Attributes of God Session 9 - Sovereignty of God 2

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ATTRIBUTES OF GOD – SESSION 9:

ATTRIBUTES OF GOD – SESSION 9 Logos Educators Network

Attributes of God:

Attributes of God Definitions of Divine Providence Divine providence is that work of God by which he preserves all his creation, is active in all that transpires in the world, and directs all things to their appropriate end. Providence is God’s activity in time through which his decrees are carried out. Providence teaches that God is continually involved with all created things.

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Attributes of God Creation is the stage on which are enacted God’s dealings with man. God’s providence bears witness to God among the heathen. The doctrine of providence provides a defense against three major errors. Deism : That God is detached from the present workings of the universe since he had created it and left it to operate like a machine.

Attributes of God:

Attributes of God Fatalism: That man is de-personalized and at the mercy of non-personal forces which make no allowance for personal response. Chance: That there is no directional and purposeful character of history, that no one is at the controls.

Attributes of God:

Attributes of God Divine providence includes both uniformities and novelties . Uniformity : The ordinary acts of divine providence. Novelty : An extraordinary act of divine providence.

Attributes of God:

Attributes of God The Elements of Divine Providence Preservation Preservation is that continuous work of God by which He upholds all things. The universe continues to exist by virtue of a continued exercise of divine power by which all things are maintained in being and action. Preservation teaches that the creature is always dependent on God.

Attributes of God:

Attributes of God Concurrence Concurrence is that work of God by which he cooperates with all created things in every action, causing them to act as they do . There are real causes in the world (i.e., the forces of nature and the will of man), but these causes do not work independently of God. God stimulates his creatures to action, accompanies their actions at every moment, and makes this action effective .

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Attributes of God Government Government is the continued activity of God whereby he rules all things, so they answer to the purpose of their existence. The whole Bible affirms that God is the King of the Universe and rules all things according to his divine good pleasure.

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Attributes of God Three Objections to the Doctrine of Divine Decrees and Providence They are inconsistent with the free will of humankind. The Bible clearly teaches both the eternal decrees of God and the free will of humankind and holds them as paradoxical truths. Human freedom exists by the decree of God.

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Attributes of God The Scriptures do not teach that man is “ free ” in the sense of being outside of God’s control. The ability of man to make willing choices is a created reflection of God’s will and his ability to make choices. Man makes willing choices which have real effects, but “ freedom ” apart from God’s control is not possible in a world providentially sustained and directed by God himself

Attributes of God:

Attributes of God They take away all motive for human effort The doctrine of decrees and providence does not encourage man to sit back in idleness . The decrees of God are not fate . They are the purposes of a personal, intelligent God . This object ignores the logical relationship between the decrees of the end and the decrees of the means to that end. The God who decrees is the God who commands man to act

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Attributes of God They make God the author of sin . God’s decrees only make God the creator of free moral beings who are themselves the authors of sin. The decree with reference to sin is not an efficient decree but a permissive decree . By creating free moral creatures, God made sin possibl e. By the rebellious exercise of this freedom, man made sin actual .

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