Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Doctrine of Divine Decrees part 1 - God is Sovereign.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
EPH 1:3 “Worthy of praise and glorification the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the [only] one having provided us [true] benefits by every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.”
“He chose us” - aorist middle indicative of eklego = exelexato, which means, “elected for Himself.”
ISA 43:25 I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.
“has blessed” — ho eulogesas - literally, “the one [God the Father] having blessed.” This is the aorist active participle from eulogeo.
The aorist participle (having blessed) precedes the main verb (elected for Himself) which occurred before the foundation of the world.
Therefore, the first thing that God ever did was the means of glorifying Himself - blessing you.
The second thing that God ever did was the means of making that blessing a reality for the believer - electing you.
Doctrine of the Divine Decrees:
Point 1: Introduction
"Man does not and cannot know everything, and when he acts as if he does, disaster follows,"
What is most disagreeable to God is a believer thinking that God is not in control of everything.
You are responsible for the free will decisions you make while under the permissive will of God.
Theologically the term decree refers to what God has planned before creation and its continuance.
God has predestined, foreordained, and made to come to pass all His good pleasure.
And although mankind mocks a perfect God, which results in imperfections, we know that God has graciously dealt with His fallen imperfect creatures in a way that allows Him to continue to prevail and complete His perfect plan.
God is Sovereign over all His creation. To think otherwise is to discredit Him.
Is God limited to having to choose the best plan for Him that doesn’t include the best plan for you? Does God have to choose between Himself and His creation?
ISA 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying,’My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
DAN 7:18 But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’
1 Co 11:24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me."
So God is able to accomplish the greatest good for Himself as well as His creatures. To accuse Him of anything less is to discredit Him.