Apr 27, 2011

Creation and Providence - William Styles

Creation and Providence

The Creation. We believe that the Three-one God in the person of Christ, and for His sake, made and upholds all things (Isa. 54:5; Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 1:2,3 and 11:3).

“I sing th’Almgihty power of God,
That made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad
And built the lofty skies.
“I sing the wisdom that ordained
The sun to rule the day,
The moon shines forth at His command,
And all the stars obey.
“I sing the goodness of the Lord,
That filled the earth with food;
He formed the creatures by His Word,
And then pronounced them good.”

The end of all things. We believe that the world, as at present constituted, exists for the sake of Christ and His Church (Rom. 11:36; 2 Cor. 4:15); and that when the covenant purposes of God are accomplished Time will be no more (Rev. 10:6): that the heavens will then pass away with a great noise, and the elements melt with fervent heat: and that the earth and the works that are therein will be burned up (1 Pet. 4:7; 2 Pet. 3:10-12).

“Great God, what do I see and hear!
The end of things created.
The Judge of mankind doth appear
On clouds of glory seated.
The trumpet sounds, the graves restore
The dead which they contained before:
Prepare, my soul to meet Him.”

Providence, general and particular. We hold that all creatures are under the government and control of the glorified Redeemer (Matt. 28:18; John 17:2; 1 Pet. 3:22; Rev. 1:5, and 3:7), who, while He preserves man and beast (Psalm 36:6; 1 Tim. 4:10), and restrains evil within the bounds that His pleasure appoints (Psalm 76:10); causes all things to work together for good to them that love God, and are the called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

“Up to the Lord that reigns on high,
And views the nations from afar,
Let everlasting praises fly,
And tell how large his bounties are.
“God that must stoop to view the skies,
And bow to see what angels do,
Down to our earth He casts His eyes,
And bends His footwsepts downward too.
“He over-rules all mortal things,
And manages our mean affairs;
On humble souls the King of kings,
Bestows His counsels and His cares.
“Oh could our thankful hearts devise
A tribute equal to Thy grace,
To the third heaven our songs should rise,
And teach the golden harps Thy praise.”

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