Pefect Wisdom

6. A sixth property of the Divine will, is, That it’s a will of perfect Wisdom: Hence counsel is joined with it in the text; it’s not a mere will, but a will with a depth of Wisdom. He doth everything, which may render any wise, if it be wisdom to act to a right end; so doth God act all for Himself and His own Glory. “As he made, so he ordered all things for himself,” (Prov. 16:4). Moreover He knows and observes all circumstances of actions, all second causes are before God, how they will act, and when, and carries all on in an exact harmony with His Divine will and pleasure. This will is not mere will, but a will guided by the Reason and Counsel of His own Infinite Understanding. We never count a willful man a wise man, but all God’s acts are said to be in judgment, and working all things according to counsel. The wisest of men often miscarry in their ideas and contrivances; but God never did miscarry for want of Wisdom in anything; all the wisdom of men and angels is from Him. The Prophet Isaiah, speaking of man’s wisdom in plowing, sowing, threshing, “This wisdom cometh from the Lord of Hosts,” saith the Prophet, “who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working,” (Is. 28:24,29). As He made the world in Wisdom, so He governs it: for “he works all after the counsel of his own will.”

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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