The Sovereignty of God Part 2

If you were to ask the average person whether he thought he was a good person he would say yes. If you ask about his friends, he would probably answer in the affirmative. If you were to ask about people in general he would probably say that most people are good people. But what does the Bible say. A rich young ruler said to Jesus, “Good master” Jesus answered back And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God Mat 19:17 very interesting! The Bible says They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one Psalm 14:3 Paul quotes this verse in Romans 3:12 talking about the condition of man in the third chapter. In Genesis chap 6 we read And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually 6:5 Because the people on the earth were so wicked God judged the whole world and everyone on it with a flood. How did man get this way? Wasn’t man created in a beautiful garden and every thing was good as far as God was concerned, so what happened? Unless we read the third chapter of Genesis, we have no idea. We all know Adam and Eve disobeyed God, ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and God said But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen 2:17 But Satan challenged Gods word and said ye shall not surely die: Adam & Eve didn’t know what death was so when they died they didn’t understand what happened nor what it meant, we understand what it meant. We all die physically, which they did hundreds of years later, they died spiritually immediately. Adam did not die in that moment naturally, he died legally; that is to say death was recorded against him. that ye are legally dead; that God considers you as such, that in the day when your father Adam touched the fruit, and when you yourselves did sin, God, the Eternal Judge, put on the black cap and condemned you Scripture saith, ye are “condemned already.” God created man in his own image. God is a tri-unity, so is man. Man is body, soul, & spirit, 3 parts just as God. God could have fellowship with man through the spirit, since God is a Spirit. But when they ate of the fruit their spirit died, meaning they could no longer have fellowship with God because they were “dead” to the things of God because they had sinned, so they were dead in sin. To the Colossians Paul said And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; dead how? Spiritually dead. Notice they had to be “quickened” or made alive. Since we all came from Adam and he sinned, we inherited his nature which was bond to sin. What do I mean?

 

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God they obeyed Satan, they became his slaves. Listen to Paul in Romans 6:17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. When they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they learned evil first, because just after they ate they knew they were naked and were ashamed. Now that same nature was passed on to us and we were born in sin with a dead spirit. David said Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Psalm 51:5 He was speaking of himself. Now the Bible teaches we are all in Adam, and Paul says for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. To be made alive or quickened we must be born again, the spirit must be made alive. To remain in Adam is to remain dead to God and the things of God unless we are born again. So we saw that God judged the earth because they were so sinful and if you read Romans chap 1:20 to the end of the chapter you will see outlined the decline of man from bad to worse. Man was in rebellion to God and God decided to judge men for their sin in bringing a flood on the earth. But we see a man, Noah, who was spared, what do we see? We see Grace, for the scripture says but Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. Gen 6:8 Grace is unmerited favor and Noah found it with God. So he instructed him to build an ark where he and his family would escape the flood. While we read Noah walked with God, notice what we read concerning the eight people who were spared while all the rest died in the flood, And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. Gen 8:21 He said this of man BEFORE he brought the flood and again AFTER and only Noah and his family remained.

In the book of Job which is thought to be one of the oldest of the Bible books, written before the Mosaic law was given listen to what Job had to say about man Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What [is] the Almighty that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him? Job 21:14-15 Now read what Paul wrote to the Romans in Chap 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient Again in Job 15:16 we read How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water? Listen to Jesus as he says And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. He loves it! Has anything changed today? Even some religious people desire not the knowledge of his ways and they don’t retain God in their knowledge. The natural man wants nothing to do with God, will not on his own respond to God, because his spirit is dead to him. Remember Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews who came to Jesus by night, of whom Jesus said you must be born again. Being religious was not enough his spirit had to be revived, “quickened” again. This is the human condition, and man himself cannot fix it with outward actions, because the problem is in the heart. While not all are as sinful as others we are all sinners for the Bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. How short? If you ran and jumped off the pier at Huntington Beach, attempting to reach China, you would miss it by thousands of miles; you wouldn’t even make it to Catalina 26 miles off shore. That’s how far short we come. But what about all the people like those who: have helped people building schools, fed the starving, brought medical attention to people in remote villages, raised thousands of dollars on TV to fight disease, the Bible says But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away Isa 64:6. So if the human condition was not in an impossible state would Jesus have had to come and die on the cross? NO! When Jesus prayed in the garden he said 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. He was saying if salvation can come any other way, do it, but it could not because he told his disciples who said “ who then can be saved” But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible .Mat 19:26 Reading the context will tell the story. As far as God is concerned the human heart is desperately wicked and man doesn’t even know it. Now the question comes does man choose God or does God choose man? Jesus told his disciples Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. Jhn 15:16 and again vs 19 if ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Was it them only that he chose? Paul told the Thessalonians But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: II Thess 2:13 We will develop this more fully as we go on, and the way we believe it happens.

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