Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Sovereignty of God: Part 6

Let us go ahead and finish the definition that was originally given for the sovereignty of God. The last part of the definition that remains yet to be explained is the following:

"God is Holy, perfect and sinless and is Himself the author of truth, the standard of good.
Anything that pleases God to do, He does. Nothing can hinder the plans and /or the will of God."

So let’s start with "God is Holy, perfect and sinless" and go from there. It would take forever to cite all the verse that teach the holy perfection and sinlessness of God, but here are just a few to make the point.

Leviticus 11:44

"For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground."

Psalm 77:13

"Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?"

Psalm 99:9

"Exalt the LORD our God,and worship at his holy mountain;for the LORD our God is holy!"

Next we see that God is "perfect" in all his ways.

Deuteronomy 32:3-4

"3For I will proclaim the name of the LORD; ascribe greatness to our God! 4"The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he."

2 Samuel 22:31

"This God--his way is perfect;the word of the LORD proves true;he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him."

And now we come to God is "sinless."

Speaking of Jesus the Scripture says in Hebrews 4:15

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin."

The holiness and perfection of God really defines the fact that He is sinless. In fact it is this that leads us to the next part of our definition. God " is Himself the author of truth, the standard of good."

It is because God is the creator and that He is perfect and Holy that He Himself defines what sin is. Sin is anything that is contrary to law of God. And since God makes the law and it is against His nature to break His own law, God is sinless.

God as creator is the one who says what is right and what is wrong, what is true and what is false, what is holy and what is sinful, it is His right to set such parameters and His alone as sovereign creator. God’s person, nature and word as revealed in Scripture, is the standard for truth and good. No one else can lay claim to this. Truth and that which is good is objective and comes from the creator.

If I were to make up a rule and say it was true and good, what authority would I have to do so. My opinion is subjective. However God as the creator of this universe is the only one who can set parameters on truth, and goodness. His opinion is objective. He created the law of gravity which is true whether we like it or not and He created the law in Scripture which is true whether we like it or not.

Next in our definition we see "Anything that pleases God to do, He does."

Psalm 115:3

"Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases."

The final part of our definition is this "Nothing can hinder the plans and /or the will of God."

Daniel 4:35

"all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,and he does according to his will among the host of heavenand among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his handor say to him, "What have you done?"

Who could blame God of wrong doing? No one, God is God and can do as He pleases. God is the standard of good and therefore He is just in all His actions even when we cannot understand them. Who can stop God from fulfilling His plans? No one, God is almighty, no man can hold Him back.

This concludes our study on the definition of the "Sovereignty of God." This was of course just a prelude to discussing the "Doctrines of Grace" a.k.a. the five points of Calvinism. I encourage you to review all 6 parts of the Sovereignty of God series before you jump into the discussion of the 5 points because it will inform you as to God sovereignty in the salvation of man.
God bless and we’ll get to the "Doctrines of Grace" very soon!

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