Sovereign Grace Apologetics

Writing for God's glory! http://www.sgapologetics.com/ By Jeremy Hull

Common Grace Refuted #2

In reading about Common Grace I also came across this quote which I believes nails the idea that I have presented to many, though not many agreed!

“In His providence God provides for all His creatures (Acts 17:25). This means that God gives many good gifts to the wicked, including not only rain and sunshine, food and shelter, life and breath, but also a rational mind, a will, and a spirit.

Many conclude from this that God loves the wicked and is gracious to them. These things, they say, are God’s “common grace,” His grace for all, a grace that does not lead them to salvation but is nevertheless a testimony to them of God’s favor and love to them. A common providence, however, is not the same as a common grace, and the two should not be confused. Nor does the Bible ever use the word grace to describe these common operations of God’s providence.

This is not to deny that the gifts God gives the wicked are good gifts (James 1:17). But because God may give them good gifts does not mean that He loves them or is gracious to them. To say that God gives good gifts to the wicked still says nothing about why God gives those good gifts. The Bible teaches that He has other reasons than love or mercy for giving good gifts to the wicked. He gives them these good gifts in His wrath, as a snare to them (Ps. 11:5; Prov. 14:35; Rom. 11:9), for a curse (Prov. 3:33), and for their destruction (Ps. 92:7). By these gifts He sets them in slippery places and casts them down to destruction (Ps. 73:18 in the context of verses 3–7). This is clearly seen in the way the wicked use these gifts to sin against God and to make themselves worthy of condemnation.

This is so true that we are even commanded in Scripture to imitate God in our dealings towards our enemies—to do good to them, and to do it in the understanding that if they do not repent and believe, our good deeds will be for their destruction and condemnation (Rom. 12:20-21).

It should not surprise us that a gift that is in itself good can be given for such reasons. For a father to gives to his infant son a razor-sharp butcher knife—something that is indispensable in the kitchen—would certainly lead us to question whether he was giving such a “good gift” in love and pity. The child will as certainly misuse it for his own destruction as the wicked do with every good gift God gives them.

Perhaps the greatest danger, though, in the teaching of common grace is that it destroys our comfort in God. If rain and sunshine, health and life, are in themselves grace, what are we to conclude when God sends us the opposite: sickness, poverty, drought, or death? Are these things His curse? Does He send them because He hates us? If grace is in “good things,” have we no grace when God does not give us those good things? Are we not rather to conclude this: that all He sends us, His people, whether in health or sickness, poverty or prosperity, life or death, He sends in His love and grace and for our good (Rom. 8:28), but that everything He sends the wicked, even though it be in itself “good,” is nevertheless for their condemnation? How else shall we be comforted in all our sorrows and afflictions?”


Ronald Hanko

Posted 6 days ago

Common grace refuted!

It’s not usually for me to post something from someone I’m not totally familiar with but as I was reading the other day I came across part of this quote and had to google who it was and the context! I personally think he nails what I’ve been saying for quite sometime and though I’m not super familiar with him what here say’s here is dead on! Enjoy it or hate it, either way let me know what you think!

“We reject common grace on the basis of the Word of God. Common grace teaches that God loves the reprobate, but the Scriptures proclaim that "the Lord abhorreth” “the covetous” (Ps. 10:3). The Psalmist declares of God: “thou hatest all workers of iniquity” (Ps. 5:5). God does not hate the sin but love the sinner! Moreover, “the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth” (Ps. 11:5). Here is the intensity of God’s aversion to the reprobate: his very soul—all that He is—detests him. Thus Jehovah “shall rain snares, fire and brimstone” upon him.

Common grace teaches that the good things which the reprobate receive in this life are proof of God’s love for them. This was Asaph’s mistake, and it is the mistake of many. In “the sanctuary of God” (Ps. 73:17), Asaph came to understand that “the prosperity of the wicked,” their health, food, riches was "surely” God’s setting them “in slippery places” before He casts “them down into destruction”. God gave them good things in His providence, but He "despised” them for their wickedness. 

Solomon, the wisest of men, declared, “The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked” (Prov. 3:33). All the good things in his house—wife, children, possessions, food etc.—come not with God’s love but with His curse. 

Some people say that we reject common grace on the basis of inferences drawn from the eternal predestinating counsel of God. But God’s revealed truth of predestination is not the only doctrine that militates against common grace. Against God’s unity (Deut. 6:4), common grace teaches that God has two loves, two mercies, two lovingkindnesses, etc. Against God’s immutability (Mal. 3:6), common grace teaches that God loves the reprobate in time and then hates them in eternity. Against the divine righteousness, which is so great that God cannot “look on iniquity” (Hab. 1:13), common grace says that God loves those who are completely evil (Rom. 3:10-18). In short, common grace postulates a temporary, limited, changeable, unrighteous love of God (outside of Jesus Christ!) for the reprobate. But the Scriptures teach us that God loves Himself, and that He loves His elect church (Eph. 5:25) with a particular (Rom. 9:18), eternal (Jer. 31:3), infinite (Eph. 3:17-19), unchangeable (Ps. 136) love in Jesus Christ. 

This initial error of a love of God for the reprobate is being used by many (including professing Calvinists) to erode the antithesis (Gen. 3:15), to soften total depravity, to compromise particular atonement, to preach a desire of God to save the reprobate, to silence and (then) deny unconditional reprobation and election, to refuse to condemn Arminianism and its teachers, and to enable fellowship with unbelievers.“ Angus Stewart

Posted 1 week ago

The Gospel for Believers


A couple weeks ago while discussing the gospel with someone, who claims to be a Christian, and talking to him about a church we have both attended, he said something that made me want to pull my hair out. It bothered me so bad that as I was doing our weekly “call to confession” from the pulpit of my local church I had to mention it and warn our church against it, though it had nothing to do with what I was about to discuss. That was about two weeks ago and I still think about it almost everyday and it still bothers me, so that’s why I’m writing. Please bear with me as I pour this out for us. The very thing we were discussing and what was said I’ll elaborate on now.

I’ll begin with what we were discussing that brought up the comment. He had asked me what I didn’t like about said church that I left. Now there were many things but the main thing was that the gospel was not preached from the pulpit on a regular basis. Now I’ve spoken with a couple people that went there and they all act like I’m out of my mind when I say that. However, I made it a point to make a note if the gospel was actually preached every single time I was there, which was every time the doors were open. I got to the point that as I was thinking about the last time the gospel was preached in this church I couldn’t remember one time. I know you’re thinking now, “that’s your fault for attending a church that didn’t preach the gospel” or, “why would you stay or attend a church that didn’t preach the gospel?” Well, to answer that question, “I don’t know,” maybe immaturity, maybe pride (thinking I was right about attending), maybe it was love for the brethren there, I’m not sure. However, I was there and I did attend faithfully.

This brings me to his statement. When I stated my issue with the gospel not being present in this church, he stated, “I know the pastor and I know that he believes the church is supposed to be made up of believers. The pastors job is to equip the church to go out and preach the gospel. So that’s why he doesn’t preach the gospel from the pulpit.” He said this like it was ok, as I felt like he just stabbed me in the heart with a dagger. This is not biblical Christianity. You cannot read through one epistle and come away from it thinking, “the gospel is not for the church.” I don’t know where and why this thought is even present in the so called “church.” I could suggest a few reasons but I’m sure you have already thought of them.

Let’s look at a few scriptures concerning this false doctrine.

- Romans 1:15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

Why is Paul ready to preach the gospel to those at Rome? Were they unbelievers he was writing to? We’ll let Paul answer that question.

Rom 1:7  To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

So Paul identifies these people at Rome as beloved of God, called to be saints. I think it’s quite clear that this was written to the church at Rome. However Paul is still ready to preach the gospel to them that are at Rome! Why would he do this? Well he tells us. First, because he’s not ashamed of the gospel, as it seems that some so called pastors are. He said elsewhere to a young pastor to always be ready to preach the gospel, in season and out of season. (2 Tim. 4:2) Why would he tell a pastor to preach the gospel like that? Well because secondly, the church NEEDS the gospel! There shouldn’t be a believer alive who say’s they don’t need the gospel. We don’t only need the gospel on Sunday when we come together, we need it Monday-Saturday to live. As Paul goes on to say that, “the just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17) Faith in what? In Christ! In the gospel! In God!

