by George Gifford
Lightly modernized and reformatted
OR, The various Methods of GOD in Ordering and Over-ruling the Actions of Wicked Men and Devils to great and glorious Purposes. With the Vindication of his Holiness therein.
"The Great Mystery of Providence" by George Gifford, a theologian and preacher from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, is a profound treatise that delves into the relationship between divine providence and human affairs. Giffordexplains the theological concepts surrounding God's sovereign control over all events, including human sin and suffering.
In this book, Gifford explores the idea that God's providence governs not only the virtuous and righteous aspects of life but also the sins and transgressions of wicked men. He argues that God's overarching plan extends to even the darkest and most malevolent actions of humanity. Gifford presents a compelling case that divine providence does not excuse or diminish the culpability of sinful deeds but rather demonstrates God's ability to bring about His ultimate purpose through human actions, both good and evil.
Throughout the text, Gifford provides numerous examples and biblical references to illustrate his points, drawing from several events in the Bible to highlight how God's providential hand has worked in history. He emphasizes the importance of acknowledging God's role in all circumstances, even those that appear to be the result of human negligence or malice.
Gifford's work also emphasizes the significance of prayer, repentance, and living virtuously in response to God's providential plan. He encourages readers to turn to God in times of trouble, demonstrating how faith and devotion can help individuals navigate the challenges and adversities of life.
"The Great Mystery of Providence" serves as a thought-provoking and spiritually enriching exploration of a timeless theological question: How does God's providence intersect with the actions and choices of humanity? Gifford's deep theological insights, and reliance on biblical wisdom make this book a classic work in Christian literature, offering readers a profound understanding of God's providential workings in the world.
Table of Contents
To the Reader
The Great Mystery of Providence
SECTION II: How far the holy and wise God does or may concur in the evil actions of sinful Men
SECTION III: God Almighty can make good use of the sinful actions of wicked Men
SECTION IV: Application
SECTION V: the only true way to secure ourselves from harm by wicked men, is, to make our Peace with God