Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Sovereignty of God

Jonathan Edwards once stated, "From my childhood up, my mind had been full of objections against the doctrine of God's Sovereignty. It used to appear like a horrible doctrine to me. But I remember the time very well, when I seemed to be convinced, and fully satisfied, as to this Sovereignty of God, and His justice in thus eternally dealing with men, according to His Sovereign pleasure. My mind rested in it; and it put an end to all those quibbles and objections. And there has been a wonderful alteration in my mind, with respect to the doctrine of God's Sovereignty, from that day to this. God's absolute Sovereignty…is what my mind seems to rest assured of, as much as of any thing that I see with my eyes. But I have often, since that first conviction, had quite another kind of sense of God's Sovereignty than I had then. I have often since had not only a conviction, but a delightful conviction. The doctrine has appeared exceedingly pleasant, bright, and sweet. Absolute Sovereignty is what I love to ascribe to God. But my first conviction was not so."

Man naturally resists the idea of God's Sovereignty. J. C. Ryle once commented that "Of all the doctrines of the Bible, none is so offensive to human nature as the doctrine of God’s Sovereignty." Yet, though many in our day strongly resist the idea and the implications of God's Sovereignty in all things; for the Christian, the doctrine continues to be an amazing source of strength, even in the midst of severe difficulty and trial.

You can read the rest of the article on the Sovereignty of God over at Reformation Theology Blog here


At 6:19 AM, Anonymous Barb Kelley said...

Candy, did you work at Summit Adventure several years back?

At 7:29 AM, Blogger candyinsierras said...

Actually Barb, yes I did. How are you doing? How is wonderful Colorado? Nice to hear from you. I still keep in touch with Star from Summit.

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Barb Kelley said...

Candy, how cool to "find" you after all these years (and I must confess that I have no idea what year you were at SA) I would love to get in touch with Star again. At some point the email I had for her became obsolete and I never tracked down a new one.

We actually aren't in Beautiful Colorado anymore...and it WAS wonderful! We're now in the Appalachians in North Carolina--quite a new adventure for a couple of California kids.

I'd love to catch up more. My email is bk@kelleyREMOVE YOu'll need to remove the "REMOVE THIS" from that email addy.

BTW, the last I was there (which has admittedly been a few years) your painting still hangs in the Base Camp kitchen! You left your mark!



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