A. God's Prerogatives in Providence
1. His infallible foreknowledge
2. The free and immutable counsel of His own will
B. Purpose of Providence
1. To the praise of the glory of His wisdom, and power 2. To the praise
of the glory of His
justice, goodness, and mercy.
II. The Nature of Second Causes
III. More on Second Causes
A. God may work without Second Causes.
B. God may work above Second Causes.
C. God may work against normal Second Causes.
IV. The Relationship of Sin to Providence
A. God's providence extends itself to the sins of men and angels.
B. God orders and governs sin.
C. Although sin finds a place in God's providence sin
proceedeth from the creature and not from God.
V. The Purpose of God's Children being Left to Temptation and Sin
A. To chastise them for their former sins
B. To discover unto them the hidden strength of corruption and deceitfulness of their hearts
C. That they may be humbled
D. To raise them to a more close and constant dependence for their support upon Himself
E. To make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin
F. For sundry other just and holy ends
VI. Providence for the Reprobate
A. God blinds and hardens them
B. God withholds his grace and withdraws former gifts from them
C. God exposes them to objects that their corruption makes occasion for sin.
D. God gives them over
1. to their lusts
2. the temptations of the world
3. the power of Satan
E. The results of God's providence for the reprobate is: they harden themselves
under those means
which God useth for the softening of others.
VII. Providence for God's church
A. In a special manner God's providence taketh care of His Church
B. God's providence disposeth all things to the good thereof