Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The Doctrine of Divine Decrees.
Friday, August 10, 2007
We are all left here in order to advance to spiritual maturity, in order to receive the imputation of divine blessing from the justice of God, to the imputed righteousness of God in us.
The two parts of God’s perfect absolute integrity 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.
Perfect God has a perfect plan for imperfect persons, and because we’re imperfect persons with an old sin nature, a perfect plan from a perfect God has variations and difficulties in the mechanics.
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, categorized theologically by two words: “divine decrees” and “foreordination.”
Only facts, which we call actuality, was fed into the computer.
Only true 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, called predestination.
We have another printout called justification.
The unbeliever is never said to be elected.
The unbeliever is never said to be foreknown.
The unbeliever is never said to be predestined.
Then we have the unbeliever, and there are many printouts concerning him. Condemnation, reprobation, judgment and so on.
Point 1. Definition and Description. The decree of God refers to 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 the certainty of their future.
The definition emphasizes that the omniscience of God knew simultaneously in eternity past everything that would happen in human history (the thought, action, and decision of every person in his life).