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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD


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THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD

(1) Scripture sets forth the sovereignty of God.

(2) It makes known the irreversibleness of His will. Acts 15:18, Ephesians 3:21. To this end He created the world and formed man. Revelation 13:8. The fall anticipated (Abraham saw my day and rejoiced). His purposes originated in eternity.

(3) It repudiates salvation by works. Proverbs 14:12, John 1:12. Man's responsibility. Romans 9:16. To say that the sinner’s salvation is dependant upon the action of his own will is heresy.

(4) The sovereignty of God is a battering ram against human pride and lack of humility. The spirit of the age is to boast, and glorify proud flesh. We were not born of the will of flesh.

(5) It affords us a sense of absolute security. Psalm 91:

(6) It supplies comfort in sorrow. The doctrine of God's sovereignty is full of consolation and this brings peace. Psalm 139:7-12, Romans 8:35.

(7) It evokes a song of praise. Why should He choose me, a rebel?

(8) It guarantees the final triumph of good over evil. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.

The order is that doctrine comes first.
The same order is seen throughout the epistles.
There’s not one admonition in the first five chapters of Romans.
Ephesians has no exhortations until fourth chapter.
We have substituted so called practical teaching for doctrinal exposition; this is the cause of many of the evil maladies in the church today.


Romans 6 Romans 12 Galatians 2 Habakkuk 2
They will not endure sound doctrine, but readily receive false doctrine. When the soul is not established in the doctrine of the divine inspiration of scripture there can be no firm foundation for faith to rest upon.
1. Energizing power. Ephesians 1:18.
2. Preserving power. Psalm 97:10
3. Directive power. Proverbs 16:9.
God's sovereign grace and the believers’ growth into maturity
If God has fore-ordained everything ... why are we to "exercise ourselves unto Godliness"?
If God has before ordained good works Ephesians 2:10. Then why be careful to maintain good works?

Titus 3:8
. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
The problem with human responsibility is. It should be enough that "God has bidden us". Nowhere does scripture encourage fatalistic indifference.

The word to every believer is in Philippians 3:14. We must press in. Move on. Leave some behind.
A proper apprehension of God's sovereignty will not hinder, but help the development of character.
The first prerequisite of a sinner is despair of any help from self; so the loss of all confidence in self is the first essential in the believer’s growth.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Isaiah 40:29-31 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Titus 3:8
. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

2 Corinthians 12:10. The law is impossible – yet Jesus magnified it - love your enemies. Secret is recognition of our own powerlessness should cast us upon Him who has all power.

MEMORY AND RECOLLECTION


Matt 5:23-24; Exodus 22:26-27.

Recollection is the readiness; the ability to bring to mind and lay your hand or on what is required. We know that it is somewhere in our possession, we remember that we have seen it, even though sometimes we cannot find it.

At the Table of the Lord there is a moment of quickened recollection as we come before God.
“When thou bringest thy gift to the Altar, and there remember?
The Divine searchlight shines brightest here.
Conscience is a keen quickener of our recollections.
What has thy brother against you?
What have you against your brother?
Have you taken his covering from him?
Leave your gift.
First be reconciled.

Humility is necessary in every approach to God. Nothing humbles near as much as to confess our faults to our brethren.

Truth is necessary in all our dealings with God. Psalm 50: says, “Thou desirest truth in the inward parts”.

Transparency before God and one another:
Sincerity in confession of sin is essential to finding our peace with God.
How can we be sure our confession is sincere unless it costs us something more than words?
Romans 12:1-3 “Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the good and well-pleasing perfect will of God is. For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith”.

FOUNTAIN OF FORGIVENESS


Matthew 26: 26.
Zechariah 13: 1.

The blood of Jesus:
No theme is more essential than forgiveness. It begins with an understanding of the power of blood of Jesus.

Matthew 26: 26-39.
Only four days after the triumphant entry; the warmth of fellowship in the upper room; he says “This is My body” as He looks back 33 years. The Word became flesh from eternity past, to eternity future.
Psalms 40:6-8 sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Heb. in the midst of my bowels (KJV)

Hebrews 10: “A body hast thou prepared me”. This is My blood drink ye all of it.
The cross becomes the pivot of everything that He is doing to man, in man, and for man.

Matt 24:28.
New Covenant is sealed in blood, ratified by blood, centered in blood. Under the old covenant covering for sin was made by blood. Although imperfect it was acceptable to God until?
Evidence of its imperfections was the constant endless cycle of feasts and sacrifices culminating year by year in the great Day of Atonement.
Had there been a perfect sacrifice there would never have been the need of one more. This theme runs right through the book of Hebrews.
Right from the fall blood must be offered to cover for sin. Life for Life Promise given in Genesis 3:15.
The covenant is to whosoever will may come John 1:12. . Satan attacks it. Man philosophers trivialize it and say He died as an example. He was noble; grand role model; but no! He is far more than that.

