Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Doctrine of Divine Decrees part 9: Standing on the border between the infinite and the finite.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Point 4: Standing on the border between the infinite and the finite.
The issue must stand without modification that God, who is actively and infinitely holy and who is utterly free in all His enterprises has permitted evil.
God is able to create or not create and to exclude evil from that which He did create, but He has, nevertheless, permitted evil to appear and run its course in angelic and human spheres.
“If every thing in religion were level to the comprehension of reason, there would be no room for faith.”
“It is better to believe humbly, than to reason presumptuously.”
“And presumptuous all those reasonings may be called, which lead to the denial of the immutability of the divine counsels, or of the freedom of the human will; which make man a machine, and God the author of sin.—Lectures on Theology, p. 186”
God is not imposed upon by sin. He did not have to permit it. God is perfectly holy and He hates sin fully. Sin is present in the universe and it has done great injury to creatures.
God has permitted sin in His universe, but He also conquered it in eternity past through the unlimited atonement.
1 John 3:9
No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
We brought upon ourselves a nature that trends towards sin and evil and God responded with an act that subverts and conquers that nature with a new nature that trends towards divine good.
Sin is here to stay until human history is over.
We do know that is was not the purpose of God to avoid sin or to dispose of it before its appointed time.
Though God hated sin fully, His Justice was satisfied with it in EP when He decreed the unlimited atonement.
"And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.