the blessed and only Sovereign

Sovereign defined … greatest in status, authority, power … not controlled by outside forces.

Consider these words in Paul’s letter to Timothy regarding the blessed and only Sovereign

I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:13-16 (ESV)

Now from my perspective, it would seem that Sovereign has three primary characteristics …

  • Omniscience – having infinite knowledge … all-knowing
  • Omnipresence – the state of being everywhere at once … across all time and eternity
  • Omnipotence – having unlimited power … over all things

IMHO there is no better passage of Scripture explaining those characteristics of the only Sovereign than Psalm 139 … consider as you read …

1        O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
2        You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar.
3        You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.
4        Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
5        You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
6        Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
7        Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8        If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9        If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10      even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
11      If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,”
12      even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
13      For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14      I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
15      My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16     Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:1-16 (ESV)

So did you see the characteristics of omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence reflected in the verses above from Psalm 139?

OK, here’s what I see in Psalm 139 … and the embrace of this really needs to move from my head to my heart.

  • Omniscience … verses 1-6
  • Omnipresence … verses 7-10
  • Omnipotent … verses 11-16

I don’t imagine I will get much argument about the verses for omniscience or omnipresence. But Bernie, how do you figure omnipotence for the last five verses?

Let me begin with Genesis 2:7 …

The LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

Now let’s look at those last two verses again …

15      My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16     Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Maybe I have a vivid imagination … maybe I have been given a spiritual glimpse … but in my mind, when the LORD God formed Adam of dust from the ground (Genesis 2:7) … in Adam all of mankind … each and every unique individual … was also being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth … the dust (Psalm 139:15). If then, before any child was knitted together in their mother’s womb, every one of the days for those children were written by the only Sovereign in His book … and despite the activities of the children, the enemy and sin those days were fulfilled … across thousands of years and billions of lives … that my friend is indeed omnipotence.

I don’t know about you but that seems like some serious spiritual food to chew on and digest …



About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to the blessed and only Sovereign

  1. jimdavenport says:

    … a clear teaching on each of these Godly characteristics! Thank you for sharing this post my brother. Jim

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