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Quick Comparison of the Order of God’s Decrees

Here is a quick comparison of the three major order of God’s decrees.  This comes from the book, Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace by Keith Stanglin and Thomas McCall.  This is an excellent book.

Supralapsarian

God decrees to:

  1. Predestine; that is, elect some individuals (though not yet considered as created or fallen) to eternal life with God and reprobate others;
  2. Create (in some versions, this decree comes before predestination);
  3. Ordain or permit the fall, with ensuing guilt, corruption, and total inability;
  4. Appoint Christ as the foundation of salvation to redeem the elect;
  5. Provide the means of salvation: Holy Spirit to save, regenerate, and preserve the redeemed.

Infralapsarian

  1. Create;
  2. Permit the fall, with ensuing guilt, corruption, and total inability;
  3. Predestine; that is, elect some created and fallen individuals to eternal life with God, and reprobate, or pass by, the rest of the sinners;
  4. Appoint Christ as foundation of salvation to redeem the elect;
  5. Provide the means of salvation: Holy Spirit to save, regenerate, and preserve the redeemed.

Arminian

  1. Create;
  2. Permit the fall;
  3. Appoint Christ as foundation of election to redeem;
  4. Save, in Christ, (the class of) penitent believers, and condemn unbelievers;
  5. Provide means (grace) for repentance and faith;
  6. Save or condemn single, specific individuals foreknown to believe or not believe.

 

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

09/05/2013 at 11:35 AM

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  1. Nice comparison of the three main orders of God’s decrees.

    Bob Hunter

    09/05/2013 at 3:14 PM


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