Does the Triune God Work All Things According to His Will? (Epistemology, Part 7)

Does the Triune God work all things according to His Will? The fourth tenet of a biblical epistemology is that the Triune God works all things according to His Will as the Omniscient, Absolute Sovereign (See previous posts on Biblical Epistemology at God’s Word is painstakingly clear on this point. Ephesians 1:11 teaches that God “worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” The Psalmist proclaims, “Our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased” (Ps. 115:3). Moreover, Yahweh declares through the prophet Isaiah: “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Isa. 45:7). Even still, Proverbs 16:4 states, “The LORD hath made all things for Himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.” The Scriptures teach that God is the Absolute Sovereign over kings and rulers (Prov. 21:1; Dan. 4:32), human government (Rom. 13:1), all inhabitants of the earth (Dan. 4:35), angels (Heb. 1:4-6; Job 4:18; Ps. 91:11; Rev. 12:7-9; Heb. 2:14), the evil purposes of fallen man (Acts 4:27; Gen. 50:19-20; Rom. 8:28), the forces of nature (Num. 16:30-32; Exod. 14:21; Mark. 4:39), all animal life (2 Kings 17:25; Exod. 8:6,17), all aspects of everyday life (James 4:13; Matt. 6:25-32), even death (Acts 2:22-24; Rev. 1:18; 2 Tim. 1:10). What’s more, the Sovereign God answers to no one. No one can rightfully scrutinize His workings or stand in judgment of them (Rom. 9:20-23; Dan. 4:35). “But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him” (Hab. 2:20).

God is omniscient – that is to say, all-knowing. 1 Samuel 2:3 refers to Yahweh as “a God of knowledge.” The Psalmist declares that God’s “understanding is infinite” (Ps. 147:5), while Elihu affirms that God is “perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:16). God alone possesses perfect knowledge. He knows all things that have happened, that are happening, that will happen, that may happen (Matt. 11:21-23), and that could have happened (1 Sam. 23:10-13). Additionally, the Apostle John instructs us that God “knoweth all things” (1 John 3:20; cf. Matt. 6:8; Heb. 4:13). God’s knowledge is predicated upon His divine decree and ordination of all things. In other words, His knowledge depends on nothing outside of Himself, as Isaiah 46:9-10 states: “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.’” Simply put, the Triune God knows all things because He orders/ordains all things. He is the Omniscient, Absolute Sovereign.

Previous Tenets:

Tenet 1: The Triune God must be Self-Explanatory.

Tenet 2: The Bible is the Infallible, Inerrant, Sufficient and Authoritative Word of God.

Tenet 3: The Triune God created all things.

Tenet 4: The Triune God works all things according to His Will as the Omniscient, Absolute Sovereign.

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