I think it is important to define carefully what we mean by the “decree of God” as the topic will come up often in discussions of theology proper.
The decree of God is His
4. wise; and
5. sovereign purpose.
The decree of God comprehends at once all things
1. that ever were; or
2. will be.
These things are comprehended in their
On the subject of God's drawing from Scripture, the following questions are often posed:
Who does God say that He draws?
John 12:32 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
Further the conversation goes...
Since Christ was lifted up, therefore we conclude God draws everyone to Him. Persons that reject Him do so on by their own freewill. This is our own shortcoming. God draws all to
How are a man's inclinations and the decree of God related? Did God decree everything that we are inclined to choose?
Let’s refresh ourselves concerning an earlier portion of my recent post on the decree:
Originally Posted by ”AMR”
God has decreed to move or to permit free moral agents to act in the exercise of their free moral agency…
…it is vitally important to note that while God’s decree includes the ends, His decree encompasses the means, the causes as well
As Spurgeon once preached:
“There is no attribute of God more comforting to his children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that Sovereignty has ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all.
There is nothing for which the children of God ought more earnestly to contend than the dominion of their Master over all
Every positive attribute of God inheres in all positive attributes of God. We must be careful to avoid separating the divine essence and the divine attributes. We must also guard against false conceptions of the relation in which these attributes stand with each other. This is the most egregious error of many heretodoxies.
God’s attributes are not parts composing the Divine Essence. The whole essence is in each attribute, and the attribute in the essence. We should not conceive