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Kuyper on Common Grace

Dr. Nelson Kloosterman has been engaged in some very important work over the last few years. He has been translating the works of Abraham Kuyper into English. It’s amazing to consider that a man so widely cited as Kuyper has so little actually available in English, but it’s true. Few “Kuyperians” have ever really read Kuyper beyond The Stone Lectures. Here Dr. Kloosterman posts an excerpt from Kuyper on common grace, clearing up a common misconception:

Something else that lies judged by this is the dualism that separates nature and grace from each other like two separate spheres, that fails to understand that it is one work of God being accomplished both in particular grace and in common grace. One work of God in both, which finds its link in the Mediator between God and man; a link warranted and explained by this, that the Lamb of God who bears the sin of the world is also the Eternal Word through whom that world and everything in that world was created.

It is not the case that particular grace creates its own unique world to exist separately in the midst of the age-old world, letting that age-old world now perish and go under, in order to replace it later with a newly created life. But it is and remains the same age-old world, created by God once long ago, maintained by common grace and restored in the core of its life and purified from the cancer in its root. And when at the end of the ages that healing process will have run its full course, then it is not the first world that will be destroyed in order to be replaced by a second world, but it will be the age-old world of Adam, created by God once long ago, and corrupted by us, saved in Christ, that will appear to have carried within itself such hidden powers that this very world itself will one day stand before God in glory, to magnify his majesty.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.