June 2009 Archives

Blog 127: 3.13.4 - 3.14.5

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In justification, the sinner receives righteousness from God as a gift.  Because this gift rests on the promise of God, received by faith, it provides complete assurance to the conscience and full peace to the soul.  Our hope of inheriting... continue

Blog 126: 3.12.6 - 3.13.3

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For Calvin, the only possible way to receive God's mercy is with absolute humility, which he defines as "an unfeigned submission of our heart, stricken down in earnest with an awareness of its own misery and want."  Without such humility,... continue

Blog 125: 3.12.1 - 3.12.5

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Justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ is the true doctrine of acceptance. But is it necessary, vital? How serious should we be about it? Does it matter? Is it worth fighting over? It matters more than we can say,... continue

Blog 124: 3.11.18 - 3.11.23

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If, as Paul say, the law is not faith (Gal. 3.11-12), the one excludes the other. So the law is quite different from faith. And so justification is by faith alone. Calvin is sensitive to language, particular over the question... continue

Blog 122: 3.11.9 - 3.11.11

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In his attack upon Osiander Calvin adds that while 'Christ, as he is God and man, justifies us', nevertheless Christ's righteousness is a work of the Saviour's human nature, the fruit of his obedience. This is another reason why it... continue

Blog 123: 3.11.12 - 3.11.17

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After his refutation of Osiander, Calvin returns to his mainline exposition of justification, that the believer receives pardon and God's righteousness is reckoned to be the believer as the only ground of acceptance.  So are works of the law excluded?... continue

Blog 121: 3.11.5 - 3.11.8

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Is the Institutes a work of systematic theology? Yes and no. Calvin covers many of the topics of theology in his own inimitable way, but unevenly. There is much from the patristic and medieval theology that he takes for granted.... continue

Blog 120: 3.10.5 - 3.11.4

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The Institutes is a great work of theology. But it is difficult to find the right adjective for the kind of theology it represents--systematic, biblical ecclesiastical, pastoral?  It is certainly all of the above. Calvin engages the mind, heart, will,... continue

Blog 119: 3.9.5 - 3.10.4

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How can we happily contemplate the future life when the access route to it is by death?  The natural fear of the dissolution of our bodies surely makes encouragement to contemplate the future life a counsel of perfection. Not for... continue

Blog 118: 3.8.11 - 3.9.4

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Christians are not the only ones who have discussed the virtue of patience. But what distinguishes biblical teaching from that of the philosophers is the grand sense of purpose and design.  Granted pagan philosophers at times saw that affliction tests... continue
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