First published in 1918, The Sovereignty of God by Arthur W. Pink is one of the most comprehensive studies on God’s decrees that are based on scripture alone: Sola Scriptura. Pink begins with a question in which every person needs to answer, and more especially those of the household of faith. “Who is regulating the affairs on this earth today—God or the Devil?” Pink continues with great insight and scripture references concerning God’s sovereignty in Operation, Salvation, and Reprobation. He also addresses Human Responsibility, our attitude toward His Sovereignty and reflects on the Difficulties and Objections to this doctrine.
In time past, present and future when practical preaching replaces doctrinal exposition of Scripture, an evil malady occurs and mankind reverts back to the lawless, listless and lustful condition whereby man determines what is good and evil; a denial of the Divine Rights of the triune God as expressed in ALL of scripture, starting with Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God . . .” This evil malady ceases when the Creator and Sustainer of Life is exalted to and revered as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Man being relegated to his rightful place, in the dust.
The doctrine of the sovereignty of God restores the Divine Rights of the Creator and revitalizes the Christian, which motivates him to serve and take dominion in every area of thought and life; the realization that “. . . If God be for us, who can be against us?” We are living in a time in which these words need to be our battle cry! As you go forward remember, “For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist” (Col. 1:16–17).
God’s Sovereignty is the very basis of Christian thinking, a presupposition in which every area of thought and life begin and end with God. A value desperately needed today giving God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit their glory due.
- Arthur W. Pink