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Christian Theology and a Sovereign God

QUESTION: Christian Theology – Sovereign God


Besides believing that God is a personal God and has communicated His nature to us, Christians believe that God is self-determining—that is, sovereign in regard to His will. God’s self-determination is described in Daniel 4:35: “And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What hast Thou done?’”

Christian Theology – God’s Patience and Faithfulness
In addition to being self-determining, the God of the Bible is moral. Proverbs 15:3 warns us that God distinguishes between good and evil, and that He is concerned with our morality. (See also Proverbs 5:21.) God’s uncompromisingly moral character is one of the most crucial aspects of His being. A true understanding of God’s absolute goodness leads us unerringly to the conclusion that each of us has an acute need for a Redeemer.

Long-suffering patience and faithfulness are also personality traits of God. God’s willingness to delay His judgment upon the Israelites when they worshipped the golden calf (Exodus 32:11–14) and His faithful promise to save the believer from eternal judgment (John 10:28) are prime examples of His patience and faithfulness.


Rendered with permission from the book,Understanding the Times: The Collision of Today’s Competing Worldviews(Rev. 2nd ed), David Noebel, Summit Press, 2006. Compliments of John Stonestreet, David Noebel, and the Christian Worldview Ministry at Summit Ministries. All rights reserved in the original.

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