Providential Will and Studied Disingenuity: The Grace Cure

Providence is divine action in which the Supreme Being bends history to work the divine will. Miracles are providential. The intervention of divine messengers in human history is providential. The appearance of Jesus, the Christ, is providential.

My favorite religious thinker/writer/activist/organizer. John Wesley (I would put him with Soren Kierkegard, except the Dane was too melancholy to be a great doer/activist), wrote often of Providence. His corrective to the religious determinists of his day was Providence’s second statement, grace. If Providence is  the work of God Who Intervenes Godself with Creation, it is important to know God does so lovingly. That is, God acts in/from/out of grace, simultaneous to God’s transforming work called salvation.

Salvation itself, perfectionism and the lot, imply there is some fault of someone on some level, or what is a salvation for?  Wesley struggled in his own salvation for years, alert to this very fearful thought, that is, a fellow who manages to lose himself can hardly be expected to re-secure himself apart from some special work from a Source outside himself.

The writer of the canonical note, Hebrews, fashions a profoundly simple fiat, early on, when said writer notes, “To please God you must believe that God is and that God rewards those who seek Him.”

 

 

One Response to Providential Will and Studied Disingenuity: The Grace Cure

  1. Heb. 11:6

    “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

    One of my favorite memory verses. It shows the centrality of faith, the importance of belief and trust. Good stuff.

    Tim

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