God The Supreme Disposer And Moral Governor -- By: Enoch Pond

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 021:84 (Oct 1864)
Article: God The Supreme Disposer And Moral Governor
Author: Enoch Pond

God The Supreme Disposer And Moral Governor

Rev. Enoch Pond

In the scriptures, God is represented as being himself, in some sense, the end of all his works: “Thou hast made all things for thyself” (Prov. 16:4); “Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev. 4:11); “For whom are all things, and by whom are all things’’ (Heb. 2:10).

By the most respectable theologians these scriptures are understood to mean that the glory of God is the great object and end of all his works; that in all that he has done, or ever will do, his prime object is, to exhibit himself, to display his perfections, to show forth his glory, so that his intelligent creatures may have the means of knowing, loving, and enjoying him in the highest degree of which they are capable. And this involves, necessarily, their highest good. In this view, the brightest display of God’s glory, and the highest good of the intelligent universe are identical, and together constitute the ultimate and most worthy end of the Supreme Being in all his works.

In displaying his glory to the view of creatures, God necessarily exhibits himself in different attitudes and lights. He represents himself as discharging different offices and works. Viewed in one aspect, we behold his power; in another, his wisdom; in another, his goodness and his truth. In fulfilling one office, he displays his glorious sovereignty; in another, his glorious justice and his grace. In these ways God makes a more full exhibition of himself than would otherwise be possible. He glorifies himself in the highest degree.

Among the different offices which God fulfils, and in the fulfilling of which he shows forth his glory, are those of

Supreme Disposer and Moral Governor. There is a manifest distinction between these offices; and in what follows we shall endeavour to illustrate and apply it, and show its importance in a system of theology.

In different parts of the Bible God speaks, and is spoken of, in each of these different offices and works; and, first, as the Sovereign and Supreme Disposer: “I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create evil; I, the Lord, do all these things” (Is. 14:6–7). And again, in a parallel passage: “I am God, and there is none like me; declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done; “saying, my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure...

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