Study of Great Bible Truths – Lesson 14

Lesson 14: God’s Manner of Working
 
 In our last lesson we learned that The Holy Trinity has existed in the Godhead from all eternity.
 
1. Certain great principles underlie and characterize God’s work. Before God created the world and man, there are certain things which God determined and ordained before He began his creations.
 
2. From eternity God has had an unchangeable plan with reference to His creations. The plan of God comprehends and determines all things and events of every kind that comes to pass.
 
3. The salvation of men and women, and of angels, and of certain men and women in particular, was determined before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4 and Galatians 4:4, Matthew 11:25-26, John 6:37, Acts 13:48, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 1:9
 
4. Everything that God has done and has brought to pass is according to His own eternal plan, and it is fixed, certain, unchangeable and absolute.
 
5. If everything is determined by God, it must include of necessity, the free actions, the voluntary actions of free and voluntary agents. Ephesians 1:10-11, Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 10:29, Proverbs 21:1, Ephesians 2:10, Philippians 2:13.
 
6. There are events which appear to be accidental, but they too are controlled by God. The decrees of God are not dependent in any sense on human actions. They only depend of God’s own will and God’s own holiness.
 
7. God does not cause evil in any sense or in any degree. God DOES NOT APPROVE  OF EVIL, but He permits the wicked agents to perform it and then He overrules it for His own wise and holy ends.
 
8. The same decree of God which ordains the moral law that prohibits and punishes sin, also permits sin to occur. However, it limits and determines the precise channel to which it shall be confined, and the precise end to which it shall be directed, and overrules it’s consequences for good. Genesis 5:20

 

 Thought: We must realize that If we are a child of God, it is because He has determined it.  That’s why all believers should praise Him.

 

Next time:  Did you know that there are Good Angels and Bad Angels? Next time we will discuss Good Angels.

 


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