Volume 1 — #7501
What are the eternal decrees of God? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines this question by looking at what all of Scripture says concerning God and His works. The Bible teaches that before the world began God ordained all that would come to pass. The great plan is brought to fulfillment in creation and providence. This decree of God is God’s plan for the world; it encompasses creation, fall, and redemption. Even evil things are under God’s control. But, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes clear, evil is never caused by God, but only permitted. It is at this point that we must appeal to the great mystery of God. As finite creatures, we can never understand, or absolutely comprehend, all that God is and does. Faith requires us to rest in the mysteries of God. So, the great mystery of God’s sovereign and absolute decrees must be held to in faith wherein we trust not in ourselves, but in God alone. We can do this because God is a good and gracious Father who ordains all things for our good and His glory. This doctrine of God’s decree ought to give us great hope because we know that He is both a loving God and in control of all things!