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This post is part of a series walking through the first volume of Abraham Kuyper’s Common Grace.
In the previous post Kuyper highlighted how common grace preserves the knowledge of God. In today’s post, we see that despite the knowledge of God so preserved, common grace bears no spiritual fruit.
For example, God began to guide the nations by means of common grace after the Flood, but then gave them over to Satan and their sin. This is not to be confused with the ‘hardening,’ as that of Pharaoh, but rather is the moral decay that follows idolatry.
“To put it succinctly, the deterioration begins with the sin against the first table of the Law, and the consequence of that sin against the first table of the Law is that by way of punishment God lets the nations decay in their sin against the second table of the Law.” (494)
This is what we see in Romans 1. Kuyper gives us some further explanation of this process of decay:
Since Paul had seen good government firsthand, he couldn’t have meant in Romans 1 that a universal withdrawal of common grace was going on all the time in the world. Instead, he was talking about the collapse of common grace in the religious sphere. This isn’t to say that the different aspects of common grace are unrelated! The collapse of any one of them undermines the others over time.
Dr. Coyle Neal is co-host of the City of Man Podcast and an Associate Professor of Political Science at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO