Arguments In Proof of the Providence of God

Arguments in proof of the Providence of God, drawn from His works.

Ursinus-61. Order cannot proceed from a brutish or irrational cause: for where there is order, there must also be some one that orders and directs. In the nature of things there is order; there is a most judicious arrangement of every part of nature, and a succession of changes and seasons, contributing to the preservation and continuation of the whole. Therefore, this order exists, and is preserved by some intelligent mind; and seeing that it is most wisely constituted, there is a necessity that he who has thus arranged all things, and who governs them by his providence, must be most wise.

Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars;
He gives names to all of them.  Psalm 147: 1-4

2. Man, who is as it were a little world, is ruled by a mind and understanding; much more, therefore, is the world governed by divine providence.

Pay heed, you senseless among the people;
And when will you understand, stupid ones?
He who planted the ear, does He not hear?
He who formed the eye, does He not see?  Psalm 94:8, 9

3. The natural law, the knowledge of general principles natural to men, the difference between things honest and base,. engraved upon our hearts, teach that there is a providence: for he who has engraved upon the heart of man a rule or law, for the regulation of the life, has a regard to the actions of men. God now has engraved such a rule upon the heart of man, and desires us to live in conformity thereto. Therefore,  He must also govern the lives, actions and events of His creatures.

14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.  Romans 2:14-16

4. The reproofs of conscience, which follow the commission of sin on the part of the wicked, prove that there must be a God who knows the secrets of men, punishes their sins, avenges Himself upon their wickedness, and who causes such inward fears and forebodings to arise in the mind. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.”  Romans 1:18, 19

Zacharias Ursinus, Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, pp. 148, 149

His next article is: Arguments In Proof of The Providence of God, Drawn from His Works: Part 2

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