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Doctrine of Divine Decrees part 3: Definition.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Deut 29:29
"The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

It is folly to suppose that the revealed things include all that there is to be known. The theologian is not to be discredited but rather commended who, when confronted with the secret things of God, is able to say, I do not know.

Why are there fallen creatures and sin and imperfections in a universe where a holy God rules supreme?

“Grace is the unmerited complement of need.” (Bishop Moule)

After a while of learning you are now called to follow a specific pattern that is not only beyond what you ever imagined but will bring you to the end of what you thought you ever were and a beginning of what you never thought possible.

HEB 5:12
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

ISA 30:18
Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

Point 2 Definition:

The decree of God is His eternal, holy, wise, and sovereign purpose, comprehending simultaneously all things that ever were or will be in their causes, conditions, successions, relations, and determining their certain futurition.

The decree of God is His eternal (always existed), holy (perfect integrity), wise (the application of omniscience to creation), and sovereign purpose, comprehending simultaneously all things that ever were or will be in their causes, conditions (status), successions (interaction with others that leads to certain decisions), relations, and determining their certain futurition.

1. The term decree of God appears first in the singular, since God has but one all-inclusive plan. He sees all things at a glance.

Nor is it true that God can have a particular purpose and have something go on in His universe that is unrelated.

Luke 12:6
Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? And yet not one of them is forgotten before God.

With God there is one immutable decree embracing in itself every detail, even the falling of a sparrow. It is the divine cognition from all eternity.

Acts 15:18
Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. (KJV)

2. God formed His decree in eternity, though its execution is in time.

God’s decree is final but it is successive. We all live what God has already seen and the intrusion of His will in our lives was designed. Just because God knew it doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it.

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