Calvin has already established his understanding of "a twofold government" to which human beings are subject: an inward government in which God rules over the individual human soul for eternal life and an outward government in which God through human government establishes civil justice and outward morality (4.20.1).
Marriage has been instituted by God, but it is not a sacrament. Many are the good things which God has instituted, but that does not make them sacraments, which are, by definition, signs and ceremonies to confirm God's promise to us. The fact that marriage illustrates Christ's relationship to the church does not make it a sacrament either - many are the things that illustrate it, but they are not sacraments.
In the garden of Eden, God’s people—Adam and Eve—lived in a land that was created by and entrusted to them by God. In this land, all of their needs were met, and they had lives filled with purpose, enjoying perfect fellowship with the God who walked with them in the cool of the day. But because of their disobedience, Adam and Eve were expelled from this land of blessing.
Sifting through a box in my garage a few weeks back, I ran across a CD recording by the contemporary Christian music artist, Michael W. Smith. It had been years since I had heard any of his music, so I popped in the CD for old time sake and was instantly immersed in a recognizable piano melody and the all-too-familiar lyrics from one of his biggest hits…
…Looking for a reason
Roamin' through the night to find
Anne Ross Cundell Cousin – A Compassionate Friend
Anne’s Early Life
Samuel Miller – Conscientious Pastor and Teacher
Basic information – four ideas
Looking for the Lost
Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep and doesn’t know where to find them;
Leave them alone and they will come home, wagging their tails behind them.
How are God’s people to respond? We remind each other:
- Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us.[i]
The Doctrine of Angels
With All Your Heart