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Dependency, Contingency, and the Christian Life

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about these two words: dependency and contingency. For something to be contingent means it is “dependent for existence, occurrence, character, etc., on something not yet certain; conditional.” We sometimes tend to forget our dependency and contingency on God. Even as Christians, we like to think that we are sometimes autonomous and can do things separate from God.

We are completely dependent on God in three ways.
Firstly, in the very fact that He created. If He refrained from creating we would not be here. (Psalm 33, Isaiah 40:28, Job 38:4-7)

Secondly, in the truth that He sustains our very existence! God is constantly keeping the  universe and our souls alive! God is not deistic. He is sustaining the world and interacts with it. (Psalm 104, Luke 12:22-31)

The third way we are dependent on God is that He sent His Son to save us. Our salvation and regeneration is contingent on Christ’s death and resurrection. (2 Corinthians 5:17, John 3:3, John 14:6, John 6:51, 2 Corinthians 1:5-6)

These three things are the main ways we are dependent on God. We must always realize that we are dependent. We must constantly see that God is necessary and everlasting and we are not. Our dependency is declared through worship, prayer, evangelism, and reading the word. James 4:6 says “[God] opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” We must humble ourselves and declare our dependency on God daily!

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” – Matthew 16:24



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