The Sovereignty of God by Paul Blackham – Part 4

Jesus’ Teaching

If this problem of injustice is the deepest philosophical challenge, as always Jesus is the perfect philosopher.  Far from seeing injustice as a problem, He sees this as the demonstration of the Father’s perfection!  Yes, because the Father is perfect, He loves His enemies, causing the blessings of sun and rain to fall on even the evil.  Far from trying to explain this injustice away, Jesus actually wants all His followers to practice this same injustice in our own lives!

Matthew 5:43-48 – “You have heard that it was said, `Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?  And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Now, if the perfection of the Father is found in the fact that He loves and blesses even His enemies, then what do we really mean when we speak about the sovereignty of the Father?  The sovereignty of the Father is shown in His grace.  Human wisdom tells us that sovereign power is all about ‘getting your own way’, but the Living God teaches us that real sovereign power is self-sacrificial and serves others.

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