WCF 6:1  Why Did God permit the Fall?

"Our first parents, being seduced by the subtlety and temptation of Satan, sinned in eating the forbidden fruit. God was pleased to permit this sin of theirs, according to his wise and holy counsel, because his purpose was, through it, to glorify himself." Here is a one sentence description of Mankind’s fall into sin. Eve and Adam listened to Satan’s lies and rebelled against God. The emphasis, though, falls on the reason that God allowed this rebellion. Before the reason is given, we are reminded that God is Wise and Holy in all His decisions, because we will be tempted to doubt them when we hear His explanation. That reason is to glorify Himself. Ok, but we ask ourselves, “How is it p

WCF 5:7  God Works All Thing for the Good of Those Who Love Him

"As, in general, the providence of God reaches to all creatures, so, in a very special way, it cares for his church and disposes all things for its good." God controls and directs all things, but why? To what end? To the end of His glory and the good of his people. Those are not separate concerns but strangely united. God, having given His name and tied His fame to His people, His glory is tied up in their good! His reputation depends on the promises that He has made to His people. Even the ‘bad things’ work good things. ’The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.’ God disposes of all things for the good of his Bride, the church. Need proof? Read Isaiah 43:3,5; 2 Timothy 4:

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