Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Sovereignty of God Defined

In this second chapter of A.W. Pink’s book “The Sovereignty of God”, Pink tries to lay out the meaning of those words. ”The sovereignty of God! What do we mean by this expression? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the Godhood of God!” What this is saying is that sovereign is a word that is meant to describe the character of God, not his actions. That was the way that God was meant to be seen, but over the years we have watered down God and the power that he has. ”The God of the twentieth century is a helpless, effeminate being who commands the respect of no really thoughtful man .” Pink goes on to say “The God of many a present-day pulpit is an object of pity rather than of awe-inspiring reverence.” This truly is the way that some people look at God!!! Can you believe that? The Creator of the world is effeminate?

Just look at the pictures that we see of Jesus! This is a HUGE hobby horse of mine. I snicker when I see painting of Jesus riding SIDE-SADDLE on a donkey! Give me a break! Jesus, the blue eyed Jew with long flowing clean robes (like he didn’t live in a desert and was dirty). The Jesus that I follow is the one who walked in the desert. He’s the one that kicked over tables in the temple. He’s the one that’s coming back in a robe dipped in blood, with tattoos on his thigh (Revelation 19:13). I don’t know who you follow, but the Jesus that I follow IS NOT effeminate! That is why cops have trouble living their lives as Jesus did. They have skewed vision of who Jesus is. They think that he’s some hippie throwing up the peace sign and hittin’ the glass pipe! But that’s enough of that. I might make someone mad

So how did we get to where we are now if God is sovereign? ”To throw the blame, as many do, on the Devil, does not remove the difficulty (of comprehension of the state of affairs), for if Satan is defeating the purpose of God, then Satan is almighty and God is no longer the Supreme Being.” So where does that leave us? Why does God allow the things to happen on the earth that we see everyday? ”The answer to all of these questions is, Because God is Sovereign, and being Sovereign, he does as he pleases.” It’s just like when we were kids and you asked your parents “Why?” and they said “Because I said so!” If you’re a cop then this DOES NOT set well with you! But, God doesn’t care.

So why doesn’t God just have everyone running around exactly the same? Grace! ”Grace has been defined as the unmerited favor of God, and if unmerited, then no one can claim it is their inalienable right.” God shows favor on people that he deems worthy! It just so happens that that God “dispenses his favors as he pleases.” So if it seems like there is no rhyme or reason as to why God is blessing someone and not you; You’re right!

Published with permission by Brian Cain with Code-4 Ministries.

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