Friday, April 20, 2012

Heavy Stuff

Re-reading The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink.

Not too far into it -- just Chapter 3 -- I am reading the section on God's Sovereignty over Men.  The choices are between the human race being beyond God's control, that He is helpless to achieve His purposes over and against our rebellion, or that He is able achieve His Will.

"We mean, not merely that He may overrule the effects of the actions of evil-doers, nor that He will yet bring the wicked to stand before His judgment-bar so that sentence of punishment may be passed upon them -- multitudes of non-Christians believe these things -- but, we mean, that every action of the most lawless of His subjects is entirely beneath His control, yes that the actor is, though unknown to himself, carrying out the secret decrees of the Most High God. Was it not thus with Judas? and is it possible to select a more extreme case? If then the arch-rebel was performing the counsel of God -- is it any greater tax upon our faith to believe the same of all rebels?"

Wow!  I read that paragraph a few times.  This, at least for me, involves unpacking the concept of "free will" - we are responsible for the choices we make - but yet understanding that we are always performing the counsel of God.  Chew on that for a minute.  Think about the fact that Judas was performing the counsel of God.

Heavy stuff.