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Purpose of God
Morrish Bible Dictionary
That God has His own purpose before Him, should ever be remembered. Behind all His outward acts towards His ancient people Israel, His dealings with the nations of the earth, and His discipline of the saints who form the church, there is His purpose concerning all, and to this purpose everything is made to bend, and towards its accomplishment everything in some way or other (however hidden from the sight of man) is working. "The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand . . . . This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it?" Isaiah 14:24-27 . It is not a purpose formed because events have turned out as they have in the world's history; but the events that have happened serve to bring about God's purpose, and His purpose is an eternal purpose. This is more fully revealed, though not more certain, when the church is spoken of. He "worketh all things after the counsel of his own will." "According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Ephesians 1:11; Ephesians 3:11 .
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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Purpose of God'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​mbd/​p/purpose-of-god.html. 1897.