pleasure. In other words God has the rightful authority to rule over all of His creation.
Now let us look at God’s Providence as defined (shortened) Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology says: “…Providence, then, is the sovereign, divine superintendence of all things, guiding them toward their divinely predetermined end in a way that is consistent with their created nature, all to the glory and praise of God. This divine, sovereign, and benevolent control of all things by God is the underlying premise of everything that is taught in the Scriptures.”
It is in God’s Providence, we find God in control of all things. Somehow in modern theology we seem to have them reversed. In the times of the monarchies the king was Sovereign he had the right to rule as he saw fit over all the lands. Yet it was the lord(s) of the various lands that were actually in control of the day to day operations and rule of the peoples. Maybe it is about time we got back to using the terms LORD AND KING for God to describe His sovereignty and providence.
Maybe the greatest book ever written on the The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink
A sermon supporting Reformed (Calvinistic) Theology and The Sovereignty of God Today
“The Relevance Of Calvinism Today” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Sovereign Grace Union, London, July, 1969, Charles D. Alexander