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DEVOTED TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE REFORMATION, AS SET FORTH IN THE FORMULARIES OF THE WESTMINSTER DIVINES, AND OF THE CHURCHES IN HOLLAND.
ANDOVER - HARVARD THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY CAMBRIDGE, MASS.
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II. TIM. I. 13. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, even our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. JER. VI. 16.
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Providence is the chariot of state in which God rides in the government of the universe. It comprises two grand branches, the sustentation and government of all creatures, and of all their actions. "He upholdeth all things by the word of his power, and by him all things consist." If he suspended his support, they would cease to operate and exist. He also infallibly directs all, so that they, intentionally or unintentionally, accomplish his pleasure. He hath prepared his throne in heaven, and his kingdom ruleth over all." Both of these acts are conversant about the creatures according to their respective natures. He supports and governs inanimate and irrational creatures, by continuing their being and faculties, and presenting suitable objects to act on the one, and to elicit the instincts of the other. Rational creatures he governs by motives, prescribing to them laws enforced by rewards and penalties. Both of these branches of providence are managed by him, immediately or mediately. We have an instance of both, Hos. ii. 21, 22. "I will hear the heavens, and the heavens shall hear the earth, and the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil, and they shall hear Jezreel.” If God did not hear the heavens by imparting virtue to them, they could not hear the earth, the earth could not hear the corn, the wine, and the oil, and these could not hear Jezreel. The first link of the mighty concatenation of events is connected with the throne of God; if severed from it, the whole would fall. His hand is the great and potent prime mover, which sets, and keeps in motion all the wheels of the universe. Remove it, and all motion and activity would instantly be suspended.