This is the third and last blog on the topic of “Sovereignty.” I heard an old hymn today; I know I’ve said be careful about getting your theology from hymns and choruses, but this seemed right on for the sovereignty of God: “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” (Martin Luther, Ein Feste Burg,1529.)
Do You Know what a “bulwark” is…as in verse one, “never failing”? An “above ground defensive structure that forms part of a fortification…a bastion, parapet, citadel, stronghold.” (The Merriam-Webster Thesaurus. Pocket Books, Simon and Schuster, N.Y., 1978.) The rest of verse one describes our battle against Satan, but God is …“Our helper, He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to do us woe; his craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.” This suggests that Satan is supreme on earth. But, he cannot stand against the God.
Verse two tells us that we can’t trust in our own strength, and that God’s chosen, Jesus, is on our side. He is the “same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8. Christ must win. We know in the end, He does.
Verse 3 continues, “And though this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him, his rage we can endure; for lo, his doom is sure, one little word shall fell him.”
Verse four says that, the word stands strong, in spite of earthly evil powers. God has given us the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts, and Christ is on our side. Even if we die, God’s truth remains, and God’s kingdom is forever. We can take courage from this truth. God is ultimately in control. Satan gets involved as much as possible to mess things up. People make choices, hopefully within the will of God. But, mistakes have consequences. Though we struggle, we can prevail with Christ.
Let’s look at the beginning and the end. Do You Know the first four words in the Bible? “In the beginning God….” Genesis 1:1 God existed before the beginning. If you add the 5th word, “created,” God is the author of all things. Now, turn to Revelation 20:1-2 and 10; Satan ends up in the Pit. “…be of good cheer; I (Christ) have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Further encouragement in the sovereignty of God: Isaiah 33:22; Isaiah 43:13; I Chronicles 29:11-13; Psalm 103:19; Proverbs 16:1-4 and 9. Luke 18:27; Acts 17:26-28; Romans 11:36; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 4:6; Phil. 2:9-11; Col. 1:13-20; 2 Tim. 1:9; Rev. 1:17-18; Rev. 22:17 and 20.