The book of Romans, I would argue, is the greatest exposition of the gospel ever written and who is it written to? The atheists? The pagans? No! It’s written to the church! I could go on from scripture to scripture to prove this point but if you’re a believer I hope that you are well aware of this crucial fact about the gospel.

Now that we have seen some scripture concerning this, I also want to give a couple other reasons from our experience.

1. How many times have you walked into church thinking I totally failed this week? I did absolutely nothing I was supposed to do spiritually and not only that I did way too much stuff that I shouldn’t of done. Then upon walking into service, even though you don’t feel like it, you hear the gospel preached and you realize, “my past is gone! My sins are Gone! What I did or didn’t do don’t mean anything in the courtroom of God! I’m perfectly justified as a stinking wretch!” O, I know this experience too well.

2. How many times have you walked into church thinking I nailed it this week? I did everything I was supposed to do spiritually (which is a lie) and didn’t do anything I wasn’t supposed to (which is another lie). We know that’s not true but we act like that sometimes! Then we walk into church and this time we really want to because we are so good why wouldn’t God want me to worship Him. When we hear the gospel preached and realize, “I didn’t nail it this week! I’m a stinking wretch for acting like I could perfectly obey! I still need Christ and need Him more right now because of my pride.” I’m sure we know this experience as well.

Now to sum it up, I’m sure we can see that the gospel is for the church first and foremost. Though God uses the gospel to save His elect He also uses the gospel to grow His elect! Those churches that don’t want to preach the gospel are not churches but social gathering spots! I don’t know about you but I’d much rather sleep in on Sunday than go hang out with a bunch of people I barely know and may barely like. In closing, brethren don’t only preach and hear the gospel on Sunday but do it everyday to keep yourself in check.

For His glory!

Posted 2 weeks ago

John Owen on the New Heaven and New Earth


I shall only observe, by the way, not to look into the difficulties of these verses, that I be not too long detained from my principal intendment, — that the apostle makes a distribution of the world into heaven and earth, and saith, they “were destroyed with water, and perished.” 

We know that neither the fabric or substance of the one or other was destroyed, but only men that lived on the earth; and the apostle tells us, verse 5, of the heavens and earth that were then, and were destroyed by water, distinct from the heavens and the earth that were now, and were to be consumed by fire: and yet, as to the visible fabric of heaven and earth, they were the same both before the flood and in the apostle’s time, and continue so to this day; when yet it is certain that the heavens and earth, whereof he speaks were to be destroyed and consumed by fire in that generation. We must, then, for the clearing our foundation, a little consider what the apostle intends by “the heavens and the earth” in these two places:—


1. It is certain, that what the apostle intends by the “world,” with its heavens and earth, verses 5, 6, which was destroyed by water; the same, or somewhat of that kind, he intends by “the heavens and the earth” that were to be consumed and destroyed by fire, verse 7. Otherwise there would be no coherence in the apostle’s discourse, nor any kind of argument, but a mere fallacy of words.

2. It is certain, that by the flood, the world, or the fabric of heaven and earth, was not destroyed, but only the inhabitants of the world; and therefore the destruction intimated to succeed by fire, is not of the substance of the heavens and the earth, which shall not be consumed until the last day, but of persons or men living in the world.

3. Then we must consider in what sense men living in the world are said to be the “world,” and the “heavens and earth” of it. I shall only insist on one instance to this purpose, among many that may be produced, Isa. li. 15, 16. The time when the work here mentioned, of planting the heavens, and laying the foundation of the earth, was performed by God, was when he “divided the sea,” verse 15, and gave the law, verse 16, and said to Zion, “Thou art my people;” — that is, when he took the children of Israel out of Egypt, and formed them in the wilderness into a church and state. Then he planted the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth, — made the new world; that is, brought forth order, and government, and beauty, from the confusion wherein before they were. This is the planting of the heavens, and laying the foundation of the earth in the world. And hence it is, that when mention is made of the destruction of a state and government, it is in that language that seems to set forth the end of the world. So Isa. xxxiv. 4; which is yet but the destruction of the state of Edom. The like also is affirmed of the Roman empire, Rev. vi. 14; which the Jews constantly affirm to be intended by Edom in the prophets. And in our Saviour Christ’s prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem, Matt. xxiv., he sets it out by expressions of the same importance. It is evident, then, that, in the prophetical idiom and manner of speech, by “heavens” and “earth,” the civil and religious state and combination of men in the world, and the men of them, are often understood. So were the heavens and earth that world which then was destroyed by the flood.

