Category Archives: Sovereignty of God

“In the West, we’ve lost the practice of lamenting. In contrast, the ancient Hebrews were constantly in God’s face.” Paul Miller

In Ruth chapter 1, upon the death of Naomi’s husband and two sons, her daughters-in-law request to continue living with her. But Naomi urges them not, saying, “No, my daughters, for it is more bitter for me than you that the … Continue reading

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Mitch Chase on the roadblock in his heart regarding divine predestination: “I didn’t want an electing God.”

A biblical view of predestination affirms both divine rule and human responsibility. More than anything else the doctrine of predestination asserts God’s sovereign freedom as the Potter who can do whatever he wants with whomever he wants. Years ago when … Continue reading

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John Frame: “Does God choose us for salvation and then move us to respond, or do we first choose him and thereby motivate him to choose us for salvation?”

Commenting on Ephesians 1:4-6 and 2 Timothy 1:9, Here we learn of God’s choice (election is the theological term) of a people for himself, before the foundation of the world… [Salvation] is therefore ultimately by divine appointment, divine choice (cf. … Continue reading

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Henri Nouwen on the new birth and being freed from resentment, “Indeed, something has to happen that I myself cannot cause to happen.”

Writing about the elder son in Luke 15:11-32, My resentment [toward others] is not something that can be easily distinguished and dealt with rationally. It is far more pernicious: something that has attached itself to the underside of my virtue. … Continue reading

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Charles Spurgeon on how he came to see that “God was at the bottom of it all” as it regards his conversion

When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seking me. I do not think the young convert is at first … Continue reading

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David Turner on the sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man in Jesus’ preaching (Matthew 11:25-30)

Here Turner is commenting on Matthew 11:25-30 where Jesus states that “…no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him,” and in the same breath makes an appeal to his listeners, … Continue reading

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Spurgeon on Depravity, Election, and Evangelism

Men must be told that they are dead, and that only the Holy Spirit can quicken them; that the Spirit works according to his own good pleasure, and that no man can claim his visitations or deserve his aid. This … Continue reading

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