What is The Sovereignty of God?
by, Aug 8th 2012 at 06:58 PM (485 Views)
The mere meaning of the word “Sovereignty” is to set something apart as totally independent. Take a country for example, once the country becomes independent then they become sovereign. They make all their own rules of government and social living standards according to their own wishes and desires. I believe that God in his own way of doing things has shown us indispensably, his character of ”Sovereignty” in the way that he has allowed humans to operate within the confines of Governments set up here on earth. Each Country is in control of the laws that they enforce within their prospective borders. Why would humans chose such a system? How did we wind up here? Nuclear bombs and genocide just to mention a couple. People given Sovereignty will turn to the dark side every time. History continues to show this very fact.God has given us the bible for what purpose? Is it to show us about human character? NO! It is to show us His character and how hedeals with humans! The bible is Gods way of letting us know who we are, what we are and why we are here. It all points to Him (God). God is the reason behind every event on earth and in heaven. God is Sovereign. He has created his own world and universe, that consists of every living creature. He is “GOD”.
God has created a system of government that he is in control of. He Created everything that has been created in six days. Nothing new under the sun has been created since then. Day one he separated light from darkness. Day two he put a canopy of water over the water covered earth. Day three he brought forth land and made all the living plant life on earth. Day four he created the heavens and everything in them (Sun, Moon, Angels, Stars). Day five he made all the creatures in the sea and in the air. Day six God brought forth all the creatures on the land including Adam and Eve. Creation stopped after day six, and nothing new has ever been created since. Things have changed, with the exception of Gods character which never changes, but nothing new created.
There are three entities that were not created however, and those three things are the manifestation of God himself. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. One God three persons of God. These three have been, since before the beginning of time. God the Father is at the helm and nothing happens outside the very will of the Father. This structure that God has set up is a predestined one. The bible tells us that he knows all. He knows how it all ends, who is going to heaven and who is not. He knows every thought you have had and are going to have. He is God and his word tells us this very thing. He is in control, he is Sovereign. He made the rules, he is not making them, he already made them before the foundations of the world was created. God in his Sovereignty has created a world of his own and we are the subjects of that creation, being created in his image.
Man being the subject of Gods creation is the purpose for the earth, sky, animals even the heavens, were all created for man. Why? Why did God create this world and stick man right in the middle and say here, this is all for you? And then ignorant man only knowing what God has allowed him to understand, goes and follows exactly what God had already predestined that man would do. SIN! Disobey God. And immediately following sin, man was removed from the presence of God. Everything has a purpose, a meaning, one that we don’t always or very rarely understand. It is not for us to understand, we are told not to rely on our own understanding, but to trust that our Sovereign God is in control and he knows what he is doing.
There are things that we do understand from scripture and here are just a few that will help you to understand the true “Sovereignty of God”. First and foremost it is important to understand that when God created Adam he created him “Good”. God said after he created everything, after the sixth and final day of creation, that everything he had created was “Good”. Man was created good and man wasn’t re-created bad. Man is still the same. Man is created good, with the ability to be deceived. Eve was deceived by Satan. Did this make Eve bad? No! It did however lay the foundation of sin. Sin is nothing more than disobeying God. And man is unfortunately incapable of discerning his thoughts to keep himself from sinning. Regardless of how much we love God and study his word, we will always be subject to Satan’s lies in our thoughts. It is our thoughts that control us and without the ability to control our thoughts we are subject to being able to do the most heinous of acts towards each other. Jesus told us to discern our thoughts. How do we do this? By knowing the word of God. When you know the truth, lies can’t harm you anymore. Jesus said that he is the truth and that the truth will set you free, free from the bondage of sin. Does this mean we are free from sin? No! Satan is still here to deceive us. But we as true believers have the wisdom of scripture to set ourselves apart from the lies of the world to know lies when we hear them and be able to hear Gods voice when he speaks to us. The only power Satan has on man is in his thoughts.
So there it is in a nut shell. Our Gods Sovereignty lies in his structure of governing human behavior through mans own thoughts. If God didn’t want Adam to sin, than Adam would not have sinned. He would have made sure that Adam remembered and gave him a spirit of righteousness and grace and Adam would have gently reminded Eve that God said “NO”. But we already know that God had a plan and that plan had to come to fruition. No man can come to God and be saved unless God has already prepared him to receive the truth. It is God who decided who is saved and who is lost. It is all for a purpose that we can not and will not understand until we die. At that point God told us that we will understand just as we have been understood.
There is so much to comment of this subject, but I don’t want to write a book. Just share with you, that the only thing you need to be afraid of is your own thoughts. If you have a desire to know that you are one of Gods chosen elect, than you would be praying for a discerning spirit and start to seek him with all your heart, soul and mind.