4. On this foundation I affirm, that the heavens and earth here intended in this prophecy of Peter, the coming of the Lord, the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men, mentioned in the destruction of that heaven and earth, do all of them relate, not to the last and final judgment of the world, but to that utter desolation and destruction that was to be made of the Judaical church and state; for which I shall offer these two reasons, of many that might be insisted on from the text:—

(1.) Because whatever is here mentioned was to have its peculiar influence on the men of that generation. He speaks of that wherein both the profane scoffers and those scoffed at were concerned, and that as Jews; — some of them believing, others opposing the faith. Now, there was no particular concernment of that generation in that sin, nor in that scoffing, as to the day of judgment in general; but there was a peculiar relief for the one and a peculiar dread for the other at hand, in the destruction of the Jewish nation; and, besides, an ample testimony, both to the one and the other, of the power and dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ; — which was the thing in question between them.

(2.) Peter tells them, that, after the destruction and judgment that he speaks of, verse 13, “We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth,” etc. They had this expectation. But what is that promise? where may we find it? Why, we have it in the very words and letter, Isa. lxv. 17. Now, when shall this be that God will create these “new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness?” Saith Peter, “It shall be after the coming of the Lord, after that judgment and destruction of ungodly men, who obey not the gospel, that I foretell.” But now it is evident, from this place of Isaiah, with chap. lxvi. 21, 22, that this is a prophecy of gospel times only; and that the planting of these new heavens is nothing but the creation of gospel ordinances, to endure for ever. The same thing is so expressed, Heb. xii. 26–28.

Posted 9 weeks ago
Posted 19 weeks ago

John Flavel on the love of God and excellency of Christ!

It is a special consideration to enhance the love of God in giving Christ, that in giving Him, He gave the richest jewel in His cabinet, a mercy of the greatest worth and most inestimable value. Heaven itself is not so valuable and precious as Christ is: He is the better half of heaven, and so the saints account Him: “Whom have I in heaven but thee?” (Psa 73:25). “Ten thousand thousand worlds,” saith one, “as many worlds as angels can number, and then as a new world of angels can multiply, would not all be the bulk of a balance to weigh Christ’s excellency, love, and sweetness.” O what a fair One! What an only One! What an excellent, lovely, ravishing One is Christ! Put the beauty of ten thousand paradises, like the Garden of Eden, into one. Put all trees, all flowers, all smells, all colors, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness in one. O what a fair and excellent thing would that be? And yet it should be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved Christ than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes, and fountains of ten thousand earths. Christ is heaven’s wonder, and earth’s wonder.

Amen!

Posted 20 weeks ago

Paul the Banker


Many of us know the man who was changed from Saul of Tarsus to Paul as strictly, the Apostle Paul. Some of us even know him as a tent maker, being his occupation. However I wonder how many of us know him as Paul the banker? I’ll attempt to break the down in this blog post.

Over the past month I have been reading 2 Timothy over and over. In doing this I have seen and broken down many things that I never saw in the texts before. The one I’ll be looking today is from chapter one verses twelve through fourteen. It reads as follows, “2 Tim. 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

2Tim. 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

2Tim. 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.”

Now you may not see it in the King James version but what Paul literally says in verse twelve is, “For which cause I also suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard my deposit until that Day.” Paul made a deposit is what he is saying and that Christ is able to guard that deposit! What is the deposit that Paul is speaking of? Well since my study on 2 Timothy I have noticed that Paul is telling Timothy over and over and over and over to preach the gospel, defend the gospel, expose heretics, and expound the Word, I would say that Paul’s deposit is the gospel. The Apostle had deposited the gospel into people’s lives including young Timothy, hence why he calls him his son. So what I believe Paul is saying here is that God has given him a very valuable gift, the gospel, He has placed it into Paul’s account and the Apostle in turn spreads that wealth into the whole world. (Col. 1:23)

