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Chapter 3

Of God’s Decree

Paras  
1-2 I. The general decree of all events
1 A. Its universality
 

1. Plainly stated

 

2. Carefully guarded

 

From impugning the holiness of God

 

From implying the error of fatalism

 

3. Practically viewed

2 B. Its unconditionality
3-7 II. The specific decree of predestination to life
3-4 A. Its major attributes
3

1. Its distinguishing selectivity

4

2. Its unchanging specificity

5-6 B. Its positive outworking: the election of those predestinated
5

1. The gracious basis of election

6

2. The effectual execution of election — its means

 

Their divine appointment

 

Their exact identity

 

Their exclusive objects

7 C. Its prudent handling

From: Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Evangelical Press, 1989), p. 61-62. Used by permission.

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