Was Cain A Recipient Of Common Grace?

Reprobate Cain was a child “of the devil” (1 John 3:10), who “slew his brother” because his “works were evil” (1 John 3:12). Thus Cain was an “abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 3:32; Proverbs 11:20; Proverbs 16:5), as was everything about him: his “hands” (Proverbs 6:16-17), his “lying lips” (Proverbs 12:22), his “thoughts” (Proverbs 15:26), his “sacrifice” and his “way” (Proverbs 15:8-9).

God spoke with Cain (Genesis 4:6-7, Genesis 4:9-15) — a rational-moral creature—laying before him the ways of life and of death (see Genesis 4:6-7) and explaining his evil deed of fratricide (see Genesis 4:9-10), thus leaving him “without excuse” (Romans 1:20). So far was God from bestowing ‘common grace’ upon Cain that He did not bless him, but cursed him (Genesis 4:11-12)!

God marked Cain so that no man would kill him (see Genesis 4:15). Cain’s prolonged life meant that he heaped up more wrath to himself (Romans 2:5). God willed Cain’s continuance on earth for some years so that the line of the reprobate would continue and develop in sin (see Genesis 4) over against the line of the elect (Genesis 5).

Nor were Cain’s city building (see Genesis 4:17) or the riches, artistic talent and technological advances of his descendants (see Genesis 4:20-22) signs of God’s love for the reprobate. God’s purpose “when all the workers of iniquity do flourish” (including Cain and his seed with their earthly prosperity) is “that they shall be destroyed forever” (Psalm 92:7). God does not immediately cut off the wicked, for He is digging the pit for them (Psalm 94:13) — just as He did with Cain, that child of the devil, who killed the first martyr, Abel, his own brother (1 John 3:10-12)!

By Angus Stewart

One Comment on “Was Cain A Recipient Of Common Grace?

  1. Right on about CG. I try to tell folks this, but I just
    get rejection after rejection. It’s tough to
    take the abuse, but you have to tell the truth
    and put up with the spitting. These things are
    spiritually discerned. I was dealing with an
    Arminian just last night and this other fellow
    tried to stop me from “Dividing brothers”. He
    got in-between told me that he heard me saying that all
    Arminians are going to Hell. I denied the charge
    and I leave that matter in God’s hands. He bore
    false testimony against me. Then he said, “You
    worship John Calvin; John Calvin is your god”.
    That kind of charge is just a little hard to
    bear. I declined to answer the fool according
    to his folly. Keep telling the truth, brothers.

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