To God Alone Be the Glory – Sermon on Predestination, Sovereignty of God, and Providence from Romans Chapter 8.
All of us Christians can agree God is sovereign but how does God exercise his sovereign will? Did God merely look into the future and see who would choose him and decree those who would choose Him are those “called” of God? Even a general reading of scripture reveals God working and sustaining His creation, guiding, decreeing and bringing about things that come to pass. How much credit can man take?
Let us examine Romans 8:28-31, the conclusion is made in verse 31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
These verses are outlining God’s role in salvation, he foreknew, He predestined, He called, He justified, and He glorified. To give man any credit in this chain of events transfers some of the credit to man.
So you ask, don’t we choose Him? Yes, as God inclines our heart we willing make the choice to choose Him.
What is the point in all of this? If it God who does all of this for us, there is security in salvation. No matter what comes against you, you will ultimately prevail. Thus we can say with confidence, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” and we can also say, “all things work together for good.”
So, our role is planning and watering, look what scripture says, 1 Corinthians 3:7 ESV So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
In 73 AD a community on Mt. Masada was encamped by Roman soldiers. The Romans eventually broke through and conquered the area. Recently several seeds were found from an extinct palm date tree, these seeds were planted in 2005 and one of them grew. Nearly 2,000 years later a seed grows. The tree that grew was named Methuselah, and in 2012 the tree was still growing. Man planted, man watered but God made it grow.
Can man take credit for giving life? Man has the ability to take physical live but not to give life. Does the dead person revive himself? Ephesians 2:1 ESV And you were dead in the trespasses and sins. To God be the Glory.
This topic could be covered in a series of sermons, but we press forward in Romans. It will come up again in chapter 9.
Sermon preached at One Way Christian Center Church in Olustee, OK on April 27 2014, by Pastor Bryan Walker
- Romans 8:28 - 31