Matthew 26:28
.
Upper room again John 20:23
Jesus establishing remission of sin, (to send away) He remitted our sins through blood.
In the garden a man (Adam) lost his life; and lost his rulership.
He also went to a garden Gethsemane (the wine press) to restore both of these.
Before this can be done, the price must be paid. The payment for this is death.
In Gethsemane He began the process that led to Calvary where the full price for our redemption was fully paid. The price paid was death.
There is no way that we can pay and go free.
Promise is given in Gen 3:15 “seed of the woman”.
Precept established where an Animal is slain and covering made through death for sin.
First murder was over whether to go God’s way or Cain’s.

Matthew 26:39-44 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he comes unto the disciples, and finds them asleep, and said unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

Hebrews 2:18; 4:15
Then He proceeds to Calvary.
Seven statements on the cross:
First thing He says, “Father forgive them”.
And so a fountain of forgiveness is opened.
Hebrews 10:7 Then I said, 'Behold I have come. In the volume of the book it is written of Me to do Your will, O God."
What can wash away my sin?
There’s power in the blood…
There is a fountain filled with blood.
Oh the blood of Jesus….
And can it be…
The Price
Why did it have to be blood?
Because flesh drew its life from blood, and its flesh and blood in a human body that He wants to save to heal.
Its humanity He’s interested in.
Drink ye all of it; fully imbibe.
Zech 13:1. Opened in the house of David a fountain for sin and uncleanness.
Blood and water flowed forth from His side. All relationship with God in its introduction and development is typified in blood and water. John 19:34.
Washed cleansed forgiven by blood, borne on by the purposes of God by a stream that flows forth from His word. Psa 46: 1 John 5:6-8.
Fountain begins with an understanding of the power of the blood of Jesus.
Rev 12: 11, 17.
in the last days overcomers. It’s important to understand the power of the blood.

Three things happen when you know the grounds of your relationship.
(a) Condemnation can never hold you in its grip. Rom 8:1. Rom 8:31-39.
(b) The accusations of Satan stirring up memories, factual and false driven into the background of your ignorance. Col 2:13-15.
(c) You can triumph over intimidation. The God couldn’t use me kind. 2 Cor 1:1-9.
The blood of Jesus cleanses us and makes us worthy vessels to be filled with His Spirit and used by Him. 2 Cor 4:7. Intimidated by what you aren’t and all that I feel that I’m not Isa 58:8.
Thy health shall spring forth. It all flows from the cross and our understanding of it. Jer 30:17. Jer 33:6.
Unto Him that loved us ….bought us with His blood. Worthy is the Lamb who has redeemed us with His blood. Rev 5:9. If ever you feel intimidated then you need a drink!

THE FRUIT OF FORGIVENESS

Matthew 18:21, 25.

“Kingdom is like”.
Where ever His Kingdom is in power and in authority it is like this.
We have looked at the Power of the blood – fountain. We have looked at the “Foundation of forgiveness” – His justifying word. Hebrews 10:17.
We see the Feast of forgiveness given by a welcoming Father. Luke 15:20-24.
Now let us look at the Fruit of forgiveness.

The same forgiving trait from me - that came to me. The forgiven becoming the forgiver.
Need for B.O.H.S. and fruit of the Spirit.
Hebrews 9:13. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can bring us to this.
What ability Jesus had to go to the cross was received from a supernatural power. “Father forgive them”. Eph 5:11-15 Awake! The Holy Spirit gave to Him.

Peter’s question
Vs 21 How many times?
Vs 22 Answer.
Vs 23-35 the parable sets forth all the problems connected with an unforgiving spirit.
Matthew 5:23. Let’s identify some of these terms.
(a) Adversary = someone who is offended by us
(b) Agree = come into harmony
(c) Quickly = now!
(d) King = heavenly Father
(e) 10,000 talents = medium of exchange = $200 million.

This amount is an example of the greatness of the forgiveness of our God. It’s an unpayable debt. How can one man pay such a debt? Psa 40:12.
This parable is undoubtedly talking about us in our unregenerate state.
Vs 25 sell everything, wife, children it still won’t pay the debt. It shows the effect of our indebtedness to God has upon our immediate family. No man sins to himself.

