By sovereignty, we mean that God actively governs everything. By everything, we mean all things that happen, from the greatest to the least of occurrences. "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?" asked Jesus. "Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father" (Matt. 10:29, NIV). So sovereignty means "according to God's sovereign will."
Note: What is sovereignty?
In chapter 46, Isaiah points out the utter sovereignty of God's will: "For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, `My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose"' (Isa. 46:9-10).
Note: If Paul is the preacher of soveriegnty in the New.. Isaiah is in the old.
Holiness is God's exalted singularity, the separation between God and His creatures, between the holy God and all evil. If the holy angels must cover their faces for the glory of God, how much more should men fall prostrate as sinners before so holy a Lord!
Note: Holiness and the worship of God.
You know you have met with God when you cry, "Woe is me!" This is what self-awareness produces when accompanied by God-awareness. Here we see the link between the sovereignty of God's grace and the self-abandonment that flows from the doctrine of total depravity.
Note: Woe is me!