Heidelcast 150: I AM That I AM (16): The Divine Decree

Congratulations to the Rev Mr Keith Giles of Belfast, NI, Rev. Mr. Richie Cronin of Cork, ROI, Miriam from Lancaster, PA, and Randy Bachman from Houston, TX. Their calls were featured episode 149 and for appearing on the Heidelcast they are each receiving a free copy of Baptism, Election, and the Covenant of Grace in the mail from the Heidelcast. Leave your question at (760) 618-1563 or send us a voice memo from your phone for our May call-in show. This is the 16th and last episode of the series on the doctrine of God, I AM that I AM and today we come to the biblical, Christian, and confessional Reformed doctrine of the divine decree. Earlier today, the Rev Dr Liam Golligher, Senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, PCA, in Phila, PA wrote:

The Christian God is “I AM” = “He Who Is.” while it’s true that to be a Creator is an eminently Christian God, it is also true that a God whose essence is to be a creator is not a Christian God at all. The essence of the true Christian God is not to create but to *be.* “I AM” can choose to create or not create without any subtraction from or addition to Who He Is, but He does not exist because He creates; He is able to create because of Who He supremely IS.

That is exactly right and this has been the organizing theme of the entire series, from beginning to end. The God of the Bible is not becoming. The God of the Bible is not complex. The God of the Bible does not change—not even when he enters into covenant with us. The God the Bible is and he is is sovereign.

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