It shows how great a debt we have been forgiven.
Vs 26 he fell flat on his face at his feet and worshipped.
He asked for patience instead of forgiveness. Just give me time to work out how I can bury it; forget it, Ill work it out he says. How ridiculous, this loser trusts in his own ability to pay the debt, rather than be a repentant sinner seeking mercy. Eph 2:8. How hard it is for some people to admit they are wrong.
You can ignore it but it WILL go on your credit record.
Vs 27 He loosed him and forgave him the debt.

Question: Is there anyone I need to release, unloose, and unbind?

Vs 28 Forgiveness is designed to channel through you not to stop with you. If it does it will poison you.
Vs 26, 29 both begged the same thing. The man in Vs 29 at least had a chance of repaying the debt; 100 pence @ penny a day.
But no, Vs30 he threw him into prison where he could never work to pay it off. Conveniently cut him out of his life.
Comparison of 100 pence and 10,000 talents.

Question: Have we put anyone in an impossible situation?
Spirit of rejection Rom 12: 9, 10. Let love be without dissimulation = to Pretend and conceal ones real feelings.
We have all done it. And we knew that we were doing it, and we still pretended.
Jealousy, mockery, bitterness, Grudging, anger, envy, and hatred are all these are traits of any unforgiving attitude. The human frame cannot carry these traits and remain unaffected physically.
“For this cause many are weak and sickly.”
There’s mental as well as physical strain carrying grudges.

The table is a feast of forgiveness.
Eph 4: 32. “Be kind hearted, to each other, forgiving one another as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you”.
The elder son said “your son” not my brother.
Truly a forgiven person has a tremendous investment place in him.

Vs 32 Wicked servant = malignant, evilly disposed unpropitious, likely to prove fatal.
Vs 34 He lived a miserable existence for the rest of his life, forever harassed by the debt collector.
He spent his life in a prison of his own making.
God help us to realize the great pressure we are under when we fail to forgive.
That your prayers be not hindered.
For if I regard iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.

THE FOUNDATION OF OUR FORGIVENESS

Romans 1:1-18, 19; 3: 23.
Romans 3:24-28. The principle verse is 28.
That declares a man is justified by faith, without the deeds of the Law.
This statement sparked the Reformation.

The desire of God is to set us free from our inbuilt readiness to receive condemnation, in spite of the fact that we have been forgiven. And our striving to work it off as one would a debt.
Thereby commending ourselves to Him...
The basic problem:
Is ignorance of God’s declaration in His word?
Answer to problem:
Understanding the word of God opens the door to freedom.
Conquering the problem:
Confessing the word of God establishes the victory in our lives.
The strength is in the foundation:
Any thing built is only as strong as the foundation it’s built on.

The word “justified”. In one form or another appears several times in these verses.
(a) Just = true
(b) Justified = acquitted
(c) Justifier = acquitter.
Justified is a legal term meaning acquitted or not guilty.
We don’t have to live under the shadow of God’s disapproval because of the mistakes of the past.
It is a legal term describing the fact that the one accused, the indicted party, the one summoned to trial has been regarded as though he never did anything worthy of the accusation.; Its Forgiven and forgotten. No even more than that; it’s just as though I had never sinned.

What about the future?
God did not lower His standard to receive us, but provided a salvation so mighty that we can stand completely justified in His sight.
He knew and numbered my days.
He knew what I needed.
He is able to keep…….against that day.
He didn’t just erase everything up until the day I got saved and afterwards say from now on you’re on your own.
Isaiah 55:8 my thoughts are higher than yours.
This is His clear cut promise.
We are justified by faith Rom 3:28; by grace 5:1, by blood 5:9, by the resurrection, 4:25.
Romans 3:24-28.
The fountain of our forgiveness is:
Redemption through the Blood
Redeem = buy back.
Blood = price paid.
Remission = sent away.
Justification = pronouncement made = God’s declaration.
“I declare they never sinned in the first place”.
Colossians 2:14
He built a universe on His word. Let the Gabble ring.
If God said it (and He did) I believe it and that settles it for me.
Here are some prepared portions for conquering condemnation:
Isaiah 55:8.
Rejoice in the clear declarations of total forgiveness.
Jeremiah 31:34.
Hebrews 10: 16-18. Matthew 21:18-22. What about recurring patterns? 70 x 7.
Psalm 103:10-12.
Destructive ideas:
Isaiah 44:22.
Micah 7:18-19. 1 John 1:9.
John 6: 37.
Romans 8:31-32.
Romans 8:1.

We are slow to come for we think that God doesn’t forget.
You say I can’t understand it. Well there are lots of things I can’t understand. Trinity; the Virgin birth; things made out of nothing.
But we are not whistling in the dark, we are walking in the light. Isaiah “come now let us reason together. It finally boils down to your words about you, or His words about you.


 
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