THE DIVINE PURPOSE: Displayed in the Works of Providence and Grace in a Series of Letters to an Inquirer by John Matthews.
Q. 7. What are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.
READ A SAMPLE:
In your evening walk you tread on a worm, and crush it to death; presently you observe a venomous serpent near your path, which you also kill. In the first case, the effect, as it respected yourself, was accidental; that is, it happened without your intention; you had no design to injure the worm. But in the latter, the effect, or event, was according to your intention; your killing the serpent was in consequence of a design, previously and deliberately formed, in your mind. And yet, in both cases you were the cause of death. In a thousand instances, the exertions of men produce Effects, not only without design, but contrary to their deliberate intentions. But nothing like this can possibly happen with God. It would be the height of absurdity, and manifest the greatest ignorance of his character to suppose, that his power was exerted in blind efforts, and was producing effects, which he had not previously designed. Every effect which his power produces, is according to the predetermination of his own wisdom.
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