JOHN: Well, because God has an intention within His actions that is not purely arbitrary, and it is not left to chance. JOHN: Well that’s a pretty – pretty limited view of God to think that and that sort of maybe overestimates your own importance? What is God’s will for our lives? God’s sovereignty is not an easy issue, is it? PHIL: Let me kind of shift gears here. So I think you – if you – if you start there, it’s a little clearer to understand. How they going to hear without a preacher? Here’s the most evil act –, PHIL: — ever perpetrated by the hands of evil men –. The first 14 verses of Deuteronomy 28 list the blessings of God and the last 53 verses list the curses of God. PHIL: Yeah, in recent years there’s been this, I would call it a heresy, known as open heresy, open theism. And you answered questions starting with the main questions we knew people were going to ask. 2:13). JOHN: So this was kind of a rift in the family. JOHN: I really see You as sovereign and I repent in dust and ashes. The question is whether we believe it or not because it is definitely in the Bible and a lot of people know it and it frightens them when they read it. If God is ordained, who is going to be saved? I might be obedient and do it. I mean, you don’t escape –. 28:19)—such reasoning ignores the fact that God fulfills His sovereign plan through human means and instrumentality. You ought to say, “If God wills, I’m going to do this and that.” And I think, you know, what that does is take the sovereignty of God down to the individual activities of every single person. Was the prophecy true?” The prophecy was supposed to be from God. After defining the biblical view of divine sovereignty, they look at God's sovereignty in salvation and answer common questions about its relation to prayer and evangelism. JOHN: It’s an impossible thing to say that God works all things together for your good if you don’t believe God is sovereign. God is displaying Himself to the holy angels, God is displaying Himself to – to the saints in His full glory. PHIL: Alright, another text and let me preface this by saying, there are people who would say, “Okay, well God is sovereign to a point, but He doesn’t control random happenings. We are culpable in transgression and praiseworthy in obedience. So by God’s definition, this was the determined righteous thing for Him to do. Scripture says that. If God ordains who is going to be in control in the government, why should I vote? Going back to say September 11, something that I think all of us would agree, was a horrible thing and yet, it doesn’t make it any less horrible to say God is sovereign over it. He may make predictions like some cosmic poker player, but He cannot know absolutely. from Derek Thomas PHIL: And He’s directing it towards His chosen purpose. PHIL: Now see, immediately we run headlong into the problem of evil. God’s telling me to tell you this guy is going to be a great preacher around the world. Please respond to confirm your registration. Because that’s not the agenda, that’s not the purpose, that’s not the plan. And a verse I quoted earlier, Proverbs 21 verse 1, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord, He turns it wherever He will.”. And it’s in that context that – that we’re told that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. Does the sovereignty of God allow for chance, coincidence, or cause and effect to take place in our lives? Question: "What is the difference between God’s sovereign will and God’s revealed will?" JOHN: You know, as a pastor and you as a pastor as well, Phil, how many times a month or how many times a week do we tell people that in this evil God has a good plan? You are welcome Nick. We talk about the providence of God. What about the people who didn’t hear?” Well, I’m convinced Scripture says if you live up to the light you have, you know, God would bring more light. The sovereignty of God can bring with it a lot of questions and/or baggage depending upon your religious context. PHIL: His plan, in that case, might involve my discipline. Can we – can you be a Christian if you have a completely wrong view of God? But I think the most typical wrong response to the doctrine of sovereign – or the sovereignty of God in salvation is indifference. The sovereignty of God is not a secondary doctrine that is relegated to an obscure corner in the Bible. If He does, then why didn't He? So, God can “allow” certain things to occur and not be a deterministic cause of those events. And, in fact, let’s start with one from Isaiah that talks about the decree of God, the eternal purpose of God. 28:4). Second, there is the question of ethics. JOHN: What does he do? We chose those conversations based on questions we hear from listeners and questions that, frankly, we grapple with sometimes ourselves. I was looking for definitions on the sovereignty of God and the providence of God, and couldn’t really find one that would make me … God*s Foreknowledge Is Logical. PHIL: That, I think, is the most amazing thing about the – the sovereignty of God, how He does make even the wrath of men to praise Him. JOHN: Yeah, it is. But we dare not reason this way. Evil does not cause God to have to alter His purpose. People can take one of two extremes in regard to this question. In other words, God created the world in full awareness that He was going to redeem the world. Proverbs 16:33, and you can explain this one for us. You were a big help in answering some of my doubts about being saved. Fatalism would be the assumption that things are going to be whatever they’re going to be, just because they’re going to be that way. 3. What always interests me is how the New Testament says, “Honor those that are over you in the Lord. I repent for the sin of not trusting You and Your sovereignty.” And I think that’s where I want – I’m happy to live in the sovereignty of God with the suffering that is there. They carried the commission in that first generation, twelve very unlikely guys. This leads to two questions about God's sovereignty and human responsibility that need to be answered. If he does not, he’s fully culpable. 