The Providence of God

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The Providence of God : 

The Providence of God J.I. Packer Systematic Theology A

The Meaning of Providence : 

The Meaning of Providence Total Control… Analogical Adjustment… He is to be praised…

The Formula : 

The Formula A continued exercise of divine energy whereby God, according to His own will… Keeps all creatures in being (upholding) Is concurrently active in all events (involvement) Directs all things to their appointed end (purposive)

The Model : 

The Model The model here is of purposive management with total control: God reigns He overrules in a way that is morally glorious and praiseworthy.

The Mystery : 

The Mystery God is “overruling” everything Does not abolish self-determining quality of human life or animal life God upholds us in being and has sovereign control over us, while at the same time He sustains us in our self-determining power.

The Mystery : 

The Mystery God is to be praised for making us the kind of creatures whose dignity includes the fact that we make up our own mind, that our decisions and commitments are ours, nobody else’s, of course that carries with it responsibility; we have to answer for the things we decide to do… if we were robots, we wouldn’t have to do that, but then we’re not robots. God has made us creatures of this kind, who freely commit themselves to Him and to each other in love.

The Mystery : 

The Mystery The mystery lies in the fact that God overrules people (you and me) who are made that way and behave that way. And the mystery attaches to all that happens around us. We know the fact… we can’t imagine how it can be.

Complementary statements : 

Complementary statements “God does it” AND “man (or Satan, or some other creature) brings it about” “It was God’s will (will of event)” ALTHOUGH “It was contrary to His will of precept” “This is sinful conduct on man’s part” YET “God orders and overrules it for the good of His people”

Biblical Examples : 

Biblical Examples And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Ge 45:5-8

Biblical Examples : 

Biblical Examples You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Gen 50:20 This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. Acts 2:23

Biblical Examples : 

Biblical Examples Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. Acts 4:27-28

Complementary statements : 

Complementary statements “God determines all that is” BUT “God is not the author of sin” We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Acts 14:15-16

Romans 1 : 

Romans 1 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity God gave them over to shameful lusts He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done Portions of Romans 1:24, 26, 28

Both…And : 

Both…And Not an Either… Or

God’s Providence : 

God’s Providence What is being recognized throughout this grammar is the mystery of created freedom: Though God is Lord, his rational creatures are free, self-determining moral agents, capable of saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on moral matters, and so are morally responsible to their Maker. The mystery remains: no conceptual analysis shows how this can be; Christians accept from Scripture that it is so, walking by faith, not sight, at this point.

God’s Providence : 

God’s Providence Mystery? Yes Truth? Yes Certainty? Yes

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