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Sovereignty Of God Essay

603 words - 3 pages

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD - SOVEREIGNTY

Michele Kennedy
Box 563
Theology I
February 27, 2013

Outline

I. Definition of Sovereignty
II. Scriptural Evaluation

III. Personal Application

Definition of Sovereignty

The sovereignty of God is defined by Arthur W. Pink as “meaning that God is the almighty, the possessor of all power in heaven and on earth, and no one can defeat His counsels.[1] “As applied to God, the term ‘sovereignty’ indicates His complete power over all of creation, so that He exercises His will absolutely, without any necessary conditioning by a finite will or wills. The term does not occur in Scripture, although the idea is abundantly implied.”[2] “He does what He wills with His own.”[3] To some the light of the ...view middle of the document...

Infinite wisdom, love and power belong to Him, our great God and Savior, into whose hands all power on heaven and earth has been committed.”[6] “All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand or say unto Him, What doest thou?”(Dan 4:35)

Personal Application

The actions of man are seen as both free and having moral consequences. Although the word sovereignty is not mentioned in the Bible, the tension between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility is clear. “None of us will have to go through what Jesus did, yet we can entrust ourselves to God’s sovereign will in the same way as Jesus did. The key to victorious prayer is ‘Not as I will, but as you will’ (TNIV)”.[7]
I used to suffer terrifying anxiety. After prison I had “PTSD”. I would often get lost when leaving my home to do errands. I would be unable to drive and have to stop my car. Overcome with fear and anxiety I was frightened and confused.
God has lifted my fear and replaced it with faith. He has lifted my confusion and replaced it with clarity. As a woman of God, His sovereignty blankets me. Because I belong to Him I am never lost. Because of God’s sovereignty I am always precisely where He wants me to be.

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[1]Arthur W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (London: The Banner of Trust, 1968), 20.

[2]H.B. Kuhn, Sovereignty of God; Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House), IV, 498.

[3]Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company),I , 441

[4]Ibid.

[5]All scripture quotations are from the King James Version.

[6]Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company),I , 441

[7]Grant R. Osborne, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary: New Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 2010), I, 987.

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