Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Supremacy of God

The fifth chapter in Arthur Pink's book The Attributes of God (Baker Books, 1975) is entitled "The Supremacy of God.” Pink is very concerned that the “god” of the modern pulpit is “all too human.” He writes, “The ‘god’ of this twentieth century no more resembles the Supreme Sovereign of Holy Writ than does the dim flickering of a candle the glory of the midday sun” (36). But to Pink’s mind God is either absolutely supreme or he is not God at all. “A ‘god’ whose will is resisted, whose designs are frustrated, whose purpose is checkmated, possesses no title to Deity, and so far from being a fit object of worship, merits nought [sic] but contempt” (36).

With this, Pink moves along to prove his case positively, mostly by quoting Scripture. For example, “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:11-13). “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2). “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). “The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1). “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works [this word means ‘effectually works] all things according to the counsel of his will…” (Ephesians 1:11).

The Scriptures so plainly display the supremacy of God over inanimate things (Exodus 14, Numbers 16, Joshua 10), animate things (1 Kings 17, 2 Kings 6:5, Psalm 135:6), and the human will (Exodus 34:24, Proverbs 21:1, Ephesians 2:1-10) as to make the doctrine an undeniable tenet of the faith. And this ought to bring great comfort to the believing soul. Pink concludes:

“Here then is a sure resting-place for the heart. Our lives are neither the product of blind fate nor the result of capricious chance, but every detail of them was ordained from all eternity, and is now ordered by the living and reigning God. Not a hair of our heads can be touched without his permission…What assurance, what strength, what comfort this should give the real Christian” (39).

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