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Ron Writes

A Sovereign God

God is all powerful. God is in control. God can do all things. There’s nothing God cannot do. God created all things and holds all things together.

The greatest commandment is that we love God. God wants our worship and our love. In order for this to happen, God gave us the ability to choose. If God’s sovereignty forces us to love Him, it’s an empty love. We have free will. We can choose.

There can be a tension between these two concepts. Is God in control of everything or does man have control of himself? There are those who lean so far on the side of God’s sovereign power as to say we are all predestined either to heaven or hell and there’s nothing we can do about it. Whether you’re saved or lost is out of your hands. On the other end of the spectrum is to deny that God has any control at all in our lives.

There are also those who believe that since God is sovereign and He desires all to be saved, all will be saved. This is referred to as Universalism. Once again, man has no choice in their view. If universalism is true why didn’t Jesus teach it (Mt. 10:28)?

God is sovereign and man does have free choice. Scripture doesn’t resolve the dilemma. We must see both in scripture and we must keep them in balance. For example:

Acts 2:23, “this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God,” – (God’s sovereignty)
you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.” (man’s free choice).
Gen. 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me” (man’sfree choice).
but God meant it for good” (God’s sovereignty).

These concepts can be hard, if not impossible, to harmonize. Denying one or the other is not the answer. Taking one concept or the other to an extreme is error. Hold on to one and don’t let go of the other.