Assured by Sovereignty

Passage:Romans 8:26-39

Preacher: Ben Phillips

Category: Theology & Doctrine

Continuing in our study of Romans, we come to the rich and deep waters of chapter 8. Building on the themes of redemption through suffering, Paul confronts the believer with the reality of God's sovereignty in bringing about redemption. A right theology of the cross will show the assurance God's sovereignty provides the believer. Conversely, a wrong theology of the cross will cause us to react adversely to God's sovereignty. Martin Luther's distinction between a theology of glory and a theology of the cross points us in the right direction. We are then able to read about the Spirit's interceding for us, about God's foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and glorification of the lost sinner with sweet assurance. Paul's claim that all things work for good for those who love God and his climactic conclusion to the chapter that "nothing in all creation shall separate us from the love of God" only make sense and reach our hearts and minds if God really is sovereign.