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II. PROOF OF THE DOCTRINE OF DECREES. 1. From Scripture.

A. The Scriptures declare that all things are included in the divine decrees.

B. They declare that special things and events are decreed; as, for example,

(a) the stability of the physical universe,

(b) the outward circumstances of nations,

(c) the length of human life,

(d) the mode of our death and

(e) the free acts of men, both good acts and evil acts.

C. They declare that God has decreed

(a) the salvation of believers,

(b) the establishment of Christ?s kingdom and

(c) the work of Christ and of his people in establishing it. A.

<231426> Isaiah 14:26, 27 ? ?This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations; for Jehovah of hosts hath purposed? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?? 46:10, 11 ?

?declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure? yea, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it.? <270435>Daniel 4:35 ? ?doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?? <490111>Ephesians 1:11 ? ?the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will?

<19B989> Psalm 119:89-91 ? ?For ever, O Jehovah, thy word is settled in heaven Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: Thou hast established the earth and it abideth They abide this day according to thine ordinances; for all things are thy servants?

(b) <441726>Acts 17:26 ? ?he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation? cf.

<380501> Zechariah 5:1 ? ?came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass? = the fixed decrees from which proceed Gods providential dealings?

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