Paul is being a banker here and spreading wealth that exceeds any earthly wealth! He had deposited this into other people’s lives and seen the Lord convert them through his preaching, Timothy being a prime example as we see in verse fourteen. Paul tells Timothy to, “Guard the good Deposit given through the Holy Spirit indwelling in us.” Not only are we to spread this deposit but we are to guard this deposit! We should be like Fort Knox with the gospel! We do not let any false doctrine creep in, nor do we let any false doctrine be preached! False doctrine will be like a kleptomaniac in Fort Knox if we allow it, we must guard against it! Brethren just because Paul say’s God is able to guard our deposit, it in now way means we are to be lax in this area. We are to fight the good fight, as Paul say’s in this selfsame book. We are to not only guard this good deposit, the gospel, but we are to spread it to other’s accounts.

In closing, I’d like to sum this up with two imperatives of the Christian faith. First, we are to be ready to preach the gospel in season and out of season as Paul commands us! Second, we are to study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed! We need to make sure there is no leaven in our preaching, thoughts, or lives that would pervert the glorious Gospel of Christ!

Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

For His Glory!

Posted 31 weeks ago

Worldviews

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Worldviews may seem good when arguing with an opposing worldview. Worldviews may even seen great when you use yours to obliterate an opposing worldview. However a worldview is truly only tested when you’re not arguing to defend or advance your worldview but when you have lost everything and you lay alone at night with nothing but your worldview. Is it still sufficient? Is my worldview still comforting? Do I still rejoice in my worldview and am I still able to defend and advance my worldview? 

For the Christian this answer is easy. Our worldview is based on who God is and what God has done and is still doing in us and in the world. Our worldview never changes. Our worldview is always comforting and right because it is derived from the God that is always comforting and right. This is what makes our worldview dominate over other worldviews. When the world around them crumbles it crushes their worldview and often they come running to us for answers. Christian be ready to answer them and give them the “promise of life, which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 1:1)   

1Pet. 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and BE READY ALWAYS to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

2 Cor. 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ

Posted 34 weeks ago
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Posted 41 weeks ago

Sovereignty of God in the Advancement of His Kingdom

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In my many years of being a Christian and more specifically reformed, I have heard many (probably hundreds) of sermons on the Sovereignty of God. I have heard a multitude of sermons on the sovereignty of God in salvation. I’ve heard probably just as many or more sermons on the sovereignty of God in suffering. I’ve even heard messages on the sovereignty of God in reprobation, a much hated doctrine among those who profess to be Christians. However I cannot remember hearing one sermon on the sovereignty of God in the advancement of His Kingdom. This will be the topic in today’s blog post.


First I need to set up what I mean by sovereignty. Let’s look at a few scriptures that I believe will give a complete definition better than I can speak.

Psa. 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Psa. 135:6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Any person who would give an honest reading to these scriptures would see what I mean by sovereignty. God has declared the end from the beginning, saying My counsel shall stand, and He will do all His pleasure among the inhabitants of the Earth and in the army of Heaven. He does what He pleases whenever, wherever, however, and to whomever He wants and none can stay His hand because He works all things after the counsel of His own will. So in short if God has willed it it will come to pass, if He hasn’t willed it it will not come to pass.

Now that I believe I have a working definition of the term “sovereignty” I will continue with the topic at hand. God has clearly and emphatically declared that His Kingdom will advance throughout all generations and throughout all nations. He makes this very clear from the first book of the Bible all the way through to the last book of the Bible. Though there are groups that teach that God’s Kingdom is failing and will only be victorious at the consummation (when Christ returns) or in some future literal 1,000 year reign of Christ on Earth, the scriptures are clear that the Kingdom is victorious now on Earth and will continually advance until the consummation, which will usher in the eternal state of perfection.

I have a whole plethora of verses that clearly teach this and though I am tempted to keep it short in the display of these verses I will give a decent amount of them. (I know blog posts are supposed to be short but since when do I go with the flow.)

Gen 49:10
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Psa 2:8
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

Psa 72:6
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.
Psa 72:7
In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
Psa. 72:8
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

Psa 89:3
I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
Psa 89:4
Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.

Psa 110:1
[[A Psalm of David.]] The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Psa 110:2
The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Psa 110:3
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
Psa 110:4
The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Psa 145:13
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

Isa 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:7
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Dan 2:44
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Dan 4:3
How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.

