Our Creator Engages with his Creation
Dependence of Creation on the Creator
WE AFFIRM that the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, according to his sovereign will, and by his eternal power and infinite wisdom, was pleased to create all things, whether visible or invisible. Our Creator spoke creation into existence and by the power of that same word sustains and maintains his creation. God’s work in providence is the execution of his decree, according to the free and immutable counsel of his good will and pleasure, to the end for which they were created. This preserving, sustaining, and maintaining work of our Creator in providence is seen as the perfect Law-giver enforcing those laws as he is intimately involved with his creation by upholding, directing, disposing, and governing all things.
WE DENY any form of deism that asserts the lack of engagement or intervention of the Creator with his creation.
Hebrews 1:1-3; Job 38:11; Isaiah 46:10, 11; Psalms 135:6; Matthew 10:29-31; Ephesians 1:11 John 1:2, 3; Job 26:13; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16; Genesis 1:31
The Glory of God in Creation
WE AFFIRM that God, the first cause, of himself sovereignly and freely decrees all things that come to pass immutably and infallibly. There is nothing in creation nor its history that comes about by chance, or without his providence. God, in his ordinary providence uses secondary means, though he is free to work without, above, and against them at his own pleasure. This we call miracles.
WE DENY that the sovereign Creator is in any way contingent or dependent upon his creation but works his immutable plan in and through them. This extends all of the course of history and the free choices of man.
Acts 2:23; Proverbs 16:33; Genesis 8:22; Romans 8:28 Acts 27:31, 44; Isaiah 55:10, 11; Hosea 1:7; Romans 4:19-21; Daniel 3:27
WE AFFIRM that creation and all that is in it manifests the glory of its Creator.
WE DENY that creation is an end of itself but exists as a platform for the glory of God to be made manifest in the Christ, his gospel, and the kingdom of God. It is to that end that all things exist and move toward.
WE AFFIRM the hand of providence in the Church that Christ himself established, builds, preserves and sanctifies, in order to present her before him holy, blameless and spotless.
Psalm 19; 1 Timothy 4:10; Amos 9:8, 9; Isaiah 43:3-5