The fourth of ten topics in Piper’s new book, Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014), is the sovereignty of God. Continue reading . . .
The fourth of ten topics in Piper’s new book, Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014), is the sovereignty of God.
When Piper refers to the sovereignty of God he has far more in mind than the subject of divine election or the traditional five points of Calvinism. He’s talking about the reign of God over all of creation, the meticulous divine providence that he exerts in directing the affairs of mankind, and the simple truth as it is stated in Psalm 115:3 – “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases.”
He also appeals to Isaiah 46:8-11, particularly verse 10 where the Lord says, “I declare the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done.” This is what it means for God to be God. This declaration or decree is all-encompassing, including not only natural events but human events as well, which is to say, the choices of free moral agents.
But this is more than mere foreknowledge of what will come to pass. God also tells us how he foreknows the end and how he foreknows the things not yet done: “the way he declares his foreknowledge is by declaring his fore-counsel and his fore-purposing” (61). What this means is “that the reason God knows the future is because he plans the future and accomplishes it” (61). Thus “God is not a fortuneteller, a soothsayer, a mere predictor. He doesn’t have a crystal ball. He knows what’s coming because he plans what’s coming and he performs what he plans” (61).>