3. PHIL: So it is my responsibility, and that’s why it’s a command, to evangelize, to proclaim the gospel. Apart from the fact that God commands us to evange-lize—“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. The – the assumption is the fatalism takes over and what is going to be is going to be and you forget that within the purpose of God to accomplish His saving end, there are freedoms, right? PHIL: And it isn’t just saying that He knows it, either, is it? Think of it this way. Was it Spurgeon who said – somebody asked him the same question, “Why do you evangelize all the time if people are elect?” He said, “Well if you’ll help me pull up their shirt so I can see if they have an “E” stamped on their back, you know, that would help.” Since we don’t know who – I actually had a prominent well-known preacher tell me one of his children was not elect, who, by the way, has since come to confess Christ. We were so burdened by the fact that Satan might come in the house and kill your baby, you know, cause your baby to be smothered. And a God who is not sovereign can’t do that. PHIL: And Jesus seemed to say that, too, that nothing is really random when He said, “The hairs on your head are numbered,” and “even when a sparrow falls,” He says, “it doesn’t happen apart from the Father.”. In addition, Paul previously says that God has "predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 1:5). Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. It’s a form of the word “sovereign.” Sovereign was a designation of the person who reigned, the – the single ruler, the king, the monolithic power, the unilateral authority and that is essentially what to say God is sovereign means, that He is the sole ruler, He is the sole authority. Sovereignty is the absolute, unfettered right to decide when and how—and if—to use that power. No thanks. PHIL: Yeah, and so my answer would be, I don’t want what’s fair because if I got what was fair –. The relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility is not instantly obvious, and at first glance it seems paradoxical. Do you believe Scripture teaches that? I will be asking you to look at a few Scriptures together as we go through this study - and let me say that we're not looking at any main passages of Scripture, as we haven't been doing really in these studies in the last few weeks. Asked by greg b #615188. If you ever use the word, it’s only a word that accommodates ignorance. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). God’s Sovereignty provides us with comfort. It needs to be said at that point that doesn’t mean that God motivates everything that happens, He doesn’t – doesn’t motivate evil, He doesn’t cause evil, He doesn’t do evil. And they ask the question, “Are only a few going to be saved?” So we all have to start there, and we say, “Okay, look, not everybody is going to be saved.” And then the question has to be asked, “By whose determination is that true?” The only possible answer is God. You remember what it was he said to his brothers. There are no, “Oops, how did that happen?” to God. 1. Such a view, some insist, deprives mankind of its essential freedom. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. Put this way, it seems to say something that is expressly Reformed in doctrine. He is not bound or limited by the dictates of his created beings. So to say that Jesus is Lord is to then confess that I am a slave and that is an affirmation that He’s the sovereign over me. Characteristics such as truthfulness, goodness, faithfulness, righteousness, and love define God’s every action. The doctrine of divine providence asserts that God is in complete control of all things. JOHN: Yeah, well, because I’ve said it many times. And if you have a horrible leader and a person who is doing wrong things, they are wrong, and you can make that judgment. That’s the first thing. Now the verse I quoted talks about the king’s heart. There would be little discussion, let alone controversy, among Christians about God’s sovereignty and human responsibility, if both of these concepts were not to be found in the Bible. JOHN: Well first of all, Phil, let me say this. But he says it’s – it’s wrong and it’s a serious problem because it fails to acknowledge the sovereignty of God. PHIL: Yeah, coming in that context, it – it is not saying well, you know, that the Lord is helpless to save anyone without our help. We make our plans and the Lord directs our steps. Evil is allowed by God, but He distances Himself from that. And there was a time not long ago when we had a huge influx of people coming from that church, coming into our church. And again, we go back to what I said, He allowed it for His own glory. