Q.8. How does God execute his decrees.?
A. God executes his decrees in the works of creation and providence.
1. Shall all God's decrees be executed? Yes: for the Lord of hosts hath sworn, surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass, Isa.14:24. Can any of them be defeated? No: for the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? Isa. 14:27. Did God execute his decree in the work of creation? Yes: he hath created all things, and for his pleasure they are and were created, Rev. 4:11. And does he execute his decrees in the works of providence? Yes: for out of the mouth of the Most High both evil and good proceed, Lam. 3:38.
2. Did God begin to work in the creation of the world? Yes: Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundations of the earth, Heb. 1. 10. Is he still working? Yes: for Christ says, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work, John 5:17. Are all his works copied out of his counsels? Yes: for they are what his hand and his counsel determine before to be done, Acts 4: 28.
3. Are God's works many? Yes: 0 Lord, how manifold are thy works! Ps. 104:24. Are they great? Yes: his work is honourable and glorious, Ps. 111:8. Are they perfect in their kind? Yes: God is the Rock, his work is perfect, Deut. 32:4. Can they be amended? No: whatsoever God doth, nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it, Eccl. 3:14. Ought they to be studied? Yes: They are sought out of all them that have pleasure therein, Ps. 111:2. Is it a great sin to neglect them? Yes:
because they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operations of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up, Ps. 28:5.
4. Can all God's works be thoroughly discovered? No: for no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end, Eccl. 3:11. Can his designs in them be accounted for? No: for his way is in the sea, and his path in the great waters, Ps. 77:19. But is he glorified in them? Yes: all his works do praise him, Ps. 145:10.