Since God owns everything

If God owns everything, there is nowhere we can step off His property into a sphere of private ownership.
  • Deuteronomy 10:14 – “To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.”  
  • Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
  • Acts 17:24-25 – “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth…he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.”
  • Colossians 1:16-17 – “Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”

Think about it

“God has lawfully ordered his creation, and there are biblical passages — Romans 2:15 is an obvious case in point — that make it clear that all human beings have some sort of cognitive access to that lawfulness” (He shines in all that’s Fair, Richard Mouw).

The Belgic Confession states that in addition to God’s revelation in Scripture, “[w]e know him…by the creation, preservation, and government of the universe; which is before our eyes as a most elegant book, wherein all creatures, great and small, are as so many characters leading us to contemplate the invisible things of God,namely, his eternal power and Godhead”—all of which is “sufficient to convince men, and leave them without excuse.”

“….there is a world that God created that is shared in common by believers and nonbelievers alike. … the goodness of creation is fundamentally and ubiquitously marred by sin but it is not negated by sin. It may be fractured, incomplete, and corrupted, but his goodness remains in it. The gifts of God’s grace are spread abundantly among the just and unjust in ways that support and enhance the lives of all.” 

“… there is a natural life originating in creation and a natural order in things that can be understood, developed, and enjoyed. The dazzling processes of growth in a tree or a bug or a newborn baby, the intricacies of molecular biology, the stunning ordered-complexity of mathematics, and the underlying logic of music all speak of an order that God has created and that has not been effaced by the fall, that people can discover and take pleasure in as well. These things too, Christians should neither dismiss nor disparage but rather be grateful for and be delighted by because they are gifts of God’s grace meant for their benefit and the benefit of all” ( To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern WorldJames D. Hunter).

“We proceed with caution, knowing that the rebellious manifesto of our first parents — ‘We shall be as gods!’ — still echoes all around us. (and within us) — But we also know — and this is an important message for common grace theology — that the Spirit of the reigning Lamb is indeed active in our world, not only in gathering the company of the redeemed from the tribes and nations of the earth, but also in working mysteriously to restrain sin in the lives of those who continue in their rebellion, and even in stimulating works of righteousness in surprising places. And so, while we proceed with caution, we also go about our business in hope” (He shines in all that’s Fair, Richard Mouw).

Steve Cornell

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Just another worker in God's field.
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