The Providence of God

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January 19, 2020

The Providence of God

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Passage: Genesis 45, Genesis 50
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Definitions

  • The providence of God does not make room for a deistic society
    1. Deism - God created the world and left it up to His creation to survive
    2. Pantheism - Everything is part of God, and God is a part of everything

Providence Defined

  • In theology, the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures. He that acknowledges a creation and denies a providence involves himself in a palpable contradiction; for the same power which caused a thing to exist is necessary to continue its existence.
  • God directs his creation to fulfill His will

Ideas in scripture

  • God controls the whole earth - Acts 17:22
  • God's providence extends to the whole world - Psalm 135:5
  • All things are under God's control - Psalm 131:1, Daniel 2:20-21
  • God does what He wants - Daniel 4:25
  • God controls the individual - 1 Samuel 2:6, Psalm 18
  • God extends his will to the wrong actions of men - Acts 2
  • Christ is involved right now in the world - Hebrews 1:1-3
  • Christ upholds things in the present - Colossians 1:16-17

Cautions

  • Do not take the providence of God and allow yourself to be lazy
  • Do not take the providence of God to allow for non-committal Christianity
  • Do not take the providence of God to put a stamp of approval on your sin

Concluding Thoughts

  • God sees the bigger picture
  • God is always in control

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