The Doctrine Of God’s Providence -- By: Benjamin W. Dwight

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 026:102 (Apr 1869)
Article: The Doctrine Of God’s Providence
Author: Benjamin W. Dwight


The Doctrine Of God’s Providence

Dr. Benjamin W. Dwight

Part II.1 — Its Subjective Aspects; Or, The Developing Power Upon The Heart And Life Of True Views Of Its Nature And Workings.

Every truth has its value in its uses. It becomes in itself, as such, as soon as it is discovered, a law of action in higher or lower relations, in the physical, intellectual, or moral direction in which it manifests its existence. He who is continually discovering new truths is in the same measure discovering new responsibilities.

We shall the more easily comprehend the true practical bearings of the doctrine of God’s providence if we gather about our minds, more closely, ere we proceed to their consid-

eration, some of the leading truths most intimately connected with its scope and management. Wonderful are the analogies in the divine ordinances of nature and of human experience. The unity of design in the creation of all things, apparent alike to the hasty observer and to the most scientific explorer, is paralleled by an equally remarkable unity of management by the great Administrator of the world and its affairs. So many and great are the evident correspondences in the physical world with things moral and spiritual, that nature seems to a discerning eye to be a vast mass of moral symbolism.2

The aims of God’s providential government are as grand as his heart can fashion them, the aims of perfect righteousness, wisdom, truth, and love, mingled in infinite fulness in his will. The Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian economies were but different stages of the successively unfolded display of his infinite interest in man, and of his eternal purpose to bless him to the extent of his moral capabilities, both individually and in the mass, to receive the bestowals of his love. So also whatever can be done throughout the cycles of the immeasurable future, for the good of those who here sought to know God and to do his will, will be surely done, as the fuller form of that unceasingly cherishing and educating love that has been shown to mankind from the first.

As previously adequate views of divine justice form the necessary basis for a right appreciation of the divine mercy,

the great judicial doctrine of “eye for eye and tooth for tooth “stood out everywhere, flaming, in the front of God’s first system of formal lessons concerning himself, as the moral Governor of mankind, in full parallelism with the threatened penalty of his broken law: “In the day that t...

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