Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Divine Decrees. Part 14.
Friday, August 5, 2011
1. His directive will.
2. His permissive will.
3. His overruling will.
God is said to have confined all in unbelief that they might become the objects of divine mercy. However, He still provided the opportunity for them to believe.
Just like “by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast; EPH 2:8-9, so COL 2:6, As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, God’s desire is to bless you, and He has; however your desires can cause you to reject His blessings.
God knew all your negative decisions and programmed them into the divine decrees because He will not interfere with your free will.
While sin and death are displeasing to God and incompatible with His divine nature, nevertheless, they belong to the decrees under the category of the fall of man.
While loser believers are displeasing to God and incompatible with His sovereign will, nevertheless, they belong to the decrees, having a printout from their own free will. God’s decree rendered all things as certain to occur and He decided that they would exist.
In giving us volition, He also decreed that our decisions, whatever they might be, would certainly take place, even those that are contrary to His desires.
The decrees include a lot of things which are not God’s desires, because the decrees include all the things you think, say or do.
Sin, human good, and evil are not the desires of God but are in the decrees because they are performed by our free will.
This means that God desires His perfect will and sovereignty, but both angelic and human creatures use their God-given free will and self-determination to violate the desires of God.
The decrees contain both the will of God and desires of God.
God does not desire to cast His creatures into the Lake of Fire forever, but it is so decreed under the printout of retribution for all who express negative volition at God-consciousness and at Gospel hearing.
The wicked would get more and more wicked and if they had the freedom to choose, there would be nothing but chaos in the universe.
They are confined to the eternal prison of the Lake of fire described in REV 14:11 as a place where their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night.
REV 20:15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
REV 19:20, it is described as the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.
REV 21:8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
1. God does not desire to cast His creatures into the Lake of Fire forever, but it is so decreed under the printout of retribution for all who express negative volition at God-consciousness and at Gospel hearing.
2. God does not desire the discipline of believers, but it is decreed for all believers who live in carnality, apostasy, and reversionism.
3. Unlimited atonement is the demonstration that the sovereignty of God desires that no one should perish.