How much of what we do everyday is determined by our own actions, and how much is determined by the plan and purposes of God for our life?
Each day, we make a myriad of choices which determine the direction that our life will take on that particular day–and even into the future. If God is sovereign over all the affairs of men, how much influence does our own will play in accomplishing the will of God? The idea behind the Sovereignty of God is that He governs all the events of the earth by His power. Alongside this Sovereignty–God has permitted us the blessing and responsibility we have personally, for our own actions. We see this clearly illustrated in the Life of Jesus, who is described as God–yet allows Himself to be put to death at the hands of evil men. Continue reading “The Sovereignty of God and the Free Will of Men”
Matthew 5:17-48 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
As Jesus takes the leaders of Israel through a list of 7 points in the Law of God, He tells them:
You have heard that it was said… But I say to You…
The Pharisees had developed their own interpretation of the law of God, which was described as their traditions. See Prophecy 192.
Jesus informs the leaders of Israel that their understanding of the law was not correct. In saying this, He was elevating His authority above all other authority. Only God has the right to make law and the ability to correctly interpret those laws. This is a seldom noticed section of scripture which really speaks to the true identity of Jesus. By stating, but I say to you, Jesus is claiming that He is God, the architect of all laws.
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