Maybe I’m late to the discussion on this, but so be it. The 2 camps in debate about the sovereignty of God, well, just seem very dorm-room-debate-like. I used to argue and debate until the wee hours of the morning in college about theology. Not so much anymore. But I am going to pipe in on this topic.
There seems to be a mindset of “God is Holy, but we suck.” Ok, I can see the merit in that to some extent “Our righteousness is as filthy rags.” But the rhetoric of this camp almost suggests that we must beat down man in order to raise up God. Isn’t God Holy in Himself? And how does the Gospel speak to this debate? “For God…” So it starts with God… “…so loved…” And it also begins with love. God so LOVED… who? The world!!! God so loved US. God so loved us who were filthy in our sin.
Now lets get into some more meat of the gospel. “…that He gave His only begotten son…” So Christ DIED for us filthy people – as PAYMENT for us. Now if value is determined by what someone is willing to pay for it, what does that say about our value? A LOT! God GAVE His son to die for us. Get that through your head. We were CREATED in the image of God. We have value! God doesn’t make junk. Now we may do junky things, but “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” That doesn’t effect our value to Him who made us. The Gospel is a story of REDEMPTION.
I heard a Pastor say “you aren’t all that.” Excuse me, but yes I am. Sorry to be so bold about this, but I disagree 100%. Not to be cliche-ic, but, I AM SOMEBODY! I am somebody in CHRIST!!!
So here are my key points:
- God is Holy, sovereign, and great!
- We are created in His image. Sin has jacked that all up. But we still are of value to Him. God doesn’t make junk.
- All people have value to God. All people are in need of a savior. Those who are Christ followers have a special inheritance & eternal life. Our standing has changed and we are no longer at odds with Christ.
- Christ died for us, so that we could be redeemed back to the Father. Hebrews 9:15 says, “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
- God is given glory, not by bringing man down, but by illuminating the Gospel work of a Holy God, extending grace to sinful man and redeeming mankind back to Himself.
- For the life of me I can’t find a verse that says ‘humble one another.’ It does say humble yourself – not others around you. In fact, the Bible says a lot about encouraging, building up, exhorting, and putting others before yourself. You think God finds honor in us beating each other down in the name of ‘God is Holy?’ I think not. In fact, I think it breaks His heart.
In summary, God is Holy and God is great. Not because we suck. But because he loved us in spite of our suckiness. And now we don’t suck any more. Capiche?