“What if God, willing to shew [H]is wrath, and make [H]is power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction…” (Romans 9:22)
“God worketh all things according to [H]is will…” (Ephesians 1:11)”
“…For there is no power but of God: the powers that be of are of God.”
The above passages should not be new nor should there principles be unfamiliar to God’s people or even those who are not God’s people. If they are new or unknown this is due to the preachers not proclaiming the most fundamental and foundational teaching of God in Scriptural and or the people of God not spending time with God; neither in prayer or Bible study and this is an indictment upon the “church!”
In the first text from above Paul is demonstrating God’s purposes in Egypt during the life of Moses and the captivity of God’s people. Paul teaches clearly that God, in order to manifest His glory through wrath, raised up Pharoah’s as king and “god” of Egypt for the sole purpose of hardening his heart and then bringing destruction as well as manifesting His power and goodness to the liberated children of Israel. There is always a two (2) edged sword in God’s purposes.
In the second text above, we see that all that “comes to pass” is in accordance to the Triune Counsel of Jehovah. All that God does is in perfect keeping with His sovereign purposes and pleasures as seen in the early part of Exodus, Romans chapter nine, the book of Esther and the passion of Christ.
In the third text from above one can take perfect comfort in that all…all powers upon this earth from the “god of this world” down to the manager of any business entity and this is not to be qualified therefore, as I wrote in the title, I can with certainty declare the winner of the 2016 presidential election. God is and so are His people…regardless of the outcome.
If one was to compare God’s dealings with Pharaoh and another king many centuries later one will see the complete power of God. In God’s dealing with a king named Cyrus one will see the same purpose of God which is the freeing of His people. You will see, also that this was to manifest His power, however, the way He brought about His will and manifestation of His power is the opposite of the manner in which He over-powered Pharaoh. With Pharaoh He destroyed Egypt and her king and humiliated their “god(s)”. With Cyrus, God simply whispered in His mind to over-power him!!!
Why does God then allow wickedness to take power? Again, it is to manifest His power and will as shown above. God also allows wickedness to take power so that this wicked power and those that support this wickedness will fill up their cups of wrath. In the book of Roans chapter one Paul teaches that the very faithfulness and love the lost have for the powers of wickedness is God’s wrath and judgment upon them all!!! The unthankfulness, ungodliness, unrighteousness, and the vast homosexual agenda is not only a demonstration of their hatred for God but God’s surrendering them all to their hatred for righteousness and love for unrighteousness. This is also an expression of God’s hatred for all workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:3). Again, God is always the winner.for nothing can stop Him, stay Him or overturn His purposes and powers…nothing, no one, nada…zero. Since this is true then all of the righteous always triumph and the unrighteous always loses.
In closing……tomorrows Bible Times headlines shall read…
“God Wins!!! God Wins!!!”