Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Miracle or Providence?

The Gospel Coalition recently published a really helpful (for me anyway) article by Justin Holcomb titled, “How Is God Working in the World? Understanding Miracles and Providence”.

He explores how we might differentiate the ordinary supernatural work of God’s providentially ordering and maintaining the world vs. miracles which are extraordinary supernatural works that are less frequent and have special purpose in bearing witness to God.

I especially appreciate his point that a wrong view of miracles leads to a diminished view of God’s supernatural providential care over all things. He details three common ways miracles are misunderstood and then shows how each of these views mitigates against a proper view of God’s hand of providence.

It’s not a quick read, but worth the time to work through. It made me appreciate all the more the many routine, yet supernatural ways in which God is sustaining and caring for his creation.

Read the whole thing here.

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