An Absolute Guarantee

The wisdom and power of God being alike infinite, the accomplishment of whatever He hath purposed is absolutely guaranteed.  It is no more possible for the divine counsels to fail in their execution that it would be for the thrice holy God to lie.

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 17

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What a wondrous Being is the God of Scripture!

What a wondrous Being is the God of Scripture!  Each of His glorious attributes should render Him honorable in our esteem.  The apprehension of His omniscience ought to bow us in adoration before Him.  Yet how little we do meditate upon this divine perfection!  Is it because the very thought of it fills us with uneasiness?

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 16

Even the Pagans Realized Something Was Different

Recently I have been reading a historical study by Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity.  A sociologist of religion, Stark investigated the success of the early Christian movement, which, starting from a few thousand followers, grew to encompass half of the population of the Roman Empire in three centuries.  In the midst of a hostile environment, the Christians simply acted on their beliefs.  Going against the majority culture, they treated slaves as human beings, often liberating them, and elevated women to positions of leadership.  When an epidemic hit their towns, they stayed behind to nurse the sick.  They refused to participate in such common practices as abortion and infanticide.  They responded to persecution as martyrs, not as terrorists. And when Roman social networks disintegrated, the church stepped in.  Even one of their pagan critics had to acknowledge that early Christians loved their neighbors “as if they were our own family.”

– Yancey, Phillip

as quoted by Brown, Steve; Three Free Sins: God’s Not Mad At YouHoward Books;  New York, copyright 2012; Kindle Edition; Location 2411

Divine Sovereignty Means that God is God

The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His  supremacy.  Being infinitely elevated above the  highest creature, He is  the Most High, Lord of heaven and earth.  Subject to none, influenced by none, absolutely independent; God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, always as He pleases.  None can thwart Him, none can hinder Him.  So His own Word expressly declares: “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure” (Isaiah 46:10); “He doeth according to His will in the army of heavens, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay His hand” (Daniel 4:35).  Divine sovereignty means that God  is God in fact, as well as in name, that  He is on the Throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things “after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 30

What Praise and Gratitude Are Due

What praise and gratitude are due unto God for His divine decrees.  It is because of them that “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).  Well may we exclaim, “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things:  to Whom be glory for ever, Amen.” (Romans 11:36)

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 14

That Was Not God’s Decree

God did not merely decree to make man, place him upon the earth, and then leave him to his  own uncontrolled guidance; instead, He fixed all the circumstances in the lot of individuals, and all the particulars which will comprise history of the human race from its commencement to its close.  He did not merely decree that general laws should be established for the government of the world, but He settled the application of those laws to all particular cases.  Our days are numbered, and so are the hairs of our heads.  We may learn what is the  extent of the divine decrees from the dispensations of providence, in which they are  executed.  the care of Providence reaches to the most insignificant creatures, and the most minute events – the death of a sparrow, and the fall of a hair.

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 12

Known to God are All His Works From the Beginning of the World

The decree of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things.  We have used the singular number as Scripture does (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 3:11), because there was only one act of His infinite mind about future things.  But we speak as if there had been many, because our minds are only capable of thinking of successive revolutions, as thoughts and occasions arise, or in reference to the various objects of His decree, which being many seem to us to require a distinct purpose for each one.  But an infinite understanding does not proceed by steps, from one stage to another: “Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).

– Pink, Arthur W.; The Attributes of God; Kindle Edition; page 10