The Supremacy of God

18 10 2007

In “The Attributes of God” (Baker Book House, Grand Rapids Michigan – 2001) (http://www.pbministries.org/books/pink/Attributes/attributes.htm) Arthur W. Pink discusses the Supremacy of God.

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Personal Observations:

The pace of life has been moving along pretty quickly this week, with work-related activities demanding my attention outside of Colby, Kansas from Monday morning through Thursday afternoon, and with more time to be spent away from Colby on family activities from Friday afternoon – through Saturday evening. There is much good to be accomplished through these family and work related activities – I am not complaining about them or ungrateful.

Even with all this traveling around and busy activity, I hope to keep in mind worshipful, appreciative, and trusting thoughts toward God. God is divine and supreme – He is above all and sovereignly in control of all the things. I need to remember that all the activities and paths of my life are part of God’s plan, His sovereign decree over all things. Lord, I trust You regarding the path I am on – may I carry out these tasks and responsibilities with Your zeal and strength for Your purposes. May You be honored in all things I and my family are involved in in life.

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Following are more thoughts from A. W. Pink on the Supremacy of God. Most but not all of the formatting and textual emphasis in what follows below are my efforts to highlight particular parts of Pink’s text.

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A. Our Thoughts About God are typically “too small”

  • Men imagine that the Most High is moved by sentiment, rather than actuated by principle.
  • They suppose that His omnipotency is such an idle fiction that Satan is thwarting His designs on every side.
  • They think that if He has formed any plan or purpose at all, then it must be like theirs, constantly subject to change.
  • They openly declare that whatever power He possesses must be restricted, lest He invade the citadel of man’s “free will” and reduce him to a “machine.”
  • They lower the all efficacious Atonement, which has actually redeemed everyone for whom it was made, to a mere “remedy,” which sin-sick souls may use if they feel disposed to;
  • and they enervate the invincible work of the Holy Spirit to an “offer” of the Gospel which sinners may accept or reject as they please.”

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B. God’s Absolute, Universal Supremacy is Revealed in Scripture

  • Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory and the majesty: for all in the heaven and all in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as Head above all. . . .And Thou reignest over all” (1 Chron. 29:11, 12)……
  • O Lord God of our fathers, art not Thou, God in heaven? and rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in Thine hand is there not power and might, so that none (not even the Devil himself) is able to withstand Thee?” (2 Chron. 20:6). Before Him presidents and popes, kings and emperors, are less than grasshoppers.
  • But He is in one mind, and who can turn Him? and what His soul desireth, even that He doeth” (Job 23:13).

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C. God is the Supreme King of Kings and Lord of Lords

“….the God of Scripture is no make-believe monarch, no mere imaginary sovereign, but King of kings, and Lord of lords. I know that Thou canst do everything, and that no thought of Thine can be hindered” (Job 42:3, margin), or, as another translator, “no purpose of Thine can be frustrated.”

All that He has designed He does. All that He has decreed, He performs. “But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased” (Psa. 115.3); and why has He? Because “there is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord” (Prov 21:30).

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D. God is Supreme over All His Creation

  • At His pleasure the Red Sea divided and its waters stood up as walls (Ex. 14);
  • … the earth opened her mouth, and guilty rebels went down alive into the pit (Num. 14).
  • When He so ordered, the sun stood still (Josh. 10);
  • … on another occasion went backward ten degrees on the dial of Ahaz (Isa. 38:8).
  • To exemplify His supremacy, He made ravens carry food to Elijah (1 Kings 17),
  • … iron to swim on top of the waters (2 Kings 6:5),
  • … lions to be tame when Daniel was cast into their den,
  • … fire to burn not when the three Hebrews were flung into its flames.

Thus “Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places” (Psa. 135:6).

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E. God’s Supremecy is Revealed in the New Testament

F. Resting Upon God’s Supremacy in our hearts

  • A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps” (Prov. 16:9). What assurance, what strength, what comfort should this give the real Christian!
  • My times are in Thy hand” (Ps. 31:15).
  • Then let me “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7).

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