Chapter 3

Of God's Decree

1-2 I. The general decree of all events
1 A. Its universality
1. Plainly stated
2. Carefully guarded
From impugning the holiness of God
From implying the error of fatalism
3. Practically viewed
2 B. Its unconditionality
3-7 II. The specific decree of predestination to life
3-4 A. Its major attributes
3 1. Its distinguishing selectivity
4 2. Its unchanging specificity
5-6 B. Its positive outworking: the election of those predestinated
5 1. The gracious basis of election
6 2. The effectual execution of election - its means
Their divine appointment
Their exact identity
Their exclusive objects
7 C. Its prudent handling

From: Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Evangelical Press, 1989), p61-62. Used by permission.