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Prayer and Personal Testimonies => Share Your Favorite Bible Texts => Topic started by: maimonides on June 03, 2012, 05:14:22 AM

Title: God is, always has been & eternally will be in absolute control - a text.
Post by: maimonides on June 03, 2012, 05:14:22 AM
One of my more Favorite Scriptures - it reminds me that God is eternally in absolute control...
...Which to me brings a level of peace.

Luke 24,44
And he said unto them, THESE are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that ALL things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.

The Prophets of the Old Testament were explicit that God Himself would come and would save His people...
...The Prophets were clear on what markers would identify The Christ.
...Such as where He would be born & how, that He would be without sin, heal the sick, etc.
...Would die for the people and be raised up from the dead on the 3rd day.
...Jesus fulfilled all of these things.

Christ instructs His Apostles after His Resurrection that both the Prophets of the Scriptures and Jesus Himself....
...Had already told them all this WOULD happen - as in there was NO other outcome possible.
...It brings peace of mind to me knowing that God ( Father, Son and Holy Spirit ) in eternity is in total control of everything.

The power of this Scripture speaks volumes to me and I've located nearly 100 more texts.....
...That are equally explicit in what they are in affirmation of - God is in absolute control, always has been & always will be.

Hope you all like it :-D

Title: Re: God is, always has been & eternally will be in absolute control - a text.
Post by: Soli Deo Gloria on June 04, 2012, 11:13:31 PM
This is a great post.

The absolute sovereignty of God was a foundational truth of the Reformation and has been and will be always true.

If I did not believe God was in absolute control, it would be very difficult to live thru the battles of life.

Stan
Title: Re: God is, always has been & eternally will be in absolute control - a text.
Post by: restoretruth on June 05, 2012, 04:54:50 PM
This is a great post.

The absolute sovereignty of God was a foundational truth of the Reformation and has been and will be always true.

If I did not believe God was in absolute control, it would be very difficult to live thru the battles of life.

Stan

Stan, I must respectfully disagree with you & maimonides. I believe I posted this before, but I'll re-post it anyway.

GOD'S PRINCIPLE OF FREE WILL -- THE POWER OF CHOICE

God's government is based on certain principles.  One underlying principle is that of free will, the power of choice.  Rebellion & sin began in Heaven in the mind & heart of Lucifer because of choices he made in exercising his free will.  Cast out of heaven because of his rebellion he became Satan & through the serpent beguiled our first parents into choosing to disobey God & thereby bringing rebellion & sin to our world. For a moment, after their disobedience, Adam & Eve lost their free will & would have been totally under Satan's control except that God intervened & restored mankind's freewill.  God restored man's power of choice when He placed enmity between mankind & Satan (Gen.3:15).  Free will, the power of choice, is a basic underlying principle of God's government. 

God has two other basic principles of His government on which His laws are based: loving God with all your heart, mind, soul & might; & loving your neighbor as yourself. These principles could not be implemented without the underlying principle of our free will or choice.  God purposes that these principles become controlling in our lives in order to make us safe to live in His universe! This can be accomplished only through union with & abiding in Christ! This requires a new heart & a right spirit inside of us!

God promises to give us a new heart & put a right spirit within us but only at our invitation!  He knocks at our heart's door, but waits to be invited in!  There is no coercive force with God! He requires obedience, but it must come willingly from a heart of love!  A new heart & a right spirit is what we need & what God promises!  We receive it by abiding in Christ -- in union with Christ!  Surrender to an indwelling Christ is what God desires of us! It is the only thing that can give us assurance of eternal life!  Paul refers to this experience as a mystery "...  which is Christ in you, the hope of glory...." (Col.1:27)

Our choice & our free will are apparent in the matter of our salvation.  The Holy Spirit draws us to Christ but we make the choice to repent of our sins, accept Jesus as our Substitute & Savior & surrender our hearts & lives to Him!  Does God at this point say, "I will now control that person's will! His salvation is secure!?"  No, because God chooses only to influence, not to control our free will or our choices!

If a person believes they are guilty of sin by nature (not by choice) then they most likely don't believe they can overcome sin in this life.  They are traveling down a different road than the person who believes they are guilty of sin by choice! It is only by union with & cooperation with Christ that we can exercise faith in His ability to change our heart & renew our mind! Christ can do this now, in this present life!  There is not some magic moment in the future when Christ does it for us without our cooperation & choices.   We make choices every day that affect our character & have consequences for our salvation. We can & should choose to receive Christ & choose eternal life but we must remain in Christ.  We do this by the choices we make.  We chose how to spend our time, by what we put in front of our eyes, by what we allow into our minds. We choose kindness towards others or harshness when we feel slighted or crossed.  We choose to help others who are in greater need than ourselves or we shut off feelings of compassion & mercy.  We choose Bible study & spiritual food or we choose movies and secular TV.  In whatever we do, can we take the presence of Christ with us?  We must if we are to allow Him to change our character!   "...it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy." (1Peter 1:16)

As we make daily choices for Christ, He gives us Divine power to follow Him!   He changes our character to reflect Him!  He even changes our rebellious hearts to desire Him above all things! The choices of our first parents got us into sin.  Our choice to follow Christ & abide in Him, is the way God has provided for us to get us out of sin. If we abide in Christ, He will abide in us & give us power to overcome & receive eternal life!  We have that assurance if we choose to abide in Him!  Each moment of time the choices in life are ours!
Title: Re: God is, always has been & eternally will be in absolute control - a text.
Post by: restoretruth on June 05, 2012, 09:11:11 PM

Restoretruth, I will summarize your rubric as simply grave error when applied to "God"...
...For Scripture is explicit that our Infinite God simply can't SIN.

2nd Tim 2,13
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he CANNOT deny himself


Of course God can not sin!  But when God the Son became man & took on fallen human nature it was possible for Him to sin in His human form. If not, His temptations in the wilderness, throughout His earthly life, through Gethsemane, & His trial & crucifixion would have been meaningless.

Here is Albert Barnes Commentary on 2Tim. 2:13:

2 Timothy 2:13

If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful - This cannot mean that, if we live in sin, he will certainly save us, as if he had made any promise to the elect, or formed any purpose that he would save them; whatever might be their conduct; because:
(1) he had just said that if we deny him he will deny us; and,
(2) there is no such promise in the Bible, and no such purpose has been formed. The promise is, that be that is a believer shall be saved, and there is no purpose to save any but such as lead holy lives. The meaning must be, that if we are unbelieving and unfaithful, Christ will remain true to his word, and we cannot hope to be saved. The object of the apostle evidently is, to excite Timothy to fidelity in the performance of duty, and to encourage him to bear trials, by the assurance that we cannot hope to escape if we are not faithful to the cause of the Saviour. This interpretation accords with the design which he had in view.

He cannot deny himself - Implying that it would be a denial of his very nature to save those who are unfaithful. He is holy; and how can he save one who is unholy? His very nature is purity; and how can he save one who has no purity? Let no one, then, suppose that, because he is elected, he is safe, if he lives in sin. The electing purpose of God, indeed, makes salvation sure; but it is only for those who lead righteous lives. Nothing would be mere dishonorable for God than to resolve to save a man that lived habitually in sin; and if that were the doctrine of election, it would deserve all the opprobrium that has ever been heaped upon it.
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I would have to agree with Barnes.
Title: Re: God is, always has been & eternally will be in absolute control - a text.
Post by: Ed Sutton on May 11, 2013, 01:41:15 PM
Evidence of God's unchanging sovereignty over reality and eternity.

Isaiah 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

God speaks reality & eternity exists or reality & eternity changes to comply.