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. The Question and Answer section for The Sovereignty and Goodness of God is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel. Log In And yet, it says, “How shall they hear without a preacher?”. You know, your grandma died, your marriage is failing, you lost your job, “Well buck up, God is sovereign, all things work together.” How do we – how do we affirm these truths to someone who is suffering without maybe being too flippant about it? The first thing out of her mouth – she’s got tubes and wires and it’s horrendous – she says, “Oh, John, how’s your knee?” She’s asking me how my knee – and we began to talk, and there’s literally joy in her heart because as horrible as it is, young wife, young mother, four children about to be motherless and she’s going through the ravages of this cancer. A God who doesn’t know the future can’t do that. JOHN: You know, I think the great compelling illustration of how we deal with people who suffer, is Jesus. He could have flown. None can thwart Him–none can hinder Him. The Father, in His sovereignty, places the limitations upon the attack. And I said, you know, this – this sort of mass movement over here, what – what brought you here? But look, if the Lamb was slain before the foundation of the world, if – if God planned the death of Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, before anything was ever made that was made, then He must have planned for sinners to be redeemed, which meant that He must have put into the plan the allowance for sinners to fall. I mean –. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. The actual word in the New Testament is kurios, its corresponding word is doulos. But we’re talking about something different here. That’s simply saying that government as a reality, as a social reality is ordained by God for the wellbeing of man. PHIL: Now let me go back to something you said earlier, which is – has to do with the dangers of maybe an overemphasis on the sovereignty of God or a skewed view of the sovereignty of God. And I walked in the room and I had knee surgery recently. 9:20). It’s as if to say in future history maybe, we can look back and maybe God will – maybe we’ll – there’ll be something written about our lives, and when we get to heaven and we’ll say, “Oh, so that’s what was going on when that happened.” But while we’re experiencing, God owes us no explanation. JOHN: We ought to say, “We will live if it’s within the purpose of God and do this and that.” You know, that takes the whole lofty sort of esoteric discussion about the sovereignty of God down to my life today. JOHN: Well, I heard the questions. Some emphasize the sovereignty of God to the point that human beings are little more than robots simply doing what they have been sovereignly programmed to do. You can live there. In other words, God’s sovereignty allows Him to not act—to allow—just as much as it allows Him to act. The best one, though, really, was when the fellow who was to present me didn’t appear and I introduced myself. PHIL: And yet, here’s how Scripture says it, “This man delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death,” Acts 2:23. I’m at the hospital in the children’s ward with mask on, and gloves cause I can’t go in without it and we’re talking about that with two parents of a 3 year old. JOHN: Yeah, Open theism that God – God doesn’t know the future, that He doesn’t know the end from the beginning, didn’t plan the end from the beginning. And I mean, if they – it’s a Johnny-come-lately notion concocted by some guys because they didn’t want God to be responsible for the way things were in the world. JOHN: And as it turned out, they were young couples whose parents were the staff of that church. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. But this is also true of evil powers and corrupt regimes that violate the very principles of government itself; these are also under the sovereign government of Almighty God. PHIL: That’s a good note on which to end this conversation. He – He never calls down judgment on the system, never. PHIL: Not to mention John the Baptist, lost his head over it. And again, we’re back to the folks who came to the church and said, “We can’t live under the sovereignty of Satan.”. But the bottom line, maybe a good place to start would be to say, “I would much rather know that God is in charge of everything than to think that He’s not. Few passages of Scripture reflect the sovereignty of God in election and reprobation with greater force than Romans 9:21: “Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?” On the face of it, this might appear unfair and arbitrary—as though God were playing some vindictive child’s game with the petals of a flower: “He loves me; He loves me not. Moreover, Christian counseling has failed to measure up to its name principally because its early theorists were unskilled in exegesis and theology. JOHN: A God of grace. The sovereignty of God is one of those theological ideas that causes some significant challenges in the lives of believers. Dr. W. A. Criswell. And that –that and those – those kinds of questions really aren’t nearly as important to me as what kind of a God saves people who don’t deserve salvation and can’t do anything to earn it? God is sovereign in creation. JOHN: Yeah, and you – you may look long and hard in the New Testament in the life and ministry of Jesus trying to find Him demonstrate an anti-current government attitude, but you won’t find it. PHIL: