Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Calvin's Summary of the Gospel

I am running behind on my Calvin reading, so I just started Book III Chapter II of the Institutes this morning. What a great way to start the morning! Calvin begins with a simple, three pronged summary of the gospel:
First, God lays down for us through the law what we should do; if we then fail in any part of it, that dreadful sentence of eternal death which it pronounces will rest upon us.

Secondly, it is not only hard, but above our strength and beyond all our abilities, to fulfill the law to the letter; thus, if we look to ourselves only, and ponder what condition we deserve, no trace of good hope will remain; but cast away by God, we shall lie under eternal death.

Thirdly, it has been explained that there is but one means of liberation that can rescue us from such miserable calamity: the appearance of Christ the Redeemer, through whose hand the Heavenly Father, pitying us out of his infinite goodness and mercy, will to help us; if, indeed, with firm faith we embrace this mercy and rest n it with steadfast hope.
Jesus Christ the Redeemer has appeared and he is the the one means of liberation. Are you resting in this Christ and his liberation today?

1 comment:

  1. What a great summary.
    I'm starting Calvin's institutes this Summer. I'll be reading through portions for Systematic Theology and decided I would go ahead and read it all. I'm looking forward to it!
    Resting in Jesus Christ the Redeemer our one means of liberation!

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