Two truths must be honored
1. God is unconditionally sovereign
2. Humans are responsible and accountable
These two truths are presented repeatedly in Scripture as authentic and compatible.
If we teach either one in a way that diminishes the other, we do not faithfully represent the truth. Yet the mystery behind this compatibility is not fully known. It is simply and clearly taught and we are called to honor the truth and to live faithfully by it.
Scriptures to learn from: Genesis 45:1-8; 50:19-20; II Samuel 24; Isaiah 10:5-19; John 6:37-40; Philippians 2:12-13; Acts 4:23-30; 13:38; 18:9-10.
Great teaching on this theme
D. A. Carson
“At no point whatsoever does the remarkable emphasis on the absoluteness of God’s sovereignty mitigate the responsibility of human beings who, like everything else in the universe, fall under God’s sway. We tend to use one to diminish the other; we tend to emphasize one…
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