This is a book study on John Lennox’s book ‘Determined to Believe: The Sovereignty of God, Freedom, Faith, and Human Responsibility’. Lennox openly acknowledges that he has not provided definite solutions to these deep questions of the faith and that there is mystery involved. He clearly acknowledges that God is sovereign, but that we need to think carefully about what the word ‘sovereign’ means Biblically. This book, per my understanding, is an invitation for Christians to spend time thinking deeply about what the Bible means when it describes God as sovereign.
Greetings fellow bookies (@Interested_in_book_studies) - we are now on our final Chapter! I look forward to hearing your favorite quotes and your reflections on the book as a whole. This will be the last post in this series.
My main takeaways were:
- The issue of divine determinism will be discussed until the Lord returns
- Ultimately, as long as we find our hope and joy and peace in Christ alone, that is the main point
Questions for Discussion
- How does Christ + nothing = everything?
- How can theological controversies prevent us from trusting God and loving others the way that we should?
- What are your biggest takeaways from the book?
The key point is that this was no covenant between two parties in the usual sense. It was a commitment and a promise of one party to another.
It is also sometimes said that we are justified by faith towards God and we are justified by works towards our fellow men and women.
However, that is not the issue at stake, either in Hebrews 6 or in Genesis 22. The Hebrews passage says that God is not so unjust as to overlook your work (6:10 ESV). It is God here who is interested in seeing the evidence of genuineness in the lives of believers.
Trusting God plus anything else is dangerous, especially if security is the issue. Abraham needed to learn, as we who trust in God through Christ need to learn, that there is no real security to be had unless our trust is “in Christ alone”, as the beautiful hymn of that name says.
The use of the term impossible reminds us of when, towards the beginning of Hebrews 6, the writer spoke of it being impossible to get certain people to repent. They turned out not to be true believers. But now the writer is speaking of true believers whose security is guaranteed by another impossibility – that of God to lie.
They will be discussed until the Lord comes and tells us what we should really have thought.