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Who Is God? God Is Sovereign! (4 of 9)
Series: Who Is God?
INTRODUCTION: Anyone here remember when president Reagan was shot in 1981? Shortly thereafter, Secretary of State Al Haig went on live TV for a press conference in which he said, ''As of now, I am in control here, in the White House.'' He also said, regarding presidential succession, ''Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the president, vice-president, and then the secretary of state, in that order.'' But he was wrong. You have the president, vice-president, and then the speaker of the house - not secretary of State. If you remember Al Haig at all, I'll bet that's what you remember him for.
Who is in charge? That is often an important question to answer. It's a question we're in the process of answering right now in our country - who is going to be in charge of the executive branch of our government? It's an important question where you work, in your home, at your school, and in the church. But today we're going to look at who is ultimately in charge.
We're in a sermon series entitled ''Who is God'' in which we're looking at his attributes. (Review).
I. SOVEREIGNTY IS LORDSHIP
The word sovereign itself means ''King.'' ''Sovereignty'' is kingship or lordship. When applied to God it is absolute, exclusive and all-encompassing. ''Divine sovereignty means that God is the absolute and sole Ruler in the universe.'' (Robert P. Lightner).
Sovereignty is lordship. God's lordship is absolute Lordship. Earthly kings have relative sovereignty, but God alone is the Lord over all: King of kings, Lord of lords, God of gods.
Deut.10:17 ''For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God.''
God's Lordship is absolute in the sense that it is eternal. He is ''the everlasting King'' (Jer.10:10). God's Lordship is absolute because it is universal. Nothing is outside the scope of his sovereign rule. He is ''Lor ...
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