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We will go and tell this difficulty straight to God. We knelt down and I prayed as though this was the first time in human history that this trouble had ever arisen, and that here was a soul in the most desperate extremity who must believe or perish, and hopelessly unable of it self to do it, and consequently that it was just a case of divine interposition. Upon rising I offered not one single word of comfort or advice. And so I left my friend, in his powerlessness, in the hands of God as his only helper. In a short time he came through the struggle rejoicing in the hope of eternal life.
You see, my friends, the point of stressing God's sovereignty is not to deny man's responsibility, but to exalt the sovereignty of God's mercy and to establish it is He who is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him against that day. And that sinner learned that. Not because he was told that he had the power, but because he was told he did not have the power and the only one who did was God.
And so he had to seek God for the grace that he needed to stand. So here is the objection that Paul is getting. Look at what he ways, first in verse 20, here is Paul's answer part one.
You've missed the boat. God is not on trial here. Make sure you understand what Paul is not saying. Paul is not trying to stifle the discussion here. It's not like an embarrassing question has been addressed to Paul and he doesn't have an answer for it so he just comes back and he presses raw authority. That's not what's happening.
He's not making a brutal appeal to authority to snuff out our inquiry. He's not like some guilty husband saying to his wife, "Well that's just the way it is. He's attempting not to bowl his way through some important question. He's reminding us of two vitally important realities.
The first one is this. We are mere creatures and the very fact of our finitude should warn us to be careful about our deductions and our conclusions and our presuppositions in the realm of the infinite and sovereign. Who are we to say what the Sovereign One who is above heaven and earth can and cannot do? Our minds can't even comprehend all of Him and He has to speak baby talk for us to understand Him.
That's the first thing he's reminding us when he says, "Who are you, O man, who answers that to God? Secondly he's reminding us that no one on earth has a right or reason to call into question God's mercy. There hangs the Son. There hangs the Son of His love. There is no question about the heart of mercy of God the Father. There may be question about my heart of mercy; there may be question about your heart of mercy; but there is no question about the heart of mercy of God the Father. That's not on trial here. Now let me ask you this. Have you shown a heart of mercy to the lost and to your enemies?
God has. His mercy, His justice isn't on trial. Ours may be, but His is not. It's as if Paul is saying, "Look, all those who have done deeds of mercy toward the lost and toward their enemies like God has, you line up in this line right over here and you can ask God that question. Okay, go ahead, form the line. Because though our heart of mercy may indeed deserve some trial, but God's does not. His mercy is indisputable.
It's not up for discussion. That's the first thing that Paul wants us to see in answer to this question. God, as Creator, has sovereign perogatives over His creation. The Bible clearly asserts God's sovereign prerogatives as Creator. Paul goes to an Old Testament illustration. It's a favorite analogy, a favorite illustration in Old Testament books.
It's the picture of the potter and the clay. He is not manageable. You see, so many people, in order to make God safe scale Him down. They domesticate Him. They make Him manageable. And Mrs. Beaver and is asking them about Aslan, the great lion. And Susan asks if Aslan is a man and Mr.
Beaver replies, "Aslan, a man, certainly not. I tell you he's the king of the wood and Son of the great Emperor beyond the sea. Don't you know who is the kind of the beasts? Aslan is a lion, the lion, the great lion. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion. Beaver, "if there is anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking they are either braver than most or else just silly.
Beaver, "don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe. Of course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the king. The king I tell you. There is nothing safe about Him. There is absolutely nothing domesticatable about Him. There is nothing manageable about Him. He is sovereign, and let me say that if He weren't merciful and that if He weren't just, He's so sovereign that there is nothing we could do about it.
But you see the place that we run for our safety if not the denial of His sovereignty. We run to two places, the Bible says.
We offer these desires up as prayer requests to God and he answers them. We often experience many delays to our deep and earnest desires offered up in prayer. Our faith is tested as to whether we still believe that God cares. But when the answer to prayer comes we go back to Romans and acknowledge that the Holy Spirit was the first author of that prayer. He uses the consciences of men to channel their thoughts.
God uses his providence events of life sent our way by God to mold and direct our lives. He uses the Bible to teach us and change our way of thinking and acting. There are many who are not savingly changed by these influences. We know that there are many who hear the gospel and are exposed to these same influences, but not all are converted. What is the difference? He is the one who saves. And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? It is sad to say, but it is true that we all want our own selfish ways Isaiah and will continue in them until God intervenes and turns us around.
We cannot understand why God does not decree everything that is good and pleasing to him. He does allow much evil and suffering to exist in this fallen, rebellious world. He must in his infinite wisdom have a higher purpose to accomplish. We cannot grasp it right now in this life, but we must trust him because we know he is just and holy and good and wise in all his ways Deuteronomy ; Psalm We do know that the presence of evil and suffering are used to remind us that this world is under a curse and it should cause us to set our final hope on the new heavens and new earth that God is going to establish when he destroys this one 2 Peter Beyond this there are many things that we cannot explain in this life.
Sovereignty believed produces humility, awe, and comfort. Why do we say this? Think about it. Here is a person who is upset at what the Bible plainly teaches. Something is wrong with that! Some people are even argumentative. Some are surprised because they have been a Christian so long and no one has ever taught it to them.
We must approach the subject in with a teachable spirit. For who hath resisted his will? Nay but O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus? The famous preacher Charles Spurgeon said that he passed from being a boy to being a man when he embraced the truths of these words in Romans chapter nine. Surely, I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. When we use terms like this, it ought to be our intention to express that God is not the author of sin or that God is never cruel to his people.
We should never use this kind of expression i. They want to sin and they are responsible for their sins. Psalm Even so God is still in control of sinful creatures, though they are still the authors of their sinful desires and actions. I knew of a Christian woman who was sexually assaulted as she was alone in a small laundry room in back of her apartment complex.
She was devastated emotionally. She continued in shock, in fear, and in humiliating sorrow for a time. Thankfully, as a believer she was able to turn to the Word of God and take comfort from the fact that God is sovereign and so he must have an overruling purpose. If such a man were caught in Old Testament days he would have been killed. This is what God thinks of his sin. But what do we say to the woman?