Providence: Summary

Ursinus-6The Scriptures furnish almost an infinite number of testimonies of a similar character, which prove that the providence of God embraces all things and every single event. These, however are sufficient for our present purpose; for it is clearly evident from what has now been said, that all things, the evil as well as the good, the small as well as the great, are directed and governed by the providence of God; yet in such a way that those things which are good are done not only according to, but also by divine providence, as the cause, that is by God willing, commanding, and effecting them; while those that are evil, as far as they are evil, are not done by but according to divine providence, that is, not by God willing, commanding, effecting or furthering them; but by permitting them, and directing them to their appointed ends.

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

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