Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
God the Father has authority over all the clay.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
May 27, 2009
In verses 19-29 the apostle Paul presents the premise illustrated by the essence of God.
“Don’t you understand that God has authority over all things? And if He does, isn’t it logical that you should submit to Him?”
Whenever you are under pressure, as Paul was, you must be able to think and know the thoughts of your opposition.
How can anyone reasonably resist the Gospel and depend rather on themselves?
It is because each doctrine is resisted individually, and as scar tissue is built up, there is blindness to the next thought, and arrogance is increased.
It is obvious that this debater’s question anticipates objection to the doctrine of divine integrity, the doctrine of divine decrees, as well as other doctrines - election, adoption, and predestination.
Paul anticipates the antagonism of the racial Jew against the true spiritual heritage of Israel.
Furthermore, it proves the principle that irrelevance becomes irreverence by blasphemously maligning the character of God.
"It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy.
And He shall be your fear,
And He shall be your dread.
It is inevitable that the perfect character of God will find fault with imperfect and sinful mankind. But the issue here is man’s volition at the point of Gospel hearing.
Just as the free will of man has freedom to reject Christ so God is free to judge those who reject Christ.
The reality of judgement always elicits the reaction of “unfair” - “How can God be fair and do this and that?”
The less you know of the truth the more critical you are of the truth.
God’s will is His purpose or intention. This includes what was written in verse 18, His mercy or His severity.
Paul actually anticipates the view of supralapsarianism, a system of theology for blaming God for Pharaoh’s decision, for Adam’s decision, and for everyone’s decision.