Reflections on the Sovereign Will of God

This is the first of what I hope will be many blog posts. These will be reflections on what the Lord is teaching me, on what I have been teaching in the fellowship at Paris Bible Church, and applications of both to our daily lives.
For the last three weeks, we’ve been considering the will of God. We talked about the revealed will, which is all of the commands, precepts, laws, statutes, and ways He reveals in the Bible. We also have studied the secret will. This is how orthodox theologians refer to the plans and events that God has known and ordained from eternity, but that humans cannot see until they unfold in time.
Now some applications: If our God, the God of the Bible, is eternal (has no beginning nor end and dwells outside of the bounds of time in an eternity that He rules), if He is omniscient (able to know with absolute certainty every thought, intent, and motive of each human heart and every moment and event of time and eternity), if He is omnipotent (has absolute power to accomplish everything He wills), if He is infinite (without any limit in knowledge, wisdom, presence, power, riches, love and compassion), if He is independent (not dependent on any other creature for existence or any of His attributes) then these perfections should be the ground of all our understandings about God and His will.
That all of these things are true about our God and that possessing these attributes He has chosen to love a fallen race, humans who live in rebellion against Him—this is amazing and should strike all those who believe in the God of the Bible with awe. That Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God and Very God Himself, would of His own will come to live among humans and then to sacrifice Himself that we might come to live eternally with the Father through faith in Him is the most astounding truth we can know.
Let us not for a moment think that Jesus was somehow obligated to save us. Let us not think that Christ came and gave Himself for us because He looked down and saw us in such misery and “finally” had compassion on helpless humans. Peter, preaching at Pentecost by the revelation of the Holy Spirit said, “ Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken[c] by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;” Acts 2: 23, and Revelation 13: 8 says He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” This means that in His knowledge, His power, His sovereignty, His eternity—in all of His perfections, He determined to save us before He created us or the creation in which we live.
So for those who are His, the ones our Father has called to Himself, what does this mean? It means His love for us is not conditioned upon what we do, and especially not upon what we are—for that is fallen and failed. Rather, His love for us is conditioned upon Himself, upon His eternal compassion that loved us before we loved Him, before we received His salvation, before we came to Him by repentance and faith, before we were born, even before Adam sinned. And if His love is from eternity, then it is also to eternity.
On an intimate and personal level, this means that if you have read this far, you did so because you want to know about the God of the Bible. It probably means you have indeed trusted in Christ because the Holy Spirit drew you to Him by grace. You have a relationship, then, with a heavenly Father who loves you, who, in fact, created you to love you. You are deeply and eternally loved by a God who knows everything about you, and has since before you were born. May the Holy Spirit give the grace to take joy and comfort in that love.

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