Sovereignty of God
By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
The "Sovereignty of God is clearly spelled out in Romans"
Yet, Paul is poured out and sorrowful, and in (10:1) is worshiping and in (11:33-36) is praying. Calvin spends more time speaking on the responsibility of men and prayer than anything else in the acronym of TULIP! The big picture is God is totally Sovereign, and we have free will and responsibility! God's sovereignty does not nullify our responsibility and calls! Free will and sovereignty go together like roots and leaves, they may not need each other from God's perspective, but they do from ours.
Spurgeon says, "they are friends"!
Augustine says, "we must work and do as it all depends on us, and pray and trust as it all depended on God"!
The God who ordains the ends (from creation to salvation) and numbers our hairs, also ordains the means to the ends: That our prayers, witness and free will is God's foreordained decree which is far beyond our feeble understanding and choices we make.
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© 1992, 2001 R.J. Krejcir, Into Thy Word www.intothyword.com
The question that the Blood demands is this: Do we fully understand that we have been rescued from sin and darkness and from hopeless despair? Has that hit home? Are you filled with gratitude because of what Christ has done? To venture further in the faith beyond our saving faith, we have to take heed and be encouraged that God is our rescuer! Therefore, we are to respond in gratitude for His provision and gifts!
Repentance is the result of the acknowledgment of what Christ has done, and not the cause of Christ giving you grace.
A paradox is an apparent contradiction that under careful study reveals a deeper truth.