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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.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Kuyper's Common Grace #CG1.1 Chapter 12

12 A New Dispensation

In this chapter Kuyper takes stock and considers the preceding chapters. 
  • The flood altered the state of affairs on the earth and it now displays a different character.
  • The change comes from the Lord’s decree.
  • The flood manifested God’s wrath but pointed to his grace.
  • This grace was not special grace but common grace.
  • It was not a restrictive grace - it included all those that had breath.
  • The post-flood situation continues to his day.

He then summarises the main points:

1. The human race not just a few people are reused from the flood.
2. The earth is still the same though it has been changed by the catastrophe of the flood.
3. The atmosphere of the earth was changed.
4. The blessings are not jet for the church but for all humanity and the animals.
5. The relationship between humans and animals and the earth is now regulated. 
6. A change tok place in the life of humanity itself. Humans didn’t live for as long.
7. God instituted government for an orderly human life and was designed to thwart the outbreak of violence.

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