Of Necessary Events

images-135.  Of necessary events, the necessity of which depends, either upon the counsel of God, revealed through His Word, we may adduce the following testimony: “For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.” “Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead on the third day.” It must needs be that offences will come.” ‘If it were possible they would deceive the very elect.” “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” (John 19:36; Luke 24:36; Matthew 24:24; John 10:28)

Or if the necessity of these events depend on a natural necessity, we may in this case, adduce the following testimonies: “He causes the bud to spring forth. He brings the dew, the frost and the ice. He brings forth Mazzaroth in his season; guides Arcturus and the motions of heaven.”

“God thunders with His voice wondrously,
Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
And to the [c]downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’
“He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.
“Then the beast goes into its lair
And remains in its den.
“Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.  Job 37:5-9

13 He waters the mountains from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of His works.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of man,
So that he may bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine which makes man’s heart glad,
So that he may make his face glisten with oil,
And]food which sustains man’s heart.  Psalm 104:13-15

 Zacharias Ursinus, Commentary On The Heidelberg Catechism, p. 156

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