Sunday, October 29, 2006

God's awesome sovereignty!

Acts 4v25-28
"'Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain? 26The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'
27for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place."

What does the conspiring of mankind and plotting in crucifying Jesus in v25-27 achieve?
V28 it ends up doing whatever God’s hand and plan had predestined to take place.
It fulfils God’s eternal plan.
God is sovereign. He is totally in control. We can’t catch him out.
God is so in control of this universe that the whole world coming together against him and executing his Son, far from defeating his plans, fulfils his very salvation plan from the beginning of time!
We wave our puny fists in God’s face and try to overthrow Jesus’ kingship and all along we just end up fulfilling God’s plan.
That is why it is utter folly to oppose God. That is why the peoples plot in vain. That is why the Lord laughs at the Kings that unite together in opposing him.

If the sovereign Lord of the universe is on your side and all his opponents efforts just fulfil his plans – what is there to fear?
Think of a few chapters on in Acts. Stephen gets martyred for his faith in chapter 7. This leads to the church scattering to Samaria and people getting converted there… fulfilling 1v8. Jesus’ commission to take the gospel to Jerusalem, Judea and then Samaria. Opposition leads to God’s plans being fulfilled. So don’t fear it, but be bold.
Stephen’s angelic-like behaviour at his stoning is also a factor in Saul’s conversion who then gets converted and ends up writing half the New Testament whilst taking the gospel to the ends of the earth – again fulfilling 1v8 - Jesus’ commission to take the gospel to Jerusalem, Judea and then Samaria and then the ends of the earth.
Opposition, in God’s sovereignty, ends up fulfilling his purposes. So don’t fear it, but be bold, trusting that in ALL THINGS, positive and negative God is working for the good of those who love him and achieving his grand salvation purposes! Wow - what a God! Let's never diminish his sovereignty - it is to his glory!


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