Theology Tuesday – The Sovereignty of God

As humans can be described by their personal character tracts, so can God be defined (although in our limited understanding) by His personal characteristics. What Makes God, God? His divine attributes. Ronald Nash says: “A divine attribute is an essential property of God. A property is essential to some being if and only if the loss of that property entails that that being ceases to exist. A divine attribute is a property which God could not lose and continue to be God…If the being called God lost just one of His essential properties, He would no longer be God. ” (Concept of God, 16-17.)

So what are these essential properties that make God, God? These essential properties God possesses are eternal, not temporary.

There are many characterristics or attributes that can be used to define who God is. These attributes can be divided into two categories: incommunicable and communicable. *Incommunicable means those attributes which are true of God alone; no human can have these attributes. The incommunicable attributes are: sovereignty, infinity, immutability, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotent, aseity (self-existence), eternality, and immateriality.

The other set of attributes are known as communicable attributes. Communicable means those which are shared by humans to some degree. The communicable attributes include: holiness, justice, love, truth, mercy and grace. All humans can possess holiness (not apart from Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit), justice, truth, mercy and grace. Our sharing of these communicable attributes is only to a degree. We cannot fully possess any of them in our own power and might.

Today we’ll look take a brief glance at the Sovereignty of God.

He is completely holy and is completely sovereign over all things. Ronald Nash says: “A divine attribute is an essential property of God. A property is essential to some being if and only if the loss of that property entails that that being ceases to exist. A divine attribute is a property which God could not lose and continue to be God…If the being called God lost just one of His essential properties, He would no longer be God. ” (Concept of God, 16-17.)

Sovereignty means absolute rule. (Psalm. 115:3; 135:6; Ephesians 1:11).

We can rest assured that God’s purposes will be accomplished; this is the essence of God’s sovereignty. He has absolute control over everything. (See Isaiah 46:8-10, Job 42:2)

“What do we mean by [the sovereignty of God]? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the god-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is “The Governor among the nations” (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the “Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.” A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, chapter 1

God is Adonai or Lord over all of Creation. Every finite and minute detail is absolutely under His control and rule. No matter what man tries to do to gain control, he/she cannot have full and total control, because God will fulfill His purposes.

He is God and man is not.

*Each attribute of God will eventually be covered in a Theology Tuesday installment. Stay tuned.

Come by tomorrow to receive encouragement from God’s Word in this month’s Wednesday Wisdom.

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About LatanyaWagner

I'm a homeschooling mom of 3. Originally from Georgia, where I grew up learning about the value of hard work while living on a farm, I now live near Charlotte, NC, working hard to raise a family that loves and honors God. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Ministry. I'm also an aspiring writer and speaker. I'm currently writing my second novel and a non-fiction book on homeschooling. I recently (Jan. 2013) self-published my first Christian Romance Novel, 'Mending Hearts' on Amazon.
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