Major Beliefs Reading 9 – God’s Sovereignty

Major Beliefs Day 11 – God’s Sovereignty
Acts 17:28 – “for in Him (God) we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children’.”
The culture in which Paul shared the message of Jesus is much like our culture today, very religious yet worshipping an unknown God. Our culture tolerates all types of religion and loves the thought of pluralism and tolerance, yet the fact remains it is religious but not God fearing and in fact does not know God. Paul speaks into that culture and reminds his listeners of the power and the Sovereignty of God, and then he gives them the good news, you can know God and have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.
Let that truth sink in for just a minute, the God who created the world and everything in it, is accessible by us as human beings. We can know Him and have a relationship with Him. Amazing isn’t it? Even more amazing when you consider the power of God. Paul gives us a pretty detailed account of who God is and the attributes of God in Acts 17, he says that God is:
Knowable (v.23)
Creator (v. 24)
Uncontainable (v. 24)
In need of nothing (v. 25)
Personal in that He gives us our very breath (v. 26)
Our provider (v. 26)
In total control (v. 26)
Close to us (v. 27)
Our Father (v. 28)
Divine and Holy (v.29)
Judge (v. 31)
Righteous (v. 31)
Able even to raise the dead (v. 31)
God is that magnificent and amazing, and Paul wants us to see the big picture of who God is. And in the midst of that big picture He gives us the amazing news, this God who is totally Sovereign, who we are wholly dependent on (whether we know it or not), this God is knowable. We can know Him and have a relationship with Him! How? Through the cross and the resurrection of His Son Jesus. Jesus is alive and well, His life and His sacrifice was validated by God when He raised Him from the dead, which means that His sacrifice on the cross was sufficient to take our sins away, to cleanse us, to make us able to stand before this Holy God, to give us a relationship with Him, and to make us His children.
Our culture, like Paul’ is religious, in that it worships many things. Sadly enough however many in our world today do not know God, the good news though is that He is knowable, people do not have to worship in ignorance any longer. We can now know God through His Son Jesus, the one who holds all things together (Colossians 1) and the one in whom we live, move and have our being.

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