God is not a puppet or a Jeannie in a Bottle. He isn’t dutifully waiting for my three wishes. He’s God. He doesn’t ask for my opinion or my permission...
As God and King, He makes decisions. He makes plans. He determines and chooses. He can do this, because He’s the Boss! The Owner! The Master! He controls. He governs. He directs. He’s the Architect and Builder of all creation. He is Sovereign!
The Sovereign God chose Abraham! We’re not told why, but from all the people living on the globe, God chose a man living in a distant pagan land...
Israel was “chosen to be a people for His treasured possession” (Deuteronomy 7:6-7, ESV). The Levites were “chosen ... to stand and minister in the name of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 18:5, ESV). David and Solomon were both chosen to be king (I Chronicles 28:4-5) and Jerusalem was chosen as the site for the Temple (II Chronicles 6:6).
Remember the time that God chose the send Jonah to Nineveh? Jonah attempted to thwart God’s plan by running away. God’s sovereignty is showcased as He miraculously completes His sovereign plan. Yep, God is the Boss!
The Old Testament is replete with examples of God’s absolute sovereignty. So is the New Testament!
Jesus chose twelve Apostles (Luke 6:13; John 15:16) and Paul (Acts 9:15). Why would God pick Peter, a loud-mouthed fisherman, and Paul, the arch-enemy of the church? Humm?
He also chose the church as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (I Peter 2:9, ESV).
Okay, I’ve made the point. But if God is sovereign, does it follow that God chooses some to be saved and others to be eternally damned to hell? The quick answer is, no!
An absolutely Sovereign God has granted man the power to choose... to make his own decision about heaven and hell... to determine his own eternal destiny.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever ...” (John 3:16, KJV) Again, “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13, KJV) Whosoever... that’s me and thee!
Logic says that man’s freedom and God’s sovereignty are mutually exclusive, yet both are clearly taught in Scripture. By the way, the Trinity of God is also there. It’s not logical either. We must accept the truth of Scripture by faith.
God’s the Sovereign King! He can rule His kingdom without my assistance, but He graciously invites me to serve beside Him.