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I. Dios desde la eternidad, por el sabio y santo consejo de su voluntad, ordeno libre e inalterablemente todo lo que sucede. (1) Sin embargo, lo hizo de tal manera, que Dios ni es autor del pecado (2), ni hace violencia al libre albedrío de sus criaturas, ni quita la libertad ni contingencia de las causas secundarias, sino más bien las establece. (3)
1. Efesios 1:11; Romanos 11:33, 9:15,18; Hebreos 6:17.
2. Santiago 1:13,17; 1 Juan 1:5.
3. Hechos 2:23; 4:27-28; Mateo 17:12; Juan 19:11; Proverbios 16:33.

II. Aunque Dios sabe todo lo que puede suceder en toda clase de supuestas condiciones, (1) sin embargo, nada decreto porque lo preveía como futuro o como cosa que sucedería en circunstancias dadas. (2)
1. Hechos 15:18; 1 Samuel 23:11-12; Mateo 11:21,23.
2. Romanos 9:11,13,16,18.

III. Por el decreto de Dios, para la manifestación de su propia gloria, algunos hombres y ángeles (1) son predestinados a vida eterna, y otros preordenados a muerte eterna. (2)
1. 1 Timoteo 5:21; Mateo 25:41.
2. Romanos 9:22-23; Efesios 1:5-6; Proverbios 16:4.

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I. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable;a yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation;therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his Church;c and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing;d which maketh the holy Scripture to be most necessary;e those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.f

a.Psa 19:1-3Rom 1:19-201:32 with Rom. 2:12:14-15. b. 1 Cor 1:212:13-14. c. Heb 1:1. dProv 22:19-21Isa 8:19-20Mat 4:4710Luke 1:3-4Rom 15:4. e. 2 Tim 3:152 Pet 1:19. f. Heb 1:1-2.

Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), 1.1, Of Holy Scripture

“No other sufficient cause can possibly be assigned of this propagation the gospel, but only God’s own power. Nothing else can be devised as the reason of it but this. Their was certainly some reason Here was a great and wonderful effect the most remarkable change that ever was in the face of the world of mankind since the flood; and this effect was not without some cause. Now, what other cause can be devised but only the divine power? It was not the outward strength of the instruments which were employed in it. At first, the gospel was preached only by a few fishermen, who were without power and worldly interest to support them. It was not their craft and policy that produced this wonderful effect; for they were poor illiterate men. It was not the agreeableness of the story they had to tell to the notions and principles of mankind. This was no pleasant able: a crucified God and Saviour was to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness. It was not the agreeableness of their doctrines to the dispositions of men: for nothing is more contrary to the corruptions of men than the pure doctrines of the gospel. This effect therefore can have proceeded from no other cause than the power and agency of God: and if the power of God was what was exercised to cause the gospel to prevail, then the gospel is his word; for surely God does not use his almighty power to promote a mere imposture and delusion.”

-Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)

“Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:11).

“He that hath God for his portion, hath all things, because God is all things; he is a good that contains all good in himself. All the good that is to be found in honours, in riches, in pleasures, in preferments, in husband, in wife, in children, in friends, etc., is to be found only and eminently in God. You have all in that great God that is the saints’ great All.”

-Thomas Boston

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:8-10).

We’ve all felt the letdown. There is expectation, there is buildup, there is excitement, and then … it all falls flat. The climax we expected disappoints; or really, a quite unexpected anticlimax comes in its place, leaving us deflated and depressed.

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Romans 3:3-3, “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith [truth] of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”IMG_5720

God is true; indeed, He is most true. Infinitely true! He is so true that He is immune from all deception. We are exposed to a legion of lies, a plethora of pretences. But God cannot be misled or tricked. “Be not deceived: God is not mocked! For whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.”

God is is so true that He is incapable of falsehood. It is written in Scripture, “God, who cannot lie.” And “it is impossible fore God to lie.” Good men, however good they may have been, however well-proven their track record, even they can lie. Peter, the chief disciple among the rest, could hardly believe that he would deny Jesus. But so it was! That very night, just as Jesus predicted, he denied his master three times. But God is altogether incapable of lying. “In him is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” Is this a defect in God? Is this inability a broad crack in the wall of His omnipotence? By no means! As Ambrose put it, “What then is impossible to him? Nothing that is difficult for his power but only that which is contrary to his nature.” Would you trust God implicitly if He could lie? Indeed, the Bible says that God is so true that when He swears, He can swear by none other than by Himself!

Further, God is is so true that it is even morally unthinkable for him to deceive. The very idea that God could be false, contradict Himself, deny Himself, or in any way to allow His creatures to subvert or make null and void any of His truth, is wicked. This is clearly taught above in Rom. 3:4-6. “God forbid!” It is brazen blasphemy to suggest or even entertain the thought that God could lie.

You and I are lost in the wilds of falsehood, deceived and deceiving each other – and ourselves! Only God, only His Son Jesus Christ, the last and great Prophet who came into the world to bear witness of the truth, only He can banish the lies, the soul-damning lies that have us in bondage and will seal our doom. He is the true Light. Emerge from your darkness and follow Him!


lily_lilium_'citronella'_flower“Reason & natural justice alike move me to give up myself wholly to loving Him to whom I owe all that I have and am. But faith shows me that I should love Him far more than I love myself, as I come to realize that He hath given me not my own life, but even Himself… In the first creation He gave me myself; but in His new creation He gave me Himself, and by that gift restored me to the self that I had lost. Created first and then restored, I owe Him myself twice over in return for myself. But what have I to offer Him for the gift of Himself? Could I multiply myself a thousand-fold and then give Him all, what would that be in comparison with God?”

– Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

img_4115“God is wholly one Deut. 6. 4. Gal. 3. 20. 1 Tim. 2. 5. Hos. 13. 4. Mal. 2. 10. All creatures are subject to multiplication; there may be many of them and are many; many Angels, men, starres, and so in the rest. Not one of them is singular and onely one so; but one might conceive that there should be more; for he that made one of them, can make another and another, and as many as he pleaseth; but God is simply one, singular, and sole essence; there neither is, nor can be more then one God, because he is the first and best essence; and there can be but one first, and one best. He is Infinite, and there cannot be but one Infinite because either one of them should include the other, and so the included must needs be finite, or not extend to the other, and so it self not be Infinite. There was a first man, and a first in every kind of creature, but not any absolute first save God: one Eternall, and one Incomprehensible, saith Athanasius in his Creed.”

-Edward Leigh (1602-1671)

img_4122II. God has all life,[25] glory,[26] goodness,[27] blessedness,[28] in and of Himself; and is alone in and unto he himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he has made,[29] nor deriving any glory from them,[30] but only manifesting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things;[31] and has most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them whatsoever himself pleases.[32] In his sight all things are open and manifest,[33] his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature,[34] so as nothing is to Him contingent, or uncertain.[35] He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands.[36] To Him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them.[37]

Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)2.2

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