What does it mean to be Sovereign?

Posted on December 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Is God sovereign?  Let's look at the definition of the word.  Webster defines it as:

    a : one possessing or held to possess supreme political power or sovereignty

    b : one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere

    c : an acknowledged leader : arbiter


Some believe that God’ sovereignty means he controls all things all the time. In other words, nothing happens that was not orchestrated by God himself. That would mean all acts of evil were perpetrated by God. Every victim is not a victim of mankind or man’s sinful nature, but rather a victim of God. Where does our free will come into play then? Where is man’s responsibility for his/her choices?


God is definitely sovereign in that he is the maker and ruler of all things. However, He established principles for his creation to follow and consequences when they choose not to. The word sovereign does not mean that the one who is sovereign controls everything. It simply means He is the ruler of all things. A king is considered to be sovereign. What he says is the law. If you disobey his law you suffer the consequences of that choice. It’s the same with God.


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