Providence: From Creation to Consummation

From nothing God created everything (ex-nihilo). His perfect judgment of His perfect work of creation was, “very good (Gen 1:31).” In the six days of creation, God spoke into existence both visible and invisible, animate and inanimate. Everything God made was created for His purpose and by His will. With His works being finished, He rested on the seventh day (Gen 2:2).

God made man (Adam). We did not make ourselves. In His image, male and female, God created humanity, and from our first parents are derived all people. God made Adam, the man, first. From Adam, God created Eve, the woman. The honor man had in the garden paradise of Eden was temporary. The relationship would serve as a type of Christ and His church. As Eve disobeyed, Israel disobeyed, and the church disobeys, but there is hope in the second Adam, Jesus Christ, that someday, we will be holy and blameless before God (Eph 1:4; 5:27; Col 1:22).

The image of God in man was greatly damaged in the aftermath of sin and the fall of creation (Gen 3). Righteousness (right standing before God) was lost. Holiness no longer entertained humanity. Separation from God is what marked the fall of creation. Work was now a toil instead of a pleasure. Life was cut off in death. The government man was granted by God (dominion) was usurped by the adversary (Acts 26:18; Col 1:13), the devil who postured as god of this world (2 Cor 4:4) and ruler of this world (Jn 12:31; 16:11).

With man as a slave of sin (Rom 6:6), the whole of creation groans, waiting for the redemption of the sons of God (Rom 8:21–23). In creation, God made the heavens and the earth and all that are in them. He upholds all things by the Word of His power (Heb 1:3). This includes both the preservation and administration of all things. With the properties and powers endowed by the Creator, all things exist in a continuous state of being sustained. Nothing exists apart from God. Stated another way, all things are dependent on God for their existence and continued existence.

God promises to do all His holy will (Eph 1:11), including the salvation of His chosen people whom He predestined to adoption as sons (Eph 1:4–5). God has made an eternal covenant of grace (Heb 13:20), in which He promised to direct His providence to accomplish an eternal redemption (Heb 9:12). Being faithful and true, the covenant of redemption was accomplished by the death of the incarnate Son of God on the cross of Calvary (Mt 26:28; Jn 1:14; 1 Tim 2:5). The regeneration of the elect redeemed manifested the children of God who were caused to be born again by the Holy Spirit (1 Pet 1:3).

Creation waits for the full number of the saints to be added to Christ’s church and then comes the final judgment on the last day (Mt 24–25; Mk 13; Lk 21), when the second Adam appears in all His glory with the angels and saints (1 Thess 4:13–5:11; Rev 19:11–21). This administrative act by the King of kings and Judge of all the earth will bring all things into subjection to the Lord Jesus Christ (Gen 18:25; 1 Cor 15:27; Eph 1:22; 1 Tim 6:15; Heb 2:8).

Nothing in history has deviated from the sovereign will of God. In His providence, God has moved people and events toward His end goal objective (Rom 11:36), in every place and in every moment of time. The doctrine of God’s providence, therefore, teaches us that all things are as they were intended to be by the sovereign Lord over all (Acts 10:26). Even evil has its place, as the necessary invitation for God’s judgment and wrath to be displayed (Rom 1:18–32).

Man’s response to this doctrine proves the doctrine, regardless of whether his response is trust and confidence or rage and rebellion. The reason is that God has made both, the wicked and the righteous, knowing their days before there was yet one of them (Prv 16:4). Knowing that every person would inherit sin (Ps 51:5; Rom 5:12–21) and with a sin nature (Eph 2:3), those who survived the womb would practice sin (Rom 3:23), God sent His only begotten Son (Jn 3:16), as a substitute for those He intended to save from His righteous wrath in the eternal punishment of fiery hell (Mt 25:41, 46; Jude 7; Rev 20:14–15).

In summary, we see that in Him, we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). For from Him are all things and everything operates through His wisdom and power (Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 1:24). One thing happens, and it has an effect upon another thing, leading to an endless chain of causes and effects. People observe laws of nature and circumstances, but they do not see the hand of the Lord as the prime mover of all that happens. Here is an advantage to the Christian, who is having the knowledge of God restored by his view of Christ.

In conclusion, we worship the one true God who created everything. We acknowledge that He controls the placement and events of the physical universe. He is also intimately involved in the affairs of all mankind, to the numbering of the hairs on every head (Mt 10:30).

All things are His, being the Creator and sustainer of all that He has made (Ps 24:1; 53:1). For the purpose of bringing all glory, honor, and praise to Him, God is moving history to its climactic end (Rev 6–19). Nothing will be spared destruction on the fiery final day of His judgment (2 Pet 3:10–12), except those He mercifully appointed and prepared for eternal life (Acts 13:48; Rom 9:23), to be enjoyed in union with Jesus Christ (Jn 17), who dwells forever in perfect union, with the Father and the Spirit.

Glory to God for His magnificent providence. For in this we see the work of God from Creation to consummation, in advance of being eyewitnesses to His work in creating the new heavens and the new earth, in which righteousness dwells in unalterable holiness, forevermore.

David Norczyk

Spokane Valley, Washington

June 23, 2021

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