The Sovereignty of God

Posted by on Oct 20, 2018 in Pope Michael, Sanctification | 0 comments

Abraham’s two sons Ishmael and Isaac grew up in the same home with the same father. Yet God chose only one of them – Isaac (Romans 9:7). That was not because God was partial, but because He is sovereign. He has the absolute right as the Creator of the universe to do exactly what He likes and to choose whomever He likes for any task. No-one can question His right, because He created all things for His pleasure, and as Paul says (at the end of these three glorious chapters), “For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things” (Romans 11:36). Isaac had two boys, Esau and Jacob who grew up in the same home with the same parents. Yet God chose only the younger Jacob. “For when the children were not yet born, nor had done any good or evil (that the purpose of God, according to election, might stand,) Not of works, but of him that calleth, it was said to her: “The elder shall serve the younger.”” (Romans 9:11-12). There was nothing unjust in this action of God’s, for He is the sovereign Ruler of the universe.

Moses and Pharaoh both lived in Egypt at the same time and in the same palace. Yet God raised up Moses to be a prophet of His. And Pharaoh was raised up,”that I may shew my power in thee, and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” (Romans 9:17), through the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart and the judgments that God would send on him as a result.

In all these three examples, we see the sovereignty of God in choosing people. We need to see the same sovereignty at work in our salvation as well. Why did God chose you and not some of your relatives – your brother, your sister, your uncle etc.? Was it because you were better than them? Certainly not. Perhaps you were a greater crook and a hypocrite than them (like Jacob was). Yet God chose you. It is sheer mercy and grace.

What shall we say in the light of all this? We can only bow before this Almighty Sovereign God and worship Him with all our hearts, and acknowledge that He alone is worthy, and that our salvation is entirely (100%) due to His grace. It is true that we accepted what He offered us. But the work was entirely His.

There is nothing that so humbles man to the dust as the fact of God’s sovereign choice of His children. That is why clever people find it difficult to accept it, and fight against it, and try to twist the Scriptures to make them mean what they don’t mean.

It is not because a man determines to be a child of God (or to be holy), or because he decides to run faithfully, that he is saved. It is only because God has shown him His mercy. It is God Who has “given us repentance unto life” and it is He Who “worketh in you, both to will and to accomplish, according to his good will.” (Acts 11:18; Philippians 2:13). What can we glory in then?

Here is what Romans 9:16 says: “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”.

And here is what 1 Corinthians 4:7 says: “For who distinguisheth [or sees anything different] in thee? Or what hast thou that thou hast not received? And if thou hast received, why dost thou glory [boast], as if thou hadst not received it?”

Memorize these two verses and keep them always in your heart. They will help in keeping you small in your own eyes at all times.

The new birth does not come through not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh (human determination), but of God (Divine determination) (John 1:13).

Jesus told his disciples, “You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you” (John 15:16). Do we realize that fact?

It is good for us therefore to remember that it was God Who chose us. And He chose us in Christ before we were born – in fact, even before He created the world!! (Ephesians 1:4).

From start to finish, our salvation is from God – so that no man might boast in God’s presence at any time.

Have you done something wonderful for the Lord and for His kingdom? If so, then try your best to forget about it. Recognize that you could have done nothing if God had not given you health, strength, intelligence, gift, talent, opportunity, knowledge of His Word and of Himself etc., etc., The list is endless. How can you glory then?

When we are taken up with how spiritual we have become or how much we have done for the Lord, we are already Pharisees. A true disciple is one who is taken up with the Person of the Lord Himself at all times.

There are many things God does for which he gives us no explanation. There are many prayers for which His answer is “No”, and we don’t understand the reason why. It is as impossible for God to explain all His dealings to us as it is to fill the Ocean into a cup. God’s wisdom is like an ocean. But our minds are only like a little cup.

Scripture says, “who art thou that repliest against God?” (Romans 9:19-20 ). When we are small in our own eyes we don’t have any complaints about God’s ways. We just submit to God, even when we don’t understand His dealings, because we accept His sovereignty.

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