Westminster Confession, week 5

January 30, 2016

Chapter 3: Of God’s Eternal Decree

1: God from all eternity, did, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely, and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass;[65] yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin,[66]nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures; nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.[67]

2: Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions;[68] yet has He not decreed anything because He foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions.[69]

3: By the decree of God, for the manifestation of His glory, some men and angels[70] are predestinated unto everlasting life; and others foreordained to everlasting death.[71]

4: These angels and men, thus predestinated, and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.[72]

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