Q. What is the Sovereignty of God?
A. SOVEREIGNTY is described by Webster’s II New Riverside Dictionary as supremacy of rule or authority. Adjectives which describe SOVEREIGN are:
Supreme in power or rank
Of fine quality
Webster’s II New Riverside Dictionary lists the following definition for God: A being worshipped by monotheists as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; a being of supernatural powers and attributes that is worshiped by a people; someone considered to be extremely valuable or important.
God is portrayed as One who demands much but who gives freely (Matt. 16:24; Rom. 8:32). He expects obedience, but pays an infinite price to make obedience possible (Ex. 23:21; Deut. 11:27-28; Is. 5:4; Hos. 14:4, John 3:16). He has an immutable law, but He supplies inexhaustible grace (Matt. 5:17-19; Rom 5:20, Phil. 4:13). He hates sin with bitter hatred, but loves the sinner with wonderful love (Ps. 101:3; Is. 63:9, Jer. 31:3: Rom. 2:8-9; 9:25). He is the Creator and sustainer of the limitless universe, yet He is the anxious father waiting at the gate for the prodigal’s return (Ps. 33:6, 13, 14; 104:27, 28; Is. 44:22; Luke 15:20). He challenges the intellect of the most brilliant men the world has known, yet He accepts the devotion of a little child (Job 36 to 41; Is. 45:20-21; Jer. 9:12; Ps. 103:13; Matt. 7:11). Jesus referred to Him as merciful (Luke 6:36), concerned about human needs (Matt. 6:32), generous (Matt. 7:11), loving (John 3:16), spiritual (John 4:24).
Chapter 11 of the book of Romans describes God’s plan for saving men. The Apostle Paul concludes Chapter 11 by saying in verses 33-36: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Below are two quotations taken from Bible-based books which make reference of the Sovereignty of God.
“The Father sets His love upon His elect people who live in the midst of men. These are the people whom Christ has redeemed by the price of His own blood; and because they respond to the drawing of Christ, through the sovereign mercy of God, they are elected to be saved as His obedient children. Upon them is manifested the free grace of God, the love wherewith He hath loved them. Everyone who will humble himself as a little child, who will receive and obey the Word of God with a child’s simplicity will be among the elect of God.” (GOD’S AMAZING GRACE, page 142)
Jesus presented the Father as one to whom we could give our confidence and present our wants. When we are in terror of God, and overwhelmed with the thought of His glory and majesty, the Father points us to Christ as His representative. What you see revealed in Jesus, of tenderness, compassion, and love, is the reflection of the attributes of the Father. The cross of Calvary reveals to man the love of God. Christ represents the Sovereign of the universe as a God of love. By the mouth of the prophet He said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee” (Jer. 31:3). (IN HEAVENLY PLACES, page 18)