In chapter 13, Kuyper begins to specifically develop the doctrine of common grace. He notes that while the operation of common grace changed in the post-flood world, the fact of such grace – grace to preserve life rather than redeem from sin – was not new with Noah. He places the advent of such grace with the startling fact from Genesis 3 that Adam did not immediately die upon committing the transgression.
Kuyper then draws this conclusion, “If common grace is the means whereby Adam’s presence on this earth was unexpectedly extended, then it follows that your own life, your birth, your existence as a human being arises not merely from creation, but is an act that is rooted in grace.” (113). Kuyper puts this observation most plainly in the context of Adam’s continued existence, but the proposition holds true for all persons. Our existence, today, is the result of common grace, for all are under the sentence of death.
This seems perhaps more plainly true when the idea of death is so patently on the minds of all. A politician was giving himself and his efforts great credit for what was claimed to be a reduction in death. This unnamed politician (and perhaps not one you suspected), claimed this was not God, it was our work.
Yes, there are secondary causes. And yes humans have real agency. But, our continued existence while we live under a curse is purely a matter of grace.