Of God’s Decree
Chapter 3, Paragraph 1.
“…yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin, nor hath fellowship with any therein,...”
1 John 1:5.
Evil is rampant in this world. From the genocide and killing we hear on the news, to the fighting and backbiting in the workplace or family, to the bitterness and coveting of our own hearts, the fact that sin is present is undeniable. So when we learn that God is sovereign over all, and that He has decreed all things that are to pass, we look around and wonder how it can be. How can a holy and righteous God decree all things when there is evil? Did He decree this evil? Did He create this evil?
R.C. Sproul states:
One thing we know for sure is that evil does exist. It exists, if nowhere else, in us and in our behavior. We know that the force of evil is extraordinary and brings great pain and suffering into the world. We also know that God is sovereign over it and in His sovereignty will not allow evil to have the last word. Evil always and ever serves the ultimate best interest of God Himself. It is God in His goodness and in His sovereignty who has ordained the final conquest over evil and its riddance from His universe. In this redemption we find our rest and our joy — and until that time, we live in a fallen world.
All of our knowledge about God comes to us from Bible. From its pages we know that God has no fellowship with darkness. He is not the author of sin, and cannot abide sin due to His holiness. Sin does not originate with God but from His fallen creatures. God however limits it, and orders it for His own purposes. We also know that He is all-powerful, most wise, and that He has freely decreed what will happen. This course of events is the best because the One who has decreed it makes no errors. We have to trust this even though our surroundings and our own frailties tempt us to believe otherwise.
Questions to Consider
- Have you ever wrestled with the problem of evil?