Musings on Sovereignty 8

The late deservedly celebrated Dr. Young, though he affected great opposition to some of the doctrines called Calvinistic, was yet compelled, by the force of truth, to acknowledge that “there is not a fly but has had infinite wisdom concerned not only in its structure, but in its destination.” Nor did the late learned and excellent Bishop Hopkins go a jot too far in asserting as follows: “A sparrow, whose price is but mean, two of them valued at a farthing (which some make to be the tenth part of a Roman penny, and was certainly one of their least coins), and whose life, therefore, is but contemptible, and whose flight seems giddy and at random; yet it falls not to the ground, neither lights anywhere, without your Father. His all-wise Providence hath before appointed what bough it shall pitch on, what grains it shall pick up, where it shall lodge, and where it shall build; on what it shall live, and where it shall die.” Our Savior adds, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. God keeps an account even of that stringy excrescence. Do you see a thousand little motes and atoms wondering up and down in a sun-beam? It is God that so peoples it, and He guides their innumerable and irregular strayings. Not a dust flies in a beaten road but God raiseth it, conducts its uncertain motion, and, by His particular care, conveys it to the certain place He had before appointed for it; nor shall the most fierce and tempestuous wind hurry it any further. Nothing comes to pass but God hath His ends in it, and will certainly make His own ends out of it. Though the world seems to run at random, and affairs to be huddled together in blind confusion, and rude disorder, yet, God sees and knows the concatenation of all causes and effects, and so governs them that He makes a perfect harmony out of all those seeming jarrings and discords. It is most necessary that we should have our hearts well established in the firm and unwavering belief of this truth, that whatsoever comes to pass, be it good or evil, we may look up to the hand and disposal of all, to God. In respect of God, there is nothing causal nor contingent in the world. Augustus Toplady

The God that the authors quoted above wrote about is really the only possible true and living God. The true God can be nothing but sovereign, and as such a denial that God is sovereign is really a denial of the true God. We cannot deny necessary attributes of God and still hold on to the true God. If we deny that God is a God of love (in the biblical sense), then we have denied the true God. If we deny that God is a thrice holy God, we have denied the true God. If we deny that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, then we have denied the true God. Why is it so hard to come to the conclusion, then, and recognize that the denial that God is sovereign is a clear denial of the true God?

A God that is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient can be nothing but sovereign if you think about it. If God is truly omnipotent, then there is no real power but His. If God is truly omnipresent, then truly He is everywhere there is a where. It should also be added that He is not just present, but He is all present in all places that He is. If God is truly omniscient, then He knows all things from eternity past to eternity future and nothing can take place apart from His knowledge and wisdom. That means that anything that happens can only happen if God allows it to happen or brings it to pass. Whatever the case, it means that He is the sovereign of this universe.

The description the authors above give of God, then, is not just some intellectual point of doctrine that is not all that important, but they are striving to set forth the biblical truth of the living and true God. This is not just some small point of difference, it has to do with the most important aspects of truth and that is the truth of who God is. It is not acceptable to deny the greatness and vastness of the love of God, and as such it is not acceptable to deny the greatness and vastness of the sovereignty of God.

The one and true God has declared that He will be gracious to whom He will be gracious. Fallen men have and still assert that God will be gracious to those who choose Him to be gracious to them. The one and true God declares that men are born from above not by the will of any man and not according to the blood line of men, but instead by the will of God. Yet fallen men have and still insist that God regenerates those who will choose Him by a prayer or by an act of faith. Man fell from God when man wanted to trust in his own wisdom. Now men want to trust in themselves for salvation rather than the sovereign God. Fighting the sovereignty of God in life and in the heart is really what fallen men do, but Christians seek God for all He is and love Him and His sovereignty because that is who He is.

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