August 2009 Archives

Blog 169: 4.1.5 - 4.1.21

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Calvin's teaching has never been for shrinking violets, nor is John Calvin himself thought of as "soft."  He uses strong language about those who are enemies of the gospel ("pigs," "dogs").  In discussing church discipline he notes the special responsibilities... continue

Blog 168: 4.1.9 - 4.1.14

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"Wherever we see the Word of God purely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to Christ's institution, there, it is not to be doubted, a church of God exists" (4.1.9). Thus Calvin identifies the two (not three) marks... continue

Blog 167: 4.1.5 - 4.1.8

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The Reformers affirmed the necessary distinction between the church visible and invisible; that is, between the one church of Christ on earth as man sees it, and the one church in heaven and earth as God sees it.  The one... continue

Blog 166: 4.1.1 - 4.1.4

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And thus we turn to Book 4 of the Institutes, the longest of the sections. How is the work of Christ on behalf of the elect appropriated? Answer: by faith in the gospel. But, since we are ignorant and slothful... continue

Blog 165: 3.25.9 - 3.25.12

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The annihilation of the wicked was not a popular thought in the sixteenth century. Therefore, when Calvin discusses the resurrection of unbelievers, it is not so much the fact of their resurrection that is in view, but the implications of... continue

Blog 164: 3.25.7 - 3.25.8

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It is important for Calvin to stress that the form of bodily resurrection does not break with the present creation; rather, it will be creations completion. In the resurrection God proves himself as the Giver of Life (3.25.4). The notion... continue

Blog 163: 3.25.4 - 3.25.6

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Yesterday I didn't get to 3.25.3.  That's likely for the best, since that section is closely connected with today's reading.  In his discussion of hope springing from the final resurrection, Calvin turns to the bodily resurrection.  This is a cardinal... continue

Blog 162: 3.25.1 - 3.25.3

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With this new chapter, Calvin moves from the discussion of election to the final resurrection.  As he explains, citing Peter, the issue of the resurrection is "the outcome of our faith" (1 Peter 1:8-9; 3.25.1).  In discussing election, God's bringing... continue

Blog 161: 3.24.12 - 3.21.17

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Now on to reprobation, not nearly as edifying as election and assurance--should I protest to Dr. Thomas for choosing me to write on this section?!  Calvin starts here at the same place he does with election, firmly and solidly in... continue

Blog 160: 3.24.6 - 3.24.11

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Calvin ended yesterday's reading by lodging election squarely "in Christ alone."  Now he develops how this grounds, roots, and anchors--pick any metaphor your prefer--our assurance.  Way back when I was working on my dissertation, tackling Edwards on assurance, I remember... continue
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