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Confession of Faith
Chapter 5: Of Providence

2. Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first Cause, all things come to pass immutably, and infallibly;1 yet, by the same providence, he ordereth them to fall out, according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently.2

  1. Acts 2:23

    this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (ESV)

  2. Genesis 8:22

    While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

    Jeremiah 31:35

    Thus says the Lord,
    who gives the sun for light by day
    and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
    the Lord of hosts is his name:

    Exodus 21:13

    But if he did not lie in wait for him, but God let him fall into his hand, then I will appoint for you a place to which he may flee.

    Deuteronomy 19:5

    as when someone goes into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and his hand swings the axe to cut down a tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies—he may flee to one of these cities and live,

    1 Kings 22:28

    And Micaiah said, “If you return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Hear, all you peoples!”

    1 Kings 22:34

    But a certain man drew his bow at random and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate. Therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.”

    Isaiah 10:6-7

    Against a godless nation I send him,
    and against the people of my wrath I command him,
    to take spoil and seize plunder,
    and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
    But he does not so intend,
    and his heart does not so think;
    but it is in his heart to destroy,
    and to cut off nations not a few; (ESV)


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Based on Calendar of Readings in the Westminster Standards by Dr. Joey Pipa. Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.