"Perhaps he dreamed of still extending his conquests; but the sin of man, of which he was the author, was the appointed means of putting a final stop to iniquity, of banishing sin from the universe, with the exception of that place of torment prepared for the devil and his angels."
This quote is from the end of chapter 2. This was a fascinating read. It is so encouraging to reflect on the wisdom of God in regard to sin. So often, people use the existence of sin and evil as an excuse to deny the truth of the gospel. But Haldane has done an excellent job of demonstrating the balance between the sovereignty of God and the will of the creature. In his wisdom, God ordained that the very designs of the devil to rebel would be used to bring about the glorious redemption of the church.
I am reminded of what Joseph told his brothers after their reunion. What they meant for evil, God meant for good. It is such an emboldening thought that God orchestrates all events, good and evil alike, to the good of those who love him.
What were some of your thoughts concerning this week's reading?