Chapter IV – Of Creation, Chapter V – Of Providence.

It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,(1) for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness,(2) in the beginning, to create, or make of nothing, the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.(3)

(1)                Heb 1:2; Jn 1:2,3; Ge 1:2; Job 26:13; Job 33:4

(2)                Ro 1:20; Jer 10:12; Ps 104:24; Ps 33:5,6

(3)                Heb 11:3; Col 1:16; Ac 17:24

 

  1. After God had made all other creatures, He created man, male and female,(1) with reasonable and immortal souls,(2) endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after His own image,(3) having the law of God written in their hearts,(4) and power to fulfill it;(5) and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change.(6) Beside this law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil;(7) which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.(8)

(1)                Ge 1:27

(2)                Ge 2:7; Ecc 12:7; Lk 23:43; Mt 10:28

(3)                Ge 1:26; Col 3:10; Eph 4:24

(4)                Ro 2:14,15

(5)                Ecc 7:29

(6)                Ge 3:6; Ecc 7:29

(7)                Ge 2:17; Ge 3:8,9,10,11,23

(8)                Ge 1:26,28

 

God the great Creator of all things doth uphold,(1) direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions, and things,(2) from the greatest even to the least,(3) by His most wise and holy providence,(4) according to His infallible foreknowledge,(5) and the free and immutable counsel of His own will,(6) to the praise of the glory of His wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.(7)

(1)                Heb 1:3

(2)                Da 4:34,35; Ps 135:6; Ac 17:25,26,28; Job 38,39,40,41

(3)                Mt 10:29,30,31

(4)                Pr 15:3; Ps 104:24; Ps 145:17

(5)                Ac 15:8; Ps 94:8,9,10,11

(6)                Eph 1:11; Ps 33:10,11

(7)                Isa 63:14; Eph 3:10; Ro 9:17; Ge 45:7, Ps 145:7

 

  1. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably, and infallibly;(1) yet, by the same providence, He ordereth them to fall out according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently.(2)

(1)                Ac 2:23

(2)                Ge 8:22; Jer 31:35; Ex 21:13; Dt 19:5; 1Ki 22:28,34; Isa 10:6,7

 

iii.                 God, in His ordinary providence, maketh use of means,(1) yet is free to work without,(2) above,(3) and against them,(4) at His pleasure.

(1)                Ac 27:31,44; Isa 55:10,11; Hos 2:21,22

(2)                Hos 1:7; Mt 4:4; Job 34:10

(3)                Ro 4:19,20,21

(4)                2Ki 6:6; Da 3:27

  1. The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God so far manifest themselves in His providence, that it extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other sins of angels and men,(1) and that not by a bare permission,(2) but such as hath joined with it a most wise and powerful bounding,(3) and otherwise ordering and governing of them, in a manifold dispensation, to His own holy ends;(4) yet so, as the sinfulness thereof proceedeth only from the creature, and not from God; who, being most holy and righteous, neither is nor can be the author or approver of sin.(5)

(1)                Ro 11:32,33,34; 2Sa 24:1; 1Ch 21:1; 1Ki 22:22,23; 1Ch 10:4,13,14; 2Sa 16:10; Ac 2:23; Ac 4:27,28

(2)                Ac 14:16

(3)                Ps 76:10; 2Ki 19:28

(4)                Ge 1:20; Isa 10:6,7,12

(5)                Jas 1:13,14,17; 1Jn 2:16; Ps 1:21

 

  1. The most wise, righteous, and gracious God doth oftentimes leave, for a season, His own children to manifold temptations, and the corruption of their own hearts, to chastise them for their former sins, or to discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts, that they may be humbled;(1) and, to raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other just and holy ends.(2)

(1)                2Ch 32:25,26,31; 2Sa 24:1

(2)                2Co 12:7,8,9; Ps 73; Ps 77:1,10,12; Mk 14:66-72; Jn 21:15,16,17

 

  1. As for those wicked and ungodly men whom God, as a righteous judge, for former sins, doth blind and harden,(1) from them He not only withholdeth His grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their understandings, and wrought upon in their hearts;(2) but sometimes also withdraweth the gifts which they had,(3) and exposeth them to such objects as their corruption makes occasions of sin;(4) and, withal, gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan,(5) whereby it comes to pass that they harden themselves, even under those means which God useth for the softening of others.(6)

(1)                Ro 1:24,26,28; Ro 11:7,8

(2)                Dt 29:4

(3)                Mt 13:12; Mt 25:29

(4)                Dt 2:30; 2Ki 8:12,13

(5)                Ps 81:11,12; 2Th 2:10,11

(6)                Ex 7:3; Ex 8:15,32; 2Co 2:15,16; Isa 8:14; 1Pe 2:7,8; Isa 6:9,10; Ac 28:26,27

 

viii.         As the providence of God doth, in general, reach to all creatures; so after a most special manner, it taketh care of His Church, and disposeth all things to the good thereof.(1)

                (1)          1Ti 4:10; Am 9:8,9; Ro 8:28; Isa 43:3,4,5,14

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2 Responses to Chapter IV – Of Creation, Chapter V – Of Providence.

  1. Anonymous says:

    One of the most potent objections of the Incarnation of Christ into the humanity is the Trinitarian misunderstanding of what constitutes a human is.
    Adam and Eve were 100 % humans, yet they both didn’t experience the birth or the conception whatsoever, hence if the idea of Incarnation is indeed a must for Christ on purpose to be what we call “human”, actually he didn’t need to be conceived by the Virgin or any mother. Any Christ’s earthy body (either from the dust as on Adam’s, or rib as on Eve’s, or stones as Mt 3:9) known as “Christophany” is already an incarnation into human nature.
    The physical wrestle between a pre-Jesus man and Jacob is the most simplest evidence that Jesus had previously incarnated to be a “human”.

  2. Anonymous says:

    One of the most enigmatic words of Jesus is his statement that he is not sent to be served by many. In fact, actually he does demand a full loyalty and a commitment to death (with the parable of going to the battle) that is served by his disciples for his sake.
    Lk 14
    27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold [it] begin to mock him,30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?

    Jesus demands the people to serve him:
    Mt 10:39
    He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

    Jesus wants the people to serve him:
    Mt 24:9
    Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

    Jesus requires the people to serve his cause.
    Rev 2:10
    Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

    Jesus encourages the people to serve his cause.
    Mt 10:28
    And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

    Jesus expected the people to be called “evil” for his sake.
    Lk 6:22
    Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

    Jesus forces Paul to believe that in his sufferings he serves him.
    Acts 9:16
    For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
    2Cor 12:10
    Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

    Mk 10
    29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

    Since Jesus is not God, he is allowed to tempt his devotees to death.
    Mk 16:18
    They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

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