Q.7. What are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are his eternal purposes, according to the counsel of his own will : whereby for his own glory he hath foreordained whatever comes to pass.
1. Does God dispose of all things that come to pass? Yes : My times are in thy hand, Ps. 31:15. Does he do it according to his own will: Yes: for he hath done whatsoever he pleased, Ps. 115:3. Can any control his will? No: for he doth according to his will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, Dan. 4:35. Has he determined before what he will do? Yes: for known unto God are all his works, from the beginning of the world, Acts 15:18.
2. Is there a counsel then in all the will of God? Yes: for he worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, Eph. 1:11. Is it an eternal counsel? Yes: for it was ordained before the world, 1 Cor. 2:7. Is it free? Yes: Even so Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight, Matt. 11: 26. Is it unchangeable? Yes: the counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, Ps. 33:11. Is it for his own glory? Yes: that we should be to the praise of his glory, Eph. 1:12.
Were all the events of time ordained from eternity? Yes: He performeth the thing that is appointed for me, Job 23:14. Does any thing come to pass by chance? No: for the lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord, Prov. 16:33. Does every thing come to pass as God has ordained it? Yes: for there are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand, Prov. 19:21.
4.Can we search out God's counsels? No: for his judgments are a great deep, Ps. 36: 6. Ought we not therefore to acquiesce in them? Yes: Here am I, let him do to me as seemeth good unto him, 2 Sam. 15:26. May we question God's proceedings? No: for his thoughts are above our thoughts, Isa. 55: 9.