Yeah. You know, this idea that God is fighting Satan all the time and sometimes Satan wins and sometimes God wins and sometimes Satan comes in and kills your kids and gives you cancer and God is scrambling to try to counter Satan, that is just a horrendous misrepresentation of the reality. If not everybody is going to be saved, then you could say, “Well who – who decided not everybody was going to be saved?” Well you could say, “Well sinners decide that.” Well then God decided that sinners could decide that knowing that sinners wouldn’t decide that. Fourth, in the question of both the origin and continued existence of evil, the sovereignty of God meets its most acute problem. JOHN: Yeah, because we are the means. Nothing catches God off guard. JOHN: — it shuts down every argument. And yet, Scripture is explicit, right? Dr. Sproul considers these questions in this message as he teaches us about the relationship between human freedom and "God's Sovereignty." Sometimes I say it’s a book about the sovereignty of God, which leads to a question from Massiel in the Dominican Republic. And they said this, I’ll never forget it, “We could not live any longer under the sovereignty of Satan.”, JOHN: Yeah, I’d never heard that. You know, the Lord will – will find someone else to do that.” But within the – within the purposes of God to save people and within the command of the Great Commission, we have the freedom to be disobedient or obedient, even as we’ve manifested that freedom. You know, I would go so far as to say chance doesn’t exist, it doesn’t exist. Or, “I’m so sorry this randomly happened to you. JOHN: Right. We – we would have a little difficulty in America understanding the word “sovereignty” since we’ve never lived under a sovereign. The fact that we consistently thank God for the salvation of individuals means (whether we admit it or not) that belief in absolute free will is inconsistent. A couple of days later I’m in a cancer bed and a 33-year-old mother – by the way, this lady came to our church at the age of 15, came to Christ, grew in Christ, met a man, married him, they had four children. Satan is a servant of God, he can only work within the perimeters that God defines. Answer: Human will is fairly straightforward: when we want something to happen, we “will” for it to take place; when we do something, we have shown our “will” in the matter. Satan killed your pastor to – to cancel out a divine plan? In this collection from the 2007 fall conference series, R.C. From its opening verse, the Bible asserts in no uncertain terms that God is and that God reigns. He cannot figure out a reason. Yeah, I think that is exactly what the Bible teaches. PHIL: Yeah. Evil does not deter God. And yet –. It’s one of these Christian Living articles I wanted to share with you today. PHIL: Yeah, the standard theological or precision term that we use is, “God is not the author of evil, He’s not the agent of it. This verse highlights the sovereignty of God over our lives. PHIL: Yeah. The definition of free will that creates controversies with those like me who believe in the sovereignty of God over the human will — not just a general statement about the sovereignty of God, but God’s sovereignty over the human will — that definition is this: man’s will is free if he has the power of ultimate self-determination. How do you answer this question? JOHN: There’s no way around that. Sometimes I say it’s a book about the sovereignty of God, which leads to a question from Massiel in the Dominican Republic. And He demonstrated this – this relentless compassion toward all these hurting suffering people, so much so that Paul refers to Him as being marked by compassion. And then I love the next line that I have determined the end at the beginning. But it is no more confusing to me to deal with that dilemma than it is to deal with the opposite dilemma which is, “Why in the world did God save Me?”. God is sovereign over both life and death. I think, one, God has a right – and Paul makes this clear in Romans 9 – God has a right to put His power on display against evil. JOHN: And it likely will, and it should because He disciplines you for the purpose of calling you to righteousness and obedience. JOHN: Right. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. God exercises His absolute sovereignty in ways consistent with all His attributes. JOHN: Yeah, and another way to express sovereignty in that sense is to say that Jesus is Lord. JOHN: Yeah, then you’ve got to explain why things are the way they are. We can see that the reason God has not stopped human suffering and anguish on the earth is not because He lacks control over what human beings do. . God’s sovereignty has nothing to do with causing violence, pain, and suffering in the world. Mysteries are forced upon us by the facts of God’s Word; we are not inventing them ourselves. Whether or not God is actually sovereign is usually not a topic of debate; all mainstream Christian sects agree that God is preeminent in power and authority. JOHN: Never gives him any answer. PHIL: Yeah. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. And so when you look at the problem of evil, you don’t ask well this seems unfair to me because of how – of how it affect me, or how it affects people. Registered User Sovereignty of God – How is it seen? God isn’t causing me to sin just because He’s sovereign? But how sovereign is sovereign? Biology says this should not have happened. And that’s the way you would turn the thing on its head, in that sense. God speaking says, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all My purpose.’”, JOHN: I think that’s my favorite verse on the sovereignty of God. With out it, we would have no being, no salvation, and no hope. It’s not. It says, “The heart of man plans his way –. While it’s easy to get frustrated when people all around us, Atheists are more aggressive than ever, God will use all that to glorify Himself. Answer: When we talk about free will, we are usually concerned with the matter of salvation. Guest. I – I love the end of the book of Job, Job 42:6, where Job says, “I had heard of You but now my eye sees You. Humans are able to make genuine choices that have real consequences. PHIL: Yeah, and I want to get to that. PHIL: That still doesn’t change the sovereignty of God, right? JOHN: Well, the bottom line is this, and everybody would agree with this, except Universalists, “Not everybody’s going to be saved.” Right? I grew up in an Arminian church, actually –. Are there realms in the created universe where God does not govern? I don’t know how that harmonizes and I always end up at this point. So I think, for me, no one understood the sovereignty of God better than the Lord Jesus did. And I would far rather live in a world, even with difficult questions, even with challenging questions, and they’re very challenging, knowing that God was in complete charge because He’s good and holy and righteous, than to believe that either it’s random and nobody’s in charge, or even worse yet, Satan’s in charge. Wow, God put him in. God says, “Why will you die?” You know, Jesus says, “Search the scriptures, they are they that speak of Me.”. So I think you have to start with the fact that we reject the sovereignty of Satan in the world. But they did. PHIL: Yeah, that verse that you just quoted, “How shall they hear without a preacher?” comes in Romans 10 which is in – set in three chapters where the focus is on the sovereignty of God in salvation, Romans 9, 10 and 11. You know, we talked about that in the series on The Twelve Ordinary Men. We were going around the house praying Satan out of this room and demons out of that room and believing that, you know, Satan could give you cancer, and Satan wanted you sick and God wanted you well and Satan wanted you to have a calamity and God didn’t, so if you had a calamity and got sick, Satan was taking over your life.” And they called it the sovereignty of Satan. Illustration, just a few days ago we had a little three-year-old boy in our church die, cycled through Leukemia three different times in three years, and he went to heaven. And we’ve actually never addressed that issue by itself head on, and today that’s what we want to do. Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature, He is the Most High, Lord of Heaven and earth. I understand God interrupting history, making an axe head float, making a dead person rise, you know, dividing the sea in the Old Testament, or all the miracles in the New Testament. You know, He looked on the masses with compassion. Isaiah 46 verses 9 and 10. The human mind cannot grasp why God allows evil and suffering; instead, we are called to have faith and trust in God's goodness and love. God’s power is not absolute in the sense that God can do anything (potestas absoluta); rather, God’s power ensures that He can do all that is logically possible for Him to will to do. Submit to those who are over you.” And He was talking about those very men, those very pagan-to-the-core men. Answer: The sovereignty of God refers to the fact that God is in complete control of the universe. And then, how are they going to call on Him whom they have not heard? You know, we can’t – you know, it’s a mature thing, I think, for people to get to the point where they realize that. Here’s the answer I got. And, in fact, it’s impossible to reconcile that view with this text from Isaiah 46. God’s sovereignty casts no shadow over the prayer of adoration. I got that wrong. JOHN: It is, it is. JOHN: Why – why did He save me? Open theists or free-will theists, for example, insist that the future (at least in its specific details) is in some fashion “open.” Even God does not know all that is to come. He understood it perfectly. She’s saying, you know, “Curse God, and die.” And he’s not – he can’t figure out a reason for this. Evil is a matter of ontology (being). 3) When my kids got older, they would sometimes question me persistently about a decision that I have made. You know, I don’t – I don’t need to manifest righteousness to show a transformed life because God’s going to save who He’s going to save. God wrote the days of his life in His book and He didn’t write it in pencil. PHIL: Yeah, one of the reasons it’s so difficult is that no matter how you answer the question; is God in control of everything? Well if – if you’re – if there’s no evil in the world then there’s no way to display your wrath, your vengeance, your justice, your judgment. Where were you when I made the world?” The interesting thing about it is Job never got the information that we get. JOHN: No, nothing. JOHN: Absolutely. This is the Mount Everest of biblical teaching, the towering truth that transcends all theology. Is God still in charge of who’s our President and –. JOHN: Yeah, it kind of reminds you of the story of Joseph, doesn’t it? 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