(3) Of God's Eternal Decree
Series Westminster Confession 2023
When studying God one quickly has to answer challenging questions. How far does God's authority extend? How much of what happens in this world is God responsible for? For those who take Scripture seriously God's eternal decree cannot be avoided. Paul sums up what the entire Bible reveals: God "works all things according to the counsel of his will" (Eph. 1:11). You must believe that. And in the abstract, for God to be sovereign is just what anyone might expect.
But the teaching gets hard when we apply it to specifics. How does God's sovereignty relate to evil in this world? Does God's decree undermine human responsibility? Is the eternal punishment of the wicked really God's will? Clearly "this high mystery … must be handled with special prudence and care." We must "deal with this teaching in a godly and reverent manner … with a view to the glory of God's name, holiness of life, and the comfort of anxious souls." We must study God's decrees honestly, humbly, and submissively.
|Date||Jan 22, 2023|
|Category||Sunday - PM|
|Bible Text||Ephesians 1:1-14|