Dan 4:34
And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

Dan 6:26
I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.

Dan 7:13
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Dan 7:14
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Mat 28:18
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Eph 1:20
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Eph 1:21
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

As you can clearly see that God promises this throughout scripture. It’s not some hidden truth that is hard to see. I’m not trying to teach some esoteric thing here that is foreign to Christendom but something that is clear and has been taught and held to by many within the Christian faith and obviously all over scripture.

I do want to touch on some of those verses and make it very clear that we are truly victorious in Christ as His Church.

Let’s start with the first one quoted, Genesis 49:10. Let’s break down this verse, first this is Jacob speaking to His sons particularly Judah in this verse. He states that the “sceptre” shall not depart from Judah nor a lawgiver from between his feet. Let me quote John Gill on the sceptre- “signifies dominion, power, and authority, as the sceptre always does, it being an emblem of it, see Num. 24:17 and this intends either the government, which was in the heads and princes of the tribe, which commenced as soon as it became a tribe, and lasted as long as it remained one, even unto the times of the Messiah.” So Jacob is saying that power, and authority shall not depart from Judah. He goes further by saying the “lawgiver” shall not depart either. Jacob is telling his son that power, dominion, and law will not depart from him but he doesn’t say forever, he say’s, “until Shiloh come.”

I do not know one Christian that does not see this as the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. So once the Messiah has come power, dominion, and lawgiving will depart from Judah. Where will it depart to? The Lion of the tribe of Judah has been given all power (Matt. 28:18), dominion (Jude 1:25), and lawgiving (John 13:34).

Our last phrase in Genesis 49:10 says, “unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.” The word for “gathering” here is actually translated “obedience of the people” or “peoples.” This is speaking of the obedience of not just the Jews but of the gentiles as well, see Eph. 1:10 and Psalms 110. The prophecy in Genesis is clearly speaking of a future time when Christ with gather or make obedient a people for Himself, which began after He completed His Earthly ministry.

I think most of these verses I quoted for us speak for themselves. We see over and over that His reign will never end (Dan. 2:44), it will continue from generation to generation (Dan. 4:34), indeed throughout all generations (Ps. 145:3) . We see that all nations, people, and languages will serve Him (Dan. 7:14). We see that the uttermost parts of the Earth have been given to the Son (Ps. 2:8), and that He shall have dominion from sea to sea even unto the ends of the Earth (Ps. 72:8).

This is quite contrary to modern preaching that the church is failing and as though Satan is winning the battle. This is laughable to our God, see Ps. 2. Satan has already lost the battle, the church is going forth, and the gates of Hell will not prevail (Matt. 16:18) Shiloh has come and has all power, dominion, and glory!

God in His sovereignty has declared that His glorious gospel will go forth and destroy the kingdoms of this world, establishing an everlasting Kingdom of righteousness, which is found in the New Covenant. He has made it known that He will not fail and all the nations of the Earth will serve Him. Remember that God does all His pleasure in the Earth and in Heaven. He has given the nations to His Son and His Son has sent forth ambassadors with His Word to accomplish His will and they will accomplish it. Why? Because our God has spoken it and has all power and authority to bring it to pass.

A familiar portion of scripture is Isaiah 55:11 where God states, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” This verse is often used in the negative sense that when we preach the gospel and a person doesn’t believe it we think, “well I guess that person isn’t one of the elect but God’s Word will accomplish it’s end, in the damnation of the wicked.” However true that may be how about we think of this verse in the positive sense? God has declared to save to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25; Ps. 2:8), and in His sovereignty will accomplish that end, and He has declared that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. God will use the preaching of the gospel to “break into pieces and consume” (Dan. 2:44) all the kingdoms of this world for His glory.

In closing I just want to look at one last verse. In Matthew 28 after Jesus say’s, “all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” He say’s, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations,” baptize them, and teach them to observe all things that He has commanded. Brethren though the sceptre has departed from Judah and been given to the Lion of the tribe of Judah, He has given His church dominion and made us kings, priests, and ambassadors to advance His Kingdom. (See Rev. 1:6, 5:10 and 2 Cor. 5:20) So let us take the glorious gospel out to the world for our God will save His people!


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