Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What is God's plan?

Excellent article on God's decrees.

The Order of Decrees

Supralapsarian Infralapsarian Amyraldian Arminian Semi-Pelagian Pelagian
To create mankind
To elect some to eternal life and the rest to eternal separation To permit the fall of man To permit the fall of man - physical and moral deterioration Gift of free will whereby each may do all that is required of him
To permit the fall of man To elect some to eternal life, leaving the rest to their just deserts The atonement of Christ - where all men are made savable, with salvation conditioned on individual faith. The atonement of Christ - where satisfaction is made for all men and all are given sufficient grace to believe, if they will The atonement of Christ - to make possible the gift of sufficient grace and give this grace to all Gift of the law and gospel to illuminate the way and persuade men to walk in it.
The atonement of Christ - where satisfaction is made for the elect thus securing their redemption To elect some to receive moral ability and the necessary grace to believe To predestine to eternal life those whom He foresaw would believe of their own free will Salvation of all who freely cooperate with this grace Gift of Christ to (expiate past sin and) set a good example
The gift of the Holy Spirit to regenerate and sanctify the redeemed The gift of the Holy Spirit to sanctify believers Sanctification of all who cooperate with the sufficient grace Sanctification by cooperation with God's grace Acceptance of all who walk in the right way

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