The Benefit Of Providence

Question:  Now give a summary of the fruit and benefit of this doctrine of God’s providence.


Since God works out everything, it follows that whoever believes from the heart that God (who does all) is reconciled with him forever and is his Father must also firmly hold that whatever happens to him — in general or in particular, whether for him or, to all appearances, against him — are good deeds, indeed good deeds of God (Philippians 1:28, 29)

27 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 28 in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. 29 For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, 30 experiencing the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear to be in me. Philippians 1:27-30

Therefore, whoever is offended, extremely angered, or terribly distressed by that only shows the weakness of his faith in God, whose good deeds he does not recognize.

Caspar Olevianus, A Firm Foundation, p. 30

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