A Thought on Sovereignty and Cosmic Warfare

For several months I have been thinking, off and on, about the theme of cosmic warfare in scripture and how it is reconciled to the sovereignty of God.  Below is a concise statement I have written.  I’m not yet settled in my view, but this is a possibility.

In God’s original ordering of creation he gave humanity great freedom in their role as vice-regents mediating his kingdom reign on earth.  He likewise gave the angelic beings (Son’s of God) great freedom to execute their role in administering his kingdom.  After the fall, God chose not to completely rescind the freedom he had given, but rather has determined to demonstrate his sovereignty and power by achieving his ends in spite of the free choices of sinful creatures to oppose his kingdom rule.  He is redeeming the fallen world under the original parameters of his design.

I think this understanding avoids the extremes of both open theism and meticulous control.  It rightly maintains the tension between an all-knowing sovereign God and the reality of a powerful enemy and fallen image bearers whose kingdom legitimately opposes the kingdom of God.  What do you think?

Please keep the discussion civil.

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