The Sovereignty of God

“In my classes in the seminary, I raise questions like, “Is God in control of every single molecule in the universe?” When I raise that question, I say, “The answer to that question will not determine whether you are a Christian or a Moslem, a Calvinist or an Arminian, but it will determine whether you are a theist or an atheist.” Sometimes the students can’t see the connection. And I say to them, “Don’t you realize that if there is one molecule in this universe running around loose outside the scope or the sphere of God’s divine control and authority and power, then that single maverick molecule may be the grain of sand that changes the entire course of human history, that blocks God from keeping the promises he has made to his people?” It may be that one maverick molecule that will prevent Christ from the consummation of his kingdom. For if there is one maverick molecule, it would mean that God is not sovereign. If God is not sovereign, then God is not God. If there is any element of the universe that is outside of his authority, then he no longer is God over all. In other words, sovereignty belongs to deity. Sovereignty is a natural attribute of the Creator. God owns what he makes, and he rules what he owns.” R. C. Sproul, Now That’s A Good Question 


2 responses to this post.

  1. I appreciate your post, and I agree with your conclusions. Admittedly though, I wonder if we are best served when we use the Scripture to prove the Sovereignty of God, rather than philosophy. I just did a post on my blog at about the Sovereignty of God revealed in the book of Esther and invite your comments.


  2. Posted by sheepfodder on November 22, 2008 at 10:25 am

    How we attempt to prove the sovereignty of God will depend a great deal on our audience. Nevertheless, I don’t think we should exclude the Scripture in any attempt to prove anything about God, although – again depending on the audience – philosophy can be an aid. Thanks for your comment… sjb


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