Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Divine Degrees. Part 12.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

God’s decrees
include:
1. His directive will.
2. His permissive will.
3. His overruling will.

The only way any believer can really know the difference between God’s directive will, His permissive will, or His overruling will is found in having their spiritual senses trained or exercised, HEB 5:13-14; 1TI 4:7-8.

There is a Distinction Between What God Permits and What He Desires.

Laws regulate human conduct, while decrees are God’s plan and action in eternity past.
Laws can be broken; the decrees of God can never be broken.

Then there is also the distinction between God’s desires in the decrees, like election, and the rejection of God’s desires.

1TI 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
EZE 18:32 “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,” declares the Lord God. “Therefore, repent and live.”

Therefore, when a person rejects Christ as Savior, God knew all about that in eternity past.
However, He still provided the opportunity for them to believe.

ROM 11:32 For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.
GAL 3:22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin,
PSA 51:5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
GAL 3:22 – man is said to be restricted by divine decree to be under sin.

God is said to have confined all in unbelief that they might become the objects of divine mercy.

Under election, God willed His highest and best for every believer and therefore He deposited in escrow blessings for time and greater blessings for eternity.

1CO 3:15 If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss [escrow blessings for eternity]; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.
2PE 1:10 “Be motivated even more to make certain about His calling and election;”

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