Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Doctrine of The Divine Decrees. Part 6.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Point 1. Definition and description. A decree simply means to make a determination, a decision, or a judgment from a group of individuals - in this case, the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The decrees are the all-inclusive will and purpose of God concerning all that ever was or ever will be, which originates wholly within Himself.
Point 2. There are five characteristics of the divine decrees.
(A) The decrees are all-comprehensive. Everything you think, why you think it, and the environment in which you think it, was all known to God in eternity past.
Although it may not seem to some of you that your life has been blended perfectly together by God, in heaven you will understand that it was!
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.
(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.
(D) The decrees are unchangeable and certain.
God is never caught “not knowing” something.
(E) The decrees are the free choice of God in eternity past.
The decrees of God are His eternal purpose according to the counsels of His own will whereby for His own glory He has foreordained whatever comes to pass.
The decrees are the all-inclusive will and purpose of God concerning all that ever was or ever will be, which originates wholly within Himself and which He Himself alone must have objectively designed for His own glory and for His satisfaction.
Because of the finite mental limitations of man, we must perceive the divine decrees by logical and chronological progression.
From this comes that concept that the sovereignty of God and the free will of man co-exist in human history by divine decree.
The two parts of God’s absolute perfect integrity, which is His righteousness and justice, are called His holiness.
We are left here to have capacity and enjoyment for life.
We are here to find the true meaning and purpose and definition of life, as it relates to being a member of the Royal Family of God, and therefore a stranger in cosmos diabolicous.
Billions and billions and billions of years ago in eternity past, the omniscience of God knew every thought, every freewill decision, and every action of every person who would ever live.
This was fed into a giant computer, which is actually categorized theologically by two words: divine decrees, and foreordination.
Only facts were entered into the computer.
So we get a printout, called election.
We get another printout, called foreknowledge; this is a part of the doctrine of the perfect plan of God.
Then we have another printout, which comes from foreordination, which we simply call predestination.
We have another printout, called justification.