He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.
There are many truths about God that are difficult to grasp. Abigail Adams refused to believe the Trinity saying, “No mathematician or theologian can convince be that one is three and three is one.” Other truths about the nature of God are equally challenging to understand. How could God be all places and able to hear every prayer in the world all at once? Simply considering eternity is enough to make your brain hurt.
One of these mysterious characteristics of God is his sovereignty. The truth that God orders all things in the world and that in all those things he is good. This is true and it is incredible. He will make the nations prove the glories of his righteousness. Every person, nation, living organism will willingly or unwillingly prove or testify to his glory, righteousness and love.
He Rules the World With Truth and Grace…
In Philippians 2:1-11 Paul burst into praise to God after expounding on his humility. In the last verse he says, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…”
This passage is quite controversial. If every knee will bow to Jesus than that means there are no other true God’s. Anyone who reads the gospels will see this truth repeated in Jesus’ own words when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” John 14:6.
Today religious pluralism is popular. In the name of unity many argue that all God’s can coexist. However, as much as we all want peace, this isn’t true. Jesus would not have had a coexist bumper sticker. Jesus loved greatly, and we should follow Christ’s example to love our enemies and lovingly engage with those who disagree with us, but we should never lie to them or ourselves. Someone else feeling at peace isn’t worth the truth, especially when it only can create false peace. He rules the world with truth and grace.
He Makes the Nations Prove…
James Anderson, author and seminary professor, uses a great analogy to describe God’s sovereignty. Imagine there are skin samples sitting on a table to be examined by a microscope for cancer. Imagine you pick one up and hold it up to the light and declare that this person is going to be fine. No one would believe your diagnoses because of your lack of medical training and your lack of perspective without a microscope. We look at situations in life and say, there’s no way good could come from this. Yet, we don’t have the perspective God has (i.e. seeing and knowing all things past, present and future) and we don’t have the wisdom God has (infinite understanding and knowledge). Just because we may not be able to see how God is sovereign and good in every situation doesn’t mean he’s not. In The Fellowship of the Ring Frodo says to Gandalf he doesn’t think he will survive the journey as far as he can see. Gandalf replies, “But you cannot see very far.”
Jesus rules the world with truth and grace and he is good in all he does. He is the perfectly good son and in the end all people of all nations will know it and prove it.
**This is the last post in a series of 4 posts.**
4th Post: Proving His Wonders