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Chapter 3

Of God’s Decree

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

1. Its distinguishing selectivity


2. Its unchanging specificity

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

1. The gracious basis of election


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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