“BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH – Pt. 2”
REVIEW/INTRO: We are saved by grace through faith, and not by either one independent of the other (Eph. 2:8).
IS GOD SOVEREIGN?
- Definition: Supreme in power and authority.
- Scriptures: Ps. 103:19; 115:3; 1Chron. 29:11; Jer. 32:17; Matt. 28:18.
- God’s sovereignty doesn’t mean that our actions have no influence on what God does (Matt. 6:10; Ja. 5:14-18).
- It does mean that God can do what He chooses to do.
- It does mean that God may also choose not to do what ultimately is His will (Ezek. 22:30-31).
IS GOD IN CONTROL?
- God is in control of the big picture (Isa. 46:9-10).
- God has given man a free will and the authority to exercise governance on the earth (Ps.115:16; Lk. 10:19)
- God will often allow man to choose to do what is contrary to His will, and therefore His will is not always done.
- God will at times overrule man’s will to accomplish His bigger purposes (2Pet. 3:7, 10-13; Rev. 21:1).
IS EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS GOD’S WILL?
- Jesus rebukes a storm (Matt. 8:23-27).
- Peter commanded a lame man to walk (Acts 3:1-10).
- Often things not God’s will happen because we don’t exercising our faith (Matt. 11:12; Mk. 11:22b-24; Ja. 4:2b, 7; 1Pet. 5:8-9a; Jn. 10:10).
- We can use our faith to appropriate what God has provided by grace or we not experience His grace.
- God wants us to learn to be responsible and to use our free will to govern wisely.
- Some of what happens to us is because of others.
- People perish for lack of knowledge (Hos. 4:6) and knowing the truth sets us free (Jn. 8:32).
CONCLUSION: An overemphasis on God’s sovereignty encourages spiritual passivism resulting in defeat.