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Easton's Bible Dictionary

 

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Decrees of God
        "The decrees of God are his eternal, unchangeable, holy, wise,
        and sovereign purpose, comprehending at once all things that
        ever were or will be in their causes, conditions, successions,
        and relations, and determining their certain futurition. The
        several contents of this one eternal purpose are, because of the
        limitation of our faculties, necessarily conceived of by us in
        partial aspects, and in logical relations, and are therefore
        styled Decrees." The decree being the act of an infinite,
        absolute, eternal, unchangeable, and sovereign Person,
        comprehending a plan including all his works of all kinds, great
        and small, from the beginning of creation to an unending
        eternity; ends as well as means, causes as well as effects,
        conditions and instrumentalities as well as the events which
        depend upon them, must be incomprehensible by the finite
        intellect of man. The decrees are eternal (Acts 15:18; Eph. 1:4;
        2 Thess. 2:13), unchangeable (Ps. 33:11; Isa. 46:9), and
        comprehend all things that come to pass (Eph. 1:11; Matt. 10:29,
        30; Eph. 2:10; Acts 2:23; 4:27, 28; Ps. 17:13, 14).
        The decrees of God are (1) efficacious, as they respect those
        events he has determined to bring about by his own immediate
        agency; or (2) permissive, as they respect those events he has
        determined that free agents shall be permitted by him to effect.
        This doctrine ought to produce in our minds "humility, in view
        of the infinite greatness and sovereignty of God, and of the
        dependence of man; confidence and implicit reliance upon wisdom,
        rightenousness, goodness, and immutability of God's purpose."

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Decrees of God' Eastons Bible Dictionary".
bible-history.com - Eastons; 1897.

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