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ATTRIBUTES OF GOD - SOVEREIGNTY

Michele Kennedy Box 563 Theology I February 27, 2013

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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 gospel is sent; others are left in darkness.”[4]

Scriptural Evaluation

God created all and He does as He likes with His creations, “Our God is in the heavens; He hath done whatsoever He pleased” (Ps 115:3).[5] He decides when we will be born, how we will live and when we will die, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine” (Ez 18:4). All belongs to Him and man has no right to question His authority, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?” (Matt 20:15). “They rejoice that the Lord God omnipotent reigneth; that neither necessity, nor chance, nor folly of man, nor the malice of Satan controls the sequence of events and all their issues. 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,...

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