"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

The decrees of God

“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,' calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.” Isaiah 46:9-11

The decrees of God

The decrees of God are His eternal purposes in the whole of creation. The way this world functions is not by some form of Deism or Pantheism but by the eternal will and purpose of God. Deism views the world as a system built to function on its own apart from the creator by the use of laws that governs nature, Pantheism on the other hand views God as nature or creation itself.

Decreed From All Eternity

Many people, especially evangelicals, may think of God as Omniscience (all knowing), that is, He knows everything that come to pass even the events that are yet to come, this they will affirm but in the final analysis would deny that God ordains events that come to pass. God not only owns and governs the universe, He has also created it to suit Himself as B.B. Warfield puts it. The infinite Being has from eternity past purposed everything according to His own will, He predestines every event that happens in the face of the universe as well as in heaven and nothing takes Him by surprise.

Human Will

Those who emphasize the human will rejects this attribute of God as they seem to think that though God is The supreme Being He does not rule over man as He has created man with a free will that is able to function outside God's dominion. This means that man can cause certain events that God intended not to take place.

Human Responibility

The decrees of God does not exclude human responsibility. What I mean by that is that God is not to be blamed for the actions of sinful humanity, though God has predestined everything, man is still responsible for his actions, man is a rational creature and is responsible for very choice he makes. I will give you certain examples from the Bible.

Genesis 3

God ordained the fall but He is not the author of sin, if God did not want Adam and his wife to eat of that tree He could have stopped it but He allowed it to happen. God is not to be blamed, but humans are.

(It should also be said  that God's Plan of redemption surpasses the fall and creation itself (cf. Eph. 1:4, Rev. 13:8). If God planned to saved humanity before creation, how did He know Adam and Eve would sin and thus need saving?)

Exodus

Another example is Pharaoh in the book of Exodus. Before Pharaoh was said to have hardened his heart, God had already said to Moses He will harden Pharaoh”™s heart (Exo. 4:21, 7:3). But we read again in Exodus 8:15 that Pharaoh is responsible for his actions not God.

In Salvation

Now that I have explained what the decrees of God are though not in detail, the same needs to be said about the salvation of man. God decreed His eternal plan of salvation and predestined certain individuals to receive His mercy through the blood of The Lord Jesus Christ but others are passed by. This is such a great comfort to us Christians, the God who governs the universe is our Father. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rom 8:28

Conclusion

God has purposed everything that comes to pass, and nothing happens outside of Him.

Soli Deo Gloria

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