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In this section of the Baptist Larger Catechism, we are addressing Ch. 3 in the 1689 London Baptist Confession on God’s decrees. This section follows the Baptist Catechism (1693) and Keach’s Catechism closely in style. Expanded answers to these questions are based on the language of the 1689 Baptist Confession. An additional question has been added (Q15 on God’s particular decrees concerning angels and men). The language of this question is based on Paragraphs 5 & 6 in Ch. 3 of the 1689 Confession.

As before, feel free to comment on the questions below.


Q. 14: What are the decrees of God?

A: The decrees of God are the wise, free, and holy acts from the purposes of His will,1 whereby, from all eternity, He has, in Himself and for His own glory, unchangeably foreordained whatsoever comes to pass in time,2 particularly concerning angels and men.

1. Isaiah 45:6-7; Ephesians 1:11; Romans 11:33; Romans 9:14-18

2. Psalm 33:11; Isaiah 14:24; Acts 2:23; Acts 4:27-28; Romans 9:22-23; Ephesians 1:4, 11


Q. 15: What has God particularly decreed concerning angels and men?

A: By an eternal and immutable decree, which originates solely from His love and exists for the praise of His glorious grace to be manifested in due time, God has elected some angels to glory;1 and in Christ has chosen some men for eternal life, along with the means thereof. 2 Additionally, in accordance with His sovereign power and the unsearchable purposes of His will (by which He extends or withholds favor as He pleases), God passed by and foreordained the rest to be inflicted with dishonor and wrath for their sin, to the praise of His glorious justice.3

1. 1 Timothy 5:21; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6

2. Ephesians 1:4-6; Ephesians 2:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14; 1 Peter 1:2

3. Romans 9:17-22; Matthew 11:25-26; 2 Timothy 2:20; Jude 4; 1 Peter 2:8


Q. 16: How does God execute His decrees?

A: God executes His decrees in the works of creation and providence1, according to His infallible foreknowledge and the free and immutable counsel of His own will.2

1. Revelation 4:11; Isaiah 40:12-31

2. Ephesians 1:11; Psalm 148:8; Daniel 4:35; Acts 4:24-28