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Question 8-Puritan Catechism

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Spurgeon 6Q. How does God execute his decrees?

A. God executes his decrees in the works of creation, (Revelation 4:11) and providence. (Daniel 4:35)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon-A Puritan Catechism

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No Such Thing as Chance or Luck

To advance a little in the thought of this definition: Once settle your mind on the idea of Providence and there is no such thing as chance, there is no such thing as luck, there is no such thing as fate. That this Providence “is not simply foreseeing but forseeing,” not simply looking ahead beforehand, but looking ahead for, or in order to, the accomplishment of its purposes and desires, “forseeing as well as foreseeing.” An agent is a doer, or actor, not an influence; it is the personal supervision of an individual.

B. H. Carroll—The Providence of God

 

Good Work is not Done Necessarily by Wise Plans

No good work is undertaken or done with wise reflection. It must all happen in a half-sleep. This is how I was forced to take up the office of teaching. If I had known what I know now, ten horses wouldn’t have driven me to it. Moses and Jeremiah also complained that they were deceived. Nor would any man take a wife if he first gave real thought [to what might happen in marriage and the household]. Here Philip said that he had diligently observed that in history great deeds had never been done by old men. “This was so,” said Luther, “when Alexander and Augustus were young; afterward men become too wise. They didn’t do great things by deliberate choice but by a sort of impulse. If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn’t do anything to you, but since you aren’t wise, you need us who are old. Our Lord God doesn’t do great things except by violence, as they say.” —

Luther’s Tabletalk No. 406