The Eternal Will of God

1. It’s an eternal will; His will is as Himself and habitation, eternal. God’s will is not suspended unto time, to seethe creatures’ will before He wills concerning them; as if man’s will were to determine His; as if God could not determine His own will until He saw man’s. His counsels are called “counsels of old,” (Is. 25:1), to signify the eternity of them. We poor creatures will in time; but there is no time with Him, all is eternity with Him: His Mercy is said, not only to be everlasting, but “from everlasting,” (Ps. 103:17). His Love is said to be the same; His covenant is an “everlasting covenant,” (2 Sam. 23:5), as it hath no end, so no beginning. The acts of God’s will are all one with His will, His will is all one with His Essence, His Essence is one pure simple act; God is Love essentially, Wise essentially. We may have a being, yet be neither good nor wise; but God can as soon cease to be, as cease to be either. If there be no Divine will (saith Polhill upon the Divine Decrees), the glass of the Divine Prescience must be broken; because as God knows all essences in His own Divine Essence, all possible in His own Omni potency, all congruities and tendencies to His own Glory, in His own unsearchable Wisdom; so He knows all futures in His own eternal will: For all things future were in their own nature but possible, and could never become future, but by the Divine will; this future of the saints’ holiness is from the Divine will, “before the foundation of the world,” (Eph. 1:4).

Hercules Collins  (1646 -1702)                                                                                                          From a sermon delivered in 1696                                                                                         entitled “Mountains of Brass: Or A Discourse Upon The Decrees of God”

About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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