Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Divine Decrees. Part 6. The mystery of the omniscience of God (con’d).
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The Doctrine of the Divine Decrees.
Point 1. Decrees = the eternal plan by which God has perfectly defined and executed all of the events of the universe (angelic history, human history) past, present, and future.
Point 2. There are five characteristics of the divine decrees.
(A) The decrees are all-comprehensive.
That means that not the slightest uncertainty could exist as to one of the smallest or most insignificant of events without confusion to all.
Therefore, all events in the life of every person are interwoven and interdependent.
Not the slightest uncertainty could exist as to one of the smallest or most insignificant of events without confusion to all.
All events in the life of every person are interwoven and interdependent. God is perfect and therefore He gave you life at the exact time that He knew would be the best time and environment for you personally.
Everything you think, why you think it, and even the environment in which you think it, was all known to God in eternity past.
(B) The divine decrees are eternal.
Omniscience means God knew simultaneously everything that ever was or will be in their causes, conditions, successions, and relations.
The decrees are the eternal and simultaneous knowledge of omniscience expressing the will of God by which all things are brought into being and controlled and are made subject to His divine pleasure, and result in His eternal glory.
(C) God is perfect; therefore, His decrees are perfect.
DEU 32:4 The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.
(D) The decrees are unchangeable and certain.
(E) The decrees are the free choice of God in eternity past.
Having decreed, however, He is bound by His infinite faithfulness and truth to complete what He has begun.
PHI 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you an absolute good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
The “free choice of God” is very important because God, from His own sovereign volition, invented free will in two categories of creatures, angels and mankind, so that both categories can choose for or against God