God’s Will Complancential,
Providential and

3. Aquinas and others distinguished God’s Will unto Complacential , Providential, and Beneplaciti. (1) God’s Complacential Will, is his simple complacence in all good Actions, Habits, and Events, of men; yea it extends not only to moral, but to natural goods, as Gen. 1:31. There is a perpetual necessary volition in God, which takes pleasure in all good, whether create or increate. Such is the infinite Bonitie and Purity of the Divine Nature, as that it cannot but take infinite complacence in all good. This they call God’s Love of simple complacence, of which see Ruiz, de Volunt. Dei Disp. 6. §. 2. p. 38. and Disp. 19: p. 214. (2) God’s Providential Will is that, whereby he is said to will and intend an end, when he in his providence, either gracious or common, affords such means which have an aptitude to produce it. As where God sends his Gospel, he may be said to really intend the salvation of those to whom it is sent, albeit they are not all saved; because he vouchsafes them those means which have a real aptitude to produce the same, were they but really embraced and improved. In this regard Davenant and others affirm, that Christ’s death is, pan-machon, an universal remedy applicable to all, and that God, by his Voluntas Providentia (as Aquinas styles it) intended it as such. This intention or will of God is measured by the nature of the means, and therefore reducible to God’s Legislative Will, which gives constitution and measure to all the means of man’s salvation. (3) There is God’s Beneplaciti or Decretive Will, which is only strictly and properly styled the will of God, as before: so Ruiz de Volunt. Dei, Disp. 18. §. 4. p. 185.

Theophilus Gale, The Court of the Gentiles, (Printed by A. Maxwell and R. Roberts, for T. Cockeril at the Sign of the Atlas in Cornhil, near the Royal Exchange, 1677), part 1, Book 2, p., 357. [Some spelling modernized; marginal side header cited inline; italics original; and underlining mine.]

Credit to Tony for the find.

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 1st, 2010 at 7:12 am and is filed under Conditional Decree/Conditional Will. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

Comments are closed at this time.