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"The Divine Decrees" Print E-mail
Written by Oshea Davis   
Tuesday, 13 February 2007

       By God's grace the SECOND EDITION of the  "The Divine Decrees", is now available to the public!  This SECOND edition is greatly expounded along with some minor updates and revisions. (344 pages. It was 186))

You may order here:

The Divine Decrees at my publishers website:

You can also buy the book a other major sellers such as: Barners & Noble.com  /  Monergism Book store (coming soon) etc...  And now a AMAZON.com

 

Here John Piper on his blog talk and recommend the book and in particular the Edwards essay: Piper 

"Oshea Davis just published in a self-standing volume (for the first time that I am aware of ) Jonathan Edwards’ Dissertation Concerning the Divine Decrees in General and Election in Particular. I am thankful for this service to the church. This 75 -page essay (in Davis’s work) proved enormously helpful to me along the way in my thinking about God’s sovereignty. "

 

 It comprises me forwarding and expounding on the original Edwards' dissertation, "Concerning the Divine Decrees in General and Election in Particular."  This book is not for the halfhearted reader.  It is a joyful and serious pondering on God's eternal decrees and what these decrees reveal about our God and our salvation.  Below are excerpts from the book.
Here is a section from the new Second Edition (taken from the forward).  Understanding Edwards' Systematic Theology. 

The links below are samples you my read on this site of some of the material in the book. 

Sample: Order in the Divine Decrees: BookCoverSmall  Or  Miss-Category and God as the author of evil.

 

 

"Objectors to the doctrine of election may say, God cannot always preserve men from sinning, unless he destroys their liberty.  But will they deny that an omnipotent, an infinitely wise God, could possibly invent and set before men such strong motives to obedience, and keep them before them in such a manner, as should influence them to continue in their obedience, as the elect angels have done, without destroying their liberty?  God will order it so that the saints and angels in heaven never will sin, and does it therefore follow that their liberty is destroyed, and that they are not free, but forced in their actions?  Does it follow that they are turned into machines and blocks, as the Armenians say the Calvinistic doctrine turn men?" - Jonathan Edwards     

 

"When Edwards refers to God's "moral perfections," He means that some people say it is a good rule, to judge all things by God's love and mercy.  However, Edwards point is that, if this is a good rule, then why not judge these same things by God's other Infinite perfections of Knowledge, Power, and Justice as well.  For example, some might say it is not loving for God to predestine men to heaven and some to hell.  Thus, they conclude this based on judging predestination against God's moral perfection of love.  Yet, I believe Edwards would reply in return that this conclusion dose not judge well against God's Infinite power and wisdom.  If God has infinite Power and Wisdom, wouldn't God be able to predestine people to heaven and hell as He so chooses and still have it set up by His infinite wisdom and power that men choose God by their own desires, which rightfully came from them, thus allowing them to be fully responsible.  Is God so limited?  Therefore, Edwards finally says that ultimately this rule of judging all things to God's moral perfections is not always a good rule in every case.  The scriptures suppose that there are some things we will not reconcile in this life to God's perfections. (Romans 9:19-21)" - Oshea Davis

 

"One thing I wish to contribute to Edwards' argument that it is unnatural to say the will determines itself is this: If the will was completely neutral with no inclination or bent toward one of the poles of morality, then in this light human beings are no different than blocks or machines.   A machine without having a predetermined bent toward something makes a choice purely based on fact.  Therefore, there must be something that  makes the will choose what it does in order to separate us from mere machines.  The answer is the human heart and its overflow of desire.  This is what causes the will to choose what it does.  Whatever the heart is most bent on, whether good or evil, is what the will chooses.  Romans 6 makes this reality of the heart's power over the will clear when it says we are either "enslaved" to "sin"(ver. 17) or slaves to "God's" superior beauty (ver.22).  Furthermore, according to Proverbs 21:1, God says He has complete control and uses this control where the heart is turned." -Oshea Davis

 

      "It is a proper and excellent thing for infinite glory to shine forth; and for the same reason, it is proper that the shining forth of God's glory should be complete; that is, that all parts of his glory should shine forth, that every beauty should be proportionally effulgent, that the beholder may have a proper notion of God.  It is not proper that one glory should be exceedingly manifested, and another not at all; for then the effulgence would not answer the reality.  For the same reason it is not proper that one should be manifested exceedingly, and another but very little.  It is highly proper that the effulgent glory of God should answer his real excellency; that the splendor should be answerable to the real and essential glory, for the same reason that it is proper and excellent for God to glorify himself at all.  Thus, it is necessary, that God's awful majesty, his authority and dreadful greatness, justice, and holiness, should be manifested.  But this could not be, unless sin and punishment had been decreed; so that the shining forth of God's glory would be very imperfect, both because these parts of divine glory would not shine forth as the others do, and also the glory of his goodness, love, and holiness would be faint without them; nay, they could scarcely shine forth at all.  If it were not right that God should decree and permit and punish sin, there could be no manifestation of God's holiness in hatred of sin, or in showing any preference, in his providence, of godliness before it.  There would be no manifestation of God's grace or true goodness, if there was no sin to be pardoned, no misery to be saved from.  However much happiness he bestowed, his goodness would not be so much prized and admired, and the sense of it not so great, as we have elsewhere shown.  We little consider how much the sense of good is heightened by the sense of evil, both moral and natural.  And as it is necessary that there should be evil, because the display of the glory of God could not but be imperfect and incomplete without it, so evil is necessary, in order to the highest happiness of the creature, and the completeness of that communication of God, for which he made the world; because the creature's happiness consists in the knowledge of God, and sense of his love.  Moreover, if the knowledge of him were imperfect, the happiness of the creature must be proportionally imperfect; and the happiness of the creature would be imperfect upon another account also; for, as we have said, the sense of good is comparatively dull and flat, without the knowledge of evi." - Jonathan Edwards

 

"Praise God,  my, my righteousness cannot fade or be taken away, for Christ the Lord has made me righteous by His blood!  I was lost in darkness, but now the morning Star shines its grace upon me.  Hence, I know its light will only grow brighter as the years continue their race into the future.  As I peer into the future through that ancient and trusted window of God's words, I see Christ leading me by His hand into His Heavenly home and Majesty.  As I look back, back, back into the years gone past, even before the first year began to run its course, which God stretched before it, I see in the mind of God the same hands of electing and predestining grace leading me into His Kingdom of love.   I see that ancient living Fountain covering me with Mercies unending and unwavering.  Praise be to my God, for love never Fails; Christ's blood never fails me!  Oh, may His Unfailing Love be a sign to all the powers in the physical and spiritual plains that our God is Holy and there is none who compares to His Decrees, His Power, His Wisdom, and His Grace.  Heavenly Father, Almighty God!  Amen." - Oshea Davis

 
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