The Decrees of God (part 1)

One of my favorite attributes of God is His sovereignty, specifically displayed through His decrees over all future events. I find much comfort as His child, knowing that “he chose [me] in him before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4a). Although, He not only predetermined my salvation, but He also preplanned every aspect of my being and my life. It is so assuring to know that there are no such things as “random chances” or “coincidences”. Rather, my heavenly Father is intentionally bringing about every trial, every blessing, every situation, and every circumstance to fulfill His predetermined purposes for my life!

I was reminded of this recently when reading through Arthur W. Pink’s booklet, simply titled “The Attributes of God”. This is an excellent condensed booklet on the many facets of God’s wondrous character and I highly recommend it, but I will simply focus on my favorite attribute for the purpose of this post.

As Pink wrote:

The decree of God is his purpose of determination with respect to future things… The decrees of God relate to all future things without exception: whatever is done in time was foreordained before time began. god’s purpose was concerned with everything, whether great or small, whether good or evil, although with reference to the latter we must be careful to state that while God is the Orderer and Controller of sin, he is not the Author of it in the same way that he is the Author of good. Sin could not proceed from a holy god by positive and direct creation, but only by decretive permission and negative action. God’s decree is as comprehensive as his government, extending to all creatures and all events. It was cincerned about our life and death; about our state in time, and our state in eternity. As God works all things after the counsel of his own will, we learn from his works what his counsel is (was), as we judge of an architect’s plan by inspecting the building which was erected under his directions.

God did not merely decree to make man, place him upon the earth, and then leave him to his own uncontrolled guidance; instead, he fixed all the circumstances in the lot of individuals, and all the particulars which will comprise the history of the human race from its commencement to its close. He did not merely decree that general laws should be established for the government of the world, but he settled the application of those laws to all particular cases. Our days are numbered, and so are the hairs of our heads. We may learn what is the extent of the Divine decrees from the dispensations of providence, in which they are executed. The care of Providence reaches to the most insignificant creatures, and the most minute events–the death of a sparrow, and the fall of a hair.” (p. 15-17)

When I think of this in the context of “LIFE”, I am deeply encouraged to know that my heavenly Father is intimately involved in every aspect of my life. I pray that you will find the same encouragement!

Pink continues to expound on this great and wondrous attribute of God in greater detail in the text that follows. However, because each point he raises is so rich and saturated with hope for the Christian life, I will spread them out and break-up the text into parts. As you read through each part, really meditate on each point and think through its implications before moving onto the next. (Feel free to leave a comment or two and share your thoughts with others as well :-)). In doing so, it should hopefully prevent you from being too overwhelmed or lost in the jargon.

Again, I pray that these excerpts would be a source of encouragement as you learn more (or in some cases, are reminded of truth you already knew) about an amazing aspect of our great God!

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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3 Responses to The Decrees of God (part 1)

  1. Mom says:

    Right now in my life I have been finding that immeasurably comforting!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Praise God! That is so cool!!!

    It is amazing to think that our God is so great that even His very nature can serve as a blessing to His children.

  3. geoff says:

    Awesome quote, my love.

    Praise God for His goodness to us.

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