Sovereignty of God: Understanding the Incomprehensible

The omniscience of God is mind-boggling for many believers.

It’s not that God doesn’t want us to understand: He definitely does. All through scripture, He gives us everything we need to know about who He is and what He does. For those who are diligent in their studies, there will come a time somewhere down the line that the “light” finally comes on and we begin to accept God’s omniscience by faith. Sometimes, this may take a number of years of struggling over certain passages.

One particularly difficult passage to understand in regard to God’s omniscience is found in Romans Chapter 9. In this chapter, Paul is addressing the Jews and trying to explain to them that the covenant made with Abraham and God still exists for them. In fact, it still exists even today. He further explains that the Jews as a nation have rejected Jesus as Messiah and as a result of that rejection God is extending salvation to the Gentiles as well.

At one point in Chapter 9, Paul explains how God, in His omniscience, knew this rejection would take place and yet He “endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.” Most probably, God is referring here to unbelievers. Before even the beginning of time, God knew who would–and who would not–believe in Jesus; and He prepared a place in heaven for those who He knew would come to believe. Paul goes on to say that God did this “to make known the riches of His glory upon the vessels of mercy which He prepared beforehand for glory.” These vessels of mercy undoubtedly are the people that God, through His omniscience, knew would accept Jesus as the Messiah and believe on His name. And because God knew that, He prepared them beforehand for glory.

God’s omniscience allows Him to know—even before the beginning of time—which decision each created person will make when offered the choice of receiving and believing in Christ, or not. He is prepared for whatever happens in either choice. As believers, we accept on faith that God gives us the choice but that He knows the answer in advance.

The simple truth is God would never choose one and reject the other. His is a level playing field of fairness and justice.

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3 Responses to Sovereignty of God: Understanding the Incomprehensible

  1. Interesting thoughts. The Lord did chose Jacob over Esau before they were born. Connie

  2. In His omniscience God knew the decisions both Jacob and Esau would make during their lives and He knew this about them even before the beginning of the world. God “chooses” the one He knows will eventually make the choice for Him; He never overrides the free choice of man. I definitely believe that each of us has the opportunity to decide for ourselves. God never wanted to make a puppet out of me but because He knew I eventually would chose for Him He gave me all the oppotunities I needed to finally (at the age of 44) decide to follow Jesus with all my heart, mind and soul. God is good!

  3. God, in His sovereignty, knew that Esau was willing to give up his birthright for a bowl of stew. He also knew that Jacob would at some point, believe in Him and the covenant He made with His father Abraham. Esau had the choice to keep the birthright afforded the firstborn but he was more concerned with physical things. God knew He would do this so before they were born He chose who He knew would ultimatley choose Him.

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