Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | September 30, 2007

Lord’s Day Quote: John Calvin

Surely there is no one who is not sunken in infinite filth!  Let even the most perfect man descend into his conscience and call his deeds to account, what then will be the outcome for him?  Will he sweetly rest as if all things were well composed between him and God and not, rather, be torn by dire torments, since if he be judged by works, he will feel grounds for condemnation within himself?  The conscience, if it looks to God, must either have sure peace with his judgment or be besieged by the terrors of hell.  Therefore we profit nothing in discussing righteousness unless we establish a righteousness so steadfast that it can support our soul in the judgment of God.  When our souls possess that by which they may present themselves fearless before God’s face and receive his judgment undismayed, then only may we know that we have found no counterfeit righteousness.  The apostle, then, with good reason strongly insists on this point.  I prefer to express it in his words rather than mine.  “If the promise of the inheritance comes from the law, faith is nullified and the promise is void” (Rom 4:14).  He first infers that faith has been nullified and canceled if the promise of righteousness looks to the merits of our works, or depends upon the observance of the law.  For no one can ever confidently trust in it because no one will ever come to be really convinced in his own mind that he has satisfied the law, as surely no one ever fully satisfies it through works…

…Hence Christ is called “King of peace (Is. 9:6) and “our peace” (Eph 2:14) because he quiets all agitations of conscience.  If we ask the means, we must come to the sacrifice by which God has been appeased.  For anyone unconvinced that God is appeased by that one atonement in which Christ endured his wrath will never cease to tremble.  In short, we must seek peace for ourselves solely in the anguish of Christ our Redeemer.

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion

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Responses

  1. god never tells you taht you have sacrifice . that are we who thinks that .

  2. Covert Metaphor,

    Sorry, but are you speaking metaphorically here…I may need some help to understand exactly what you are saying..

    Mike


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