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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.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Kuyper's Common Grace #CG1.1 Chapter 3

 Chapter 3. The Noahic Covenant was not Particular

Previously Kuyper has shown that the Noahic covenant reveals that there will be no further violent ruptures until the Lord returns. Though the same flood waters still exist God in his common grace covenant prevents another flood. The Noahic covenant means that there is rest, security and confidence for humanity. 

There is, however, a serious objection regarding this covenant and whether it concerns the world in general. Kuyper points out that Calvin shows that it is for all posterity and for all people: “A covenant of grace to all people and nations in common.” In Genesis 9 God speaks to Noah, his three sons and their descendants as well as every living creature.

Again, Kuyper stresses that it is not a covenant of particular grace bit of common grace. This is only denied by those who have a false view of spirituality. 

The flood came because of human sinfulness and depravity. Only Noah and his family were saved and only because they had the fear of the Lord. God will never flood the earth again, he will deal with sin in another way. It is through common grace that sin will be restrained. 

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