Chapter 5

Of Divine Providence

1 I. The summary statement of the doctrine
A. The Author of providence: "the good Creator"
B. The foundation of providence: "his infinite power and wisdom"
C. The essence of providence: "uphold, direct, dispose and govern"
D. The objects of providence: "all creatures and things, from the greatest even to the least"
E. The nature of providence: "by his most wise and holy providence"
F. The compatibility of providence (with His creation): "to the end for which they were created"
G. The determining causes of God's providence:
1. God's mind: "his infallible foreknowledge"
2. God's will: "and the free and immutable counsel of his own will"
H. The goal of providence: "to the praise of the glory...."
2-7 II. The major concerns about the doctrine
2-3 A. The relation of providence to the use of means
2(a) 1. A concession
2(b) 2. An assertion
3 3. A qualification
4-6 B. The relation of providence to the fact of sin
4 1. Sin is general
5 2. Sin in his children
6 3. Sin in the ungodly
7 C. The relation of providence to the care of the church

From: Samuel E. Waldron, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, (Evangelical Press, 1989), p88-89. Used by permission.