Looking At Divine Providence:1

image.pngNotes from November 15 2015

The external work of God is “Providence”; by which all the creatures God has made are preserved, governed, guided, and directed.

The term Providence implies

  1. that God upholds all things by his power;

  2. governs the world by his wisdom;

  3. looks down upon the earth,

  4. takes notice and care of all his creatures in it, and

  5. makes provision for them, and

  6. guides and directs them to answer the ends for which they were made

Providence is has with in the process some ways

  1. the act in the divine mind in eternity; and are no other than the eternal purposes and decrees of God,
  2. who foresaw and foreknew all persons and things that would be;
  3. he determining within himself that they should be; for “known unto him were all his works from the beginning”, or from eternity; even all that would be done in time, from the beginning to the end of the world;
  4. he knew they would be, because he decreed they should be; this may be called eternal providence, virtual providence, providence in purpose; but providence in time, and may be called actual providence,
  5. is the execution of whatsoever God has foreknown and determined; “Who worketh all things after the counsel of his will” (Eph. 1:11),
  6. the eternal will of God is the rule of his conduct in providence,
  7. according to which he proceeds in it;
  8. and his wisdom, which fixed his will,
  9. and therefore said to be the counsel of his will, presides, guides, and directs in the execution of it; which execution of it is called his working;
  10. wherefore providence is to be reckoned as his work. The wise man says, “There is a time to every purpose under the heaven”; whatever is done under the heavens in time, there was a purpose for it in eternity; and for the execution of that purpose a time was fixed; and at that time it is brought about by the providence of God; who “makes everything beautiful in his time”; in the time and season in which he appointed it to be done (Eccl. 3:1,11).
  11. Purpose and providence exactly tally and answer to each other; the one is the fulfillment of the other; “Surely, as I have thought”, saith the Lord, “so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand” (Isa. 14:24).
  12. The providence of God is not only expressed in scripture, by his sustaining, upholding, and preserving all things; and by his government of the world, and the execution of his purposes;
  13. but by his looking down upon the earth, and the inhabitants of it;
  14. taking a prospect of them, and
  15. notice of their ways, and works, and actions, and
  16. dealing with them according to them; “The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men”, &c. (Ps. 14:2; 33:13,14).

 

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