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The doctrine of the divine decrees. Part 14.

Friday, September 7, 2007

EPH 3:11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

1CO 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

1PE 4:16 “But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God,”

2TI 2:3-4 Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.

PHI 1:29 For to you it has been (graciously) granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake

We are called to this purpose as part of God’s plan, and we will receive the medal of honor in heaven forever and ever, a reward infinitely greater than the suffering He asked us to endure.

We will be stronger men and women of God when we endure and come out the other side of our sufferings, by His grace that He has provided us.

Therefore He decreed these things for our lives, as a gracious gift, because He knows the end from the beginning. He knows the fruit that will follow in our lives, that only comes from the pruning that takes place.

And He has decreed the existence of suffering for blessing!
Undeserved suffering that brings us staggering rewards and blessings in eternity.

God is proud of us when we bear our burdens for Him!
ROM 8:17-18, 1PE 4:13

JAM 1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

REV 2:10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

God doesn’t want us to run away from suffering.
He has decreed it.
And He is entrusting you with this special assignment as His soldier.

1CO 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

He calls us to remember why we are on this earth. The true meaning of life is to glorify Him, even in your suffering.
2Tim 2:3-4, JOH 19:17, GAL 6:5, Heb12:2-3, MAT 10:38, Luke 9:23, Acts 5:40-42.

Suffering has value in God’s eyes. You have a purpose in your suffering or testing. Men and angels are watching you. And so is the Lord who has trusted you to handle the test.
This was divinely decreed by our all-knowing God in eternity past.

Whatever your cross,
whatever your pain,
there will always be sunshine,
after the rain ....

A PLAN:


(1) The selection of some definite end or object to be accomplished.

All things have been made and decreed to happen to bring glory to the Creator not the creature!

ROM 1:25 "For they exchanged the truth of God [reason why they have been created] for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever."

COL 1:16 For by Him all things were created, {both} in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things have been created by Him and for Him.

(2) the second thing that a plan assumes is the choice of appropriate means.

(3) In the case of God, a plan assumes the effectual application and control of those means to the accomplishment of the contemplated end.

Lapsarianism, or the order of the divine decrees, is based upon God being glorified and all of His attributes bringing glory to Himself!

Point 4.
The distinctions 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 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.

They didn’t earn rewards and then lose them; they were elected to have them but they rejected that aspect of God’s election.

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;”

God knows all your negative acts but doesn’t interfere with your free will, for this would prevent the angelic conflict from ever being settled.

Many things that occur are results of angelic or human free will acting contrary to God’s desires.
He nevertheless decided or willed that these things would take place, thus making our volition truly free.

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