God’s Permissive Will
God’s Permissive WillGod’s will is the cause of all things which come to pass. The Scriptures divide this attribute of God into various categories. There is God’s decretive will, which refers to His immutable decrees. This is spoken of in Deuteronomy 29:29, where it says:
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
There is also God’s preceptive will. It refers to His rule of authority or conduct, which may be disobeyed. God has given us certain precepts, but we have the power to disobey them. This is mentioned in Deuteronomy 29:29.
Another aspect is God’s desiderative will, which refers to what He desires, but does not bring to pass. For example, He may desire that all will be saved, but He does not bring it to pass. His desiderative will is mentioned in I Timothy 2:3-4 and II Peter 3:9.
Another aspect is God’s permissive will. It includes what He allows. For instance, He allowed sin to enter the universe. Applying the attribute of God’s will to our lives, we can see that it was God’s will that saved us (Eph. 1:11). Furthermore, according to Ephesians 1:9, we can know God’s will.
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