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"If God is sovereign, then his lordship must extend over all of life, and it cannot be restricted to the walls of the church or within the Christian orbit." Abraham Kuyper Common Grace 1.1.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Kuyper's Common Grace #CG1.1 Chapter 21

21 Original Righteousness

As the chapter heading suggests Kuyper is staying with the discussion on “original righteousness". According to Kuyper being righteous is "being in the right position with God” (191). The term “original” means that it “was not acquired nor later allotted to him, but was a fruit of creation itself” (191).
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Kuyper then looks at “original holiness”.  In what sense is Adam holy? “Adam stood originally in holiness and fell away from that holiness by his yielding to Satan.” (195).

On the relationship of body and soul Kuyper writes:
“Our body belongs with our soul. It is not an envelope in which the soul has been inserted, but an artful instrument that is prepared by God to serve the soul, and that for each soul individually. Soul and body are organically one, and even though they are pulled asunder in death, they will nevertheless be reunited in the resurrection of the dead. The body also has abiding, enduring, eternal significance. One day the body will inherit immortality.” (197)

Kuyper acknowledges that our bodies are important: “Nevertheless, our body is only the form of our being through which we manifest ourselves in the visible [world] and through which we have fellowship with the world outside us; our actual human essence lies deeper within us and exists spiritually. ” (197)

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