Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Is God really all that sovereign?

Many have taken in hand to write on this subject with 'one liners,' or articles and books. Pink's "The Sovereignty of God" being perhaps the best known and most widely read. There is another Author whose work on this matter is impeccable, that being the Holy Spirit who inspired and wrote the canon of Scripture we now have and enjoy. There is not one of the sixty six books of Scripture that does not delve into this, some more deeply than others. There is no work of man that could be considered "complete" or "all-inclusive" as we shall no doubt continue to learn about our Lord for all eternity. Knowing that our God is sovereign over all is a source of great comfort. Such knowledge places Him (in our own mind and heart) on His throne, never to be evicted. From this knowledge comes true worship of the Worthy One. A person cannot worship Him "in spirit and truth" with a half-hearted concept of His sovereignty. Either He IS totally sovereign or He is not. And it is on this battle field that believers find themselves.

Many others have taken in hand to cast doubt, to debunk a portion of the Lord's rule while attempting to portray themselves as the "true and faithful" to God. These are fools, who have said in their heart "there is no God," for if God be not sovereign, then He is not really God. So who is? His arch enemy, Satan? Man? Who? It has always been the long term strategy of the wicked one to dethrone God in actuality, not simply in the minds of men. This was the reason for his expulsion from heaven. This fight has continued on various, multiple, and simultaneous fronts. Today is no exception. The sufficiency and reliability of the Word of God is constantly attacked, as is the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, His resurrection, ascension, return, etc. Creation is under constant assault. Doctrines have been ranked as to their "importance" in the eyes of man with absolutely no regard for Scripture. This man does in a back door attempt to discredit the Word and the One who wrote it. Fantasy doctrines have been instituted as some sort of 'new truth' that supersedes the written Word. The list of heretical doctrines is no doubt endless, but there is one of man's fantasies that has been around from the beginning. It is the fantasy that God has abandoned His own complete sovereignty and placed the will of man as the final arbiter in man's fate---specifically when it comes to who is 'saved'. Today we call it "Arminianism" but it began with Adam's refusal to believe and obey God and further seen in his first born, Cain. In order for this fantasy doctrine to be valid in the eyes of men they deny the truth (and sometimes their very existence) of hundreds of Scriptures. But it goes much further than denying several hundred verses all the way to the entire Canon of Scripture and beyond. In reality, Arminians deny that the God described in the Scriptures even exists and have tried to replace Him with themselves (sound familiar?) by the preaching of their "other gospel" which places the "free-will" of man above the sovereign choice of God Almighty. The god of this "other gospel" has been aptly described as weak, anemic, a 'hand-wringing worry-wart' who sits back totally helpless to save anyone and waiting to see if any man will avail himself of the "salvation" the he supposedly "offered" to all mankind. This is a god that has failed. Is this the god that you serve? Or is your GOD mighty to save all that He has chosen from before the foundation of the world? Did you choose Him, or did He choose you? To leave this question unattended will result in an eventual downfall into further apostasy and unbelief. It is unthinkable that a believer in Christ Jesus obtained salvation by an act of his will, no one ever has and there are no exceptions.

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