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Kuyper's Synthesis Essay

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Abraham Kuyper stated, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry Mine!” (Mouw 1998). Kuyper argues that human government derives its authority from the “Sovereignty of God alone” (Brauch 112). For the Scripture writes, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible…All things were created through Him and for Him…” (Col. 1:16-17). However, sin disrupted the “organic unity” of the human race; as a result, God instituted civil authority for making or enforcing laws to prevent anarchy. God instituted civil authority through the Law of Moses (Deut. 16:18-19), “for a sinful humanity, without division of states,…show more content…
God established the family, the church, and the state as governing institutions for human society. God granted specific responsibilities and authority to each governing institution within the State. His justice, jurisdiction, and laws serve as an instrument to carry out His ordinance on earth. Although the “magistrate rule is subject to despotic ambitions,” their commanded to judge righteously and punish evil doers (Rom. 13:1-2). Kuyper asserts that “No man has the right to rule over another man, otherwise, such a right necessarily and immediately becomes the right of the strongest” (111). Kuyper believed that God entrusted mankind with legitimate authority under the constitution of “Divine Providence,” offers people natural protection against the abuse of power and restrains sin (115).
Kuyper is right when he recognized that authority derived from man, whether by vote or State sovereignty, could never rise above man because of being subject to his fellow man (112). The “magistrates” that represent civil government rule under legal privileges and immunities permissible by God’s authority. In essence, all human government and authority among men come from the “Sovereignty of God” as the source of “all authority
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