Now That’s A Strong Way to Say It

13 02 2008

What do you think about the following quote from Charnock? Particularly the second paragraph.

“Nothing is acted in the world without the will of God. His will either commands it, or permits it: Eph i. 11, ‘He works all things after the counsel of His will,’ Ps. cxxxv. 6, ‘Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven and in earth.’

Even the sins of the world his will permits them, his power assists in the act, and his wisdom orders the sinfulness of the act for holy ends.” – Divine Providence, International Outreach, p. 12.

Beyond what you think, does the heart of God resonate with it?




3 responses

14 02 2008

Hey could you better explain that last part of the quote. Is he saying that God’s power assists in our sinning or that His power and wisdom move through the Spirit changing our heart to desire holiness??

14 02 2008
Keaton Smith

I am immediately reminded of God’s sovereignty in the crucifixion of Christ as expressed through prayer by Peter and John in Acts 4:23-31. It is a very encouraging thought that evil is not outside God’s control but used for his greater purposes.

15 02 2008

Greetings. Three things are being said here that I can see…

1. God permits/allows sin in the world.
This will not always be, but, for now He is slow about His judgment so that we might repent.

2. God’s power assists in the act (of sinning).
This seems odd to us. And rightly so. We have taken strength received from God and distorted it. So, rather than using it for Holiness and obedience we abuse His grace and mercy and ‘power’ and go on sinning. We can accurately say it is His power, because all things belong to Him. By attributing the power to Him, we in no way whatsoever must also attribute the sin to Him. It is ours, all ours…unless of course, it has been laid on His Son for our sake.

3. God’s wisdom is getting glory for Himself in all things.
Sin was not part of God’s original plan, death either. But, the great wisdom of God has given Christ to redeem what has been lost due to sin. Namely, death which has been swallowed up in victory.

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