2. Sovereign of All
In the previous chapter we noticed that God is a loving Father that thinks about us constantly and has plans and dreams for our future. We also noticed that He is the Father of the whole universe. In this section, we want to look at what attributes allow God to be in this position and do the things that He does.
The first thing the Bible tells us is that God is the Master and Sovereign of everything.
1 Cor 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things...
1 Tim 1:17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Deut 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
The Father is the one God from whom all things come. God has not received His power, wisdom of knowledge from anyone else. Everything we see comes from Him.
Isa 40:10-15 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
Psalms 36:7-9 How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
God is omnipotent, meaning His power is limitless; there is no end to it. The power contained in the trillions and trillions of atoms comes from Him. That power is beyond comprehension. It is impossible to teach Him because His knowledge is infinite, we call this omniscient. All wisdom and knowledge come from Him.
This power and wisdom flows out to us by His Spirit which is like a river.
Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Psalms 46:4,5 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
Through His Spirit God can be present at all places at one time. We call this ability omnipresence. Again, it’s something that is very hard to understand but notice what the Bible says:
Psalms 139:7-10 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.
This River is the river of life, all the ingredients for life come from Spirit and it is His life-giving Spirit in us that keeps us alive and our hearts beating.
Acts 17:24-28 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'
So in summary we see that there is one God who is all powerful, all knowing and everywhere present by His Spirit. All authority and power belong to Him and whoever He gives it to.