Monday, February 23, 2009

The Height of God's Providence

Calvin's Institutes
Book 1 - Knowledge of God the Creator
Chapter 16 - God by His power nourishes and maintains the world created by Him, and rules its several parts by His providence
Section 8 - Providence is no Stoic belief in fate!
Talk of fate suppresses the truth that God wills all things.

Section 9 - The true causes of events are hidden to us
Future events appear uncertain to us, but aren't to God (Job 14:5).
We may speak of our uncertainty as "fate."
Ecc 2:14-15; 3:19; 9:2-3, 11; 1 Sam 6:9.
But remember everything is from the hand of God.
John 19:33, 36.

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