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Chapter 5

Of Divine Providence

1 I. The summary statement of the doctrine
  A. The Author of providence: “the good Creator”
  B. The foundation of providence: “his infinite power and wisdom”
  C. The essence of providence: “uphold, direct, dispose and govern”
  D. The objects of providence: “all creatures and things, from the greatest even to the least”
  E. The nature of providence: “by his most wise and holy providence”
  F. The compatibility of providence (with His creation): “to the end for which they were created”
  G. The determining causes of God’s providence:

1. God’s mind: “his infallible foreknowledge”


2. God’s will: “and the free and immutable counsel of his own will”

  H. The goal of providence: “to the praise of the glory....”
2-7 II. The major concerns about the doctrine
2-3 A. The relation of providence to the use of means

1. A concession


2. An assertion


3. A qualification

4-6 B. The relation of providence to the fact of sin

1. Sin is general


2. Sin in his children


3. Sin in the ungodly

7 C. The relation of providence to the care of the church

From: Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Evangelical Press, 1989), p. 88-89. Used by permission.

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