Biblical Christianity alone honors God. Present-day religion cannot be compared with Biblical Christianity. The greater percentage of what is heard from the pulpit, on the radio, and seen on television is nothing more than religious humanism, poor showmanship, and fleshly excitement. Christianity and man-made religion are as distinct as truth and error. Every person regenerated by the Spirit of God is made willing to have his opinion contradicted and his hope frustrated by the truth of God. He learns what human wisdom cannot teach and human pride will never stoop to embrace. Conversely, religionists are blinded by the doctrines and commandments of men.
New emphasis on God’s absolute sovereignty, the foundation of all Biblical theology, is a necessity. God is sovereign in the realms of creation, providence, and salvation. He not only created, but controls, everything He has brought into existence. Since God will be all or nothing, there can be no other god. A rediscovery of God’s sovereignty cannot occur apart from the Biblical revelation of God.
The god of human religion resembles the supreme Sovereign of Scripture no more than the dim flickering of a candle compares with the radiant light of the noonday sun. Scripture proves that the false gods manufactured by religionists within professing Christendom do not differ from the gods of wood and stone worshipped by the heathen outside of professing Christendom.
A common expression, “Let God be God,” is frequently repeated in the religious community. How can man, who is without the power of God, let God be God? Christ said to Pilate, “Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above” (John 19:11). How can man who lives and moves in God let God be God? Acts 17:28 states, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.” How can the effect let the cause be the cause of the effect? The Creator alone is worthy of glory, honor, and power: “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11).
The eternally sovereign God has a purpose (Eph. 3:11). Behind all the events of history, His eternal purpose is being worked out in providence—predestination in execution. The proof of God’s purpose is learned from the nature and perfections of God. God is omniscient—nothing takes Him by surprise; omnipotent—no one thwarts His purpose; omnipresent—no one slips up on Him; and unchangeable—no modifications are in His mind. If anything is either by chance or the mere effect of second causes, one cannot truthfully say, “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” (Rom. 11:36).
God’s eternal purpose includes the work of the Divine Trinity in man’s salvation. The one God consists in three Persons. There is an exclusive unity in this Trinity, because it is a fellowship of equals. Thus, the eternal purpose of grace is unilateral:
1. God the Father chose a certain number to be saved (Eph. 1:4). Election is eternal, secret until conversion, free, particular, and definite (John 6; 10; 17). Before the cross, the elect were in Christ by election and foreordination (Rom. 8:29,30; II Tim. 1:9).
2. God the Son purchased salvation for His sheep at Calvary (John 10:11,15,16). At the cross, the elect were in Christ by redemption and propitiation (Rom. 3:24-26; Eph. 1:7-12). Jesus Christ did not purchase a possible salvation for all mankind without exception, but a certain salvation for His sheep (John 10:15).
3. God the Holy Spirit regenerates all whom the Father elected and the Son redeemed (John 3:8). Subsequent to the cross, all the elect will be in Christ by regeneration and reconciliation before Christ comes to establish His kingdom (II Pet. 3:9, 15).
The covenant of grace is unilateral; therefore, a fourth party could not have a place in that covenant between equals. God cannot stoop to make a covenant with sinners on a dunghill. Sinners have no part in their salvation from the guilt and penalty of sin. The glory of God’s salvation of sinners cannot be shared with those He saves. If man could take credit for his salvation, his deliverance would not be by grace.
Divine attributes have been discarded by most professing Christians to the junk heap of dry and uninteresting subjects. The only attributes preferred are those from which people assume that personal benefits are derived. Hence, God’s love, mercy, and grace are esteemed above His holiness, justice, and wrath. The majority think that love is God’s chief attribute. However, the truth is that Jesus Christ died in order that the demands of holiness and love might be met. At Calvary, holiness retained its beauty thus enabling love to meet its objects. Mercy desired to save the elect, but justice had to be satisfied before mercy could operate. Here is where love stepped in and provided a Substitute who satisfied justice. Mercy could never exert power in opposition to justice. No human philosophy could ever conceive such a plan of salvation for fallen men. The eternal covenant of grace alone exalts and honors God. Man’s God-dishonoring philosophy is described in the words of the Psalmist: “...thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself...” (Ps. 50:21).
*From the book “Honoring The True God” by W.E. Best