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12/10/2011 / Test All Things

The Purpose and Decrees of God

The final perseverance of the saints may be concluded from the purposes and decrees of God; which are infrustrable, and are always accomplished; “The Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?” (Isaiah 14:27) Or make it void, and of no effect?

And “his hand is stretched out”, to execute his purposes, “and who shall turn it back” (Isaiah 14:27) from doing the thing he is resolved on?

As he has “thought, so shall it come to pass”; and as he has “purposed, it shall stand” (Isaiah. 14:24), though there may be a thousand devices in the hearts of men and devils, they can never counteract, nor undermine the decrees of God.

His “counsel shall stand”, every purpose of his, and particularly his “purpose according to election” (Romans 9:12); ; which stands not upon the foot of “works”, but upon the will “of him that calls” (Romans 9:13), which is unalterable and irreversible.

“The election hath obtained” (Romans 11:7), or the elect, in all ages, have obtained righteousness, life, and salvation; it is not possible they should be deceived; nor can any charge be laid against them by law or justice, and therefore must be saved.

Election is an ordination of men to eternal life, and therefore they shall never die the second death; it is an appointment of them to salvation, and therefore they shall be saved; they are chosen to obtain the glory of Christ, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth; and accordingly they are sanctified by the Spirit, and do believe in Christ, who is the truth, and shall be glorified; for between their predestination and glorification, there is an inseparable connection; “Whom he did predestinate—them he also glorified” (Romans 8:30).

By John Gill

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