We’ve made a good start at discovering how God acts in this world through miracles, providence, and creation. His Lordship is demonstrated in real time now, through the beginning of time in creation, and all the way back to eternity past. The Lordship of God in eternity past is best seen through His eternal decrees.
I mentioned the Westminster Shorter Catechism before. Listen to what it says about God’s decrees: (they are) “…His eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for His own glory, He hath fore-ordained whatever comes to pass.”
This supports our earlier discovery, that God controls everything. Stated this way though, we see that this control is the evidence of a plan, and the Bible calls it “his counsel, or the thoughts of His own heart.” It seems even on a cursory reading of scripture that God has already thought this thing through. Knows every possible nuance of every possible decision of every person who has lived, is living or will live. And because He has a PLAN (reason, goal, and purpose for everything)… God is able to make “all things work together for good.” [Romans 8:28; Ephesians 1:11]
Let’s read how God’s plan goes back before time into eternity past…
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.
O LORD, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.
Have you not heard? Long ago I ordained it. In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.
Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
1 Corinthians 2:7
No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.
…just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
…also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will…
Please don’t miss the most significant and wonderful truth of Ephesians 1:4. Jesus Christ the LORD chose me… chose YOU… before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him!!! It was the PLAN. It was the PURPOSE. It was the GOAL. It was the RESULT of all He decreed from eternity past!
So, in all the ways that God acts, [miracles, providence, creation, and decrees] He is LORD of ALL, and LORD throughout time.
Another way the Bible teaches us about God, and pretty clear and directly, is by describing what God is like. The Bible’s many descriptions of God are intended to help us get past all the theoretical (theological mumbo jumbo) evidence, to see and know Him personally.
Next time, we’ll dig into the names, images, and attributes of God revealed to us through the Bible.
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