providence

For John Calvin, creation and divine providence are inseparably joined: “having found him Creator of all, forthwith to conclude he is also everlasting Governor and Preserver – not only in that he drives the celestial frame as well as its several parts by a universal motion, but also in that he sustains, nourishes, and cares for everything he has made, even to the least sparrow.”[1] Calvin’s view is a strictly logical view of God, who has created, by the power of his own word, and thus, it seems he would be profoundly sovereign. Simply, He governs his own creation.

It all belongs to him.

It’s not a theoretical understanding; it’s actual. This is actually how God relates to the world. It’s not how he could be involved; it’s how he is involved.

This poses a deeper, logical theory: God who is capable of governing everything doesn’t necessarily have to be. Upon this, I hope to elucidate in the days ahead.

(P.S. I’m at Calvin College, studying in the library, and wondering if everyone in here is a Calvinist. This will keep me awake tonight.)


[1] Page 198, McNeill, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume 1.

 

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