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The Potter's Clay

Scripture, Theology, the Christian worldview, and other ramblings.

12 June 2006

Let Him Reign Supreme

"I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I will have
compassion." Exodus 33:19

Because God is the maker, and creator, and sustainer of
all things, he has a right to do as he wills with all his works.

“Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it,
Why have you made me thus? Has not the potter
power over the clay of the same lump to make one
vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?”

God’s absolute supremacy and unlimited sovereignty
naturally flow from his omnipotence, and from the fact
that he is the source and support of all things.

Moreover, if it were not so, the superlative excellence of
the divine character would entitle him to absolute dominion.

He should be chief who is best. He who cannot err, being
perfect in wisdom; he who will not err, being as perfect in
holiness; he who can do no wrong, being supremely just;
he who must act in accordance with the principles of kindness,
seeing he is essentially love, is the most fitting person to rule.

Tell me not of the creatures ruling themselves: what a chaos
would this be! Talk not of a supposed republic of all created
existences, controlling and guiding themselves. All the creatures
put together, with their combined wisdom and goodness- if, indeed,
it were not combined folly and wickedness -all these, I say, with
all the excellencies of knowledge, judgment, and love, which the
most fervid imagination can suppose them to possess, could not
make the equal of that great God whose name is holiness, whose
essence is love, to whom all power belongs, and to whom alone
wisdom is to be ascribed.

Let him reign supreme, for he is infinitely superior to all other existences.

--Spurgeon’s sermon, “Election No Discouragement to Seeking Souls”

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