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I.  God’s Supreme Authority


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Chapter 7  Part I

God’s Supreme Authority

As the one and only God, God reigns supreme in the world. He has supreme power over all things. As such, God defeats his enemies and he fulfills his plans. A realization of this produces submission to and worship of the one and only God.

The Lord Is God – the Only God

Note that God stated that the “Lord” was the name by which he was to be known (cf. Exodus 3:12-15).

The Lord is God

Know that the Lord is God.   Psalms 100:3a NCV™

Now, O sovereign Lord, you are the true God!   2 Samuel 7:28a NET

The Lord is God of all people

I am the Lord, the God of all humankind.   Jeremiah 32:27a NET

Hezekiah prayed before the Lord: “Lord God of Israel, who is enthroned on the cherubs! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.   2 Kings 19:15a NET

The Lord is the one and only God

[God:] And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me. 22“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.   Isaiah 45:21b-22 ESV

His deeds show that he is the only God

[David, to God:] For you are great and do amazing things. You alone are God.   Psalms 86:10 NET

[God:] See, I am the only God. There are no others. I kill, and I make alive. I wound, and I heal, and no one can rescue you from my power.   Deuteronomy 32:39 GW

God Reigns Supreme

God rules over all

O Lord, you are great, mighty, majestic, magnificent, glorious, and sovereign over all the sky and earth! You have dominion and exalt yourself as the ruler of all. 12You are the source of wealth and honor; you rule over all. You possess strength and might to magnify and give strength to all.   1 Chronicles 29:11-12 NET

God rules over all authorities

The glorious God is the only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.   1 Timothy 6:15a CEV

God rules over the earth in righteousness

He rules the world with righteousness; he judges the nations with justice.   Psalms 9:8 GNT

God will reign forever

But you, O Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.   Lamentations 5:19 NET

God will impose his absolute rule on all

[John, describing a vision:] Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” 16Then the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground and worshiped God 17with these words: “We give you thanks, Lord God, the All–Powerful, the one who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and begun to reign.   Revelation 11:15-17 NET

The proclamation in v. 15 and the final phrase “have begun to reign” (v. 17) may mean that at this point God has begun to impose his rule on all – the actualization of the kingdom (v. 15) implemented with the imposition of God’s great power (v. 17). Alternatively the past tense may be used here to indicate the certainty of God doing so in the future.

God Defeats His Enemies

No one can effectively oppose God

But he alone is God, and who can oppose him? God does as he pleases, …   Job 23:13 CEV

[God:] For there is no one like me, and there is no one who can call me to account. There is no ruler who can stand up against me.   Jeremiah 49:19b NET

God destroys his enemies

But he will pay back those people who hate him. He will destroy them, and he will not be slow to pay back those who hate him.   Deuteronomy 7:10 NCV™

God Fulfills His Plans

God carries out his plans

[God:] “Be sure of this: Just as I have intended, so it will be; just as I have planned, it will happen.   Isaiah 14:24b NET

God does not change his plans

God is not a human being, and he will not lie. He is not a human, and he does not change his mind. What he says he will do, he does. What he promises, he makes come true.   Numbers 23:19 NCV™

No one can thwart God’s plans

Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a plan, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?   Isaiah 14:27 NET

God works everything for his plans

In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, …   Ephesians 1:11, ESV

God works all things that occur for the fulfillment of his plans.

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