Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | April 6, 2008

Lord’s Day Quote: John Calvin

He now states more clearly the general truth, that the Father governs the world in the person of the Son, and exercises dominion by his hand; for the Evangelist employs the word judgment, agreeably to the idiom of the Hebrew language, as denoting authority and power.  We now perceive the amount of what is stated here, that the Father hath given to the Son a kingdom, that he may govern heaven and earth according to his pleasure.   

But this might appear to be very absurd, that the Father, surrendering his right to govern, should remain unemployed in heaven, like a private person.  The answer is easy.  This is said both in regard to God and to men; for no change took place in the Father, when he appointed Christ to be supreme King and Lord of heaven and earth; for he is in the Son, and works in him.  But since, when we wish to rise to God, all our senses immediately fail, Christ is placed before our eyes as a lively image of the invisible God.  There is no reason, therefore, why we should toil to no purpose in exploring the secrets of heaven, since God provides for our weakness by showing himself to be near in the person of Christ; but, on the other hand, whenever the inquiry relates to the government of the world, to our own condition, to the heavenly guardianship of our salvation, let us learn to direct our eyes to Christ alone, as all power is committed to his, (Matt 28:18) and in his face God the Father, who would otherwise have been hidden and at a distance, appears to us so that the unveiled majesty of God does not swallow up by its inconceivable brightness… 

…Our duty, therefore, is to seek God the Father in Christ, to behold his power in Christ, and to worship him in Christ.  For as immediately follows, he who honoureth not the Son deprives God of the honour which is due to him.  All admit that we ought to worship God, and this sentiment, which is natural to us, is deeply rooted in our hearts, so that no man dares absolutely to refuse to God the honour which is due him; yet the minds of men lose themselves in going out of the way to seek God.  Hence so many pretended deities, hence so many perverse modes of worship.  We shall never, therefore, find the true God but in Christ, nor shall we ever worship Him aright but by kissing the Son, as David tells us (Ps 2:12) for as John elsewhere declares, He who hath not the Son hath not the Father (1 John 2:23). 

Mohametans and Jews do indeed adorn with beautiful and magnificent titles the God whom they worship; but we ought to remember that the name of God, when it is separated from Christ, is nothing else than a vain imagination.  Whoever then desires to have his worship approved by the true God, let him not turn aside from Christ.  Nor was it otherwise with the Fathers under the Law; for though they beheld Christ darkly in shadows, yet never did God reveal himself out of Christ.  But now, since Christ has been manifested in the flesh and appointed to be King over us, the whole world must bend the knee to him, in order to obey God; for the Father having made him sit at his right hand, he who forms a conception of God without Christ takes away half of him. 

John Calvin, Commentary on the Gospel of John 5:22-23

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  1. I never get tired of reading Calvin. As far as mere humans go, the guy is my hero. When you read his commentaries, much of the time, he may as well have written them just a few days ago. Whenever I preach a sermon or teach a Bible study, one of the first Bible commentaries I grab is Calvin. thanks for the post.

    Joe

  2. Joe,

    It sounds like we have alot in common, that is in liking Calvin. I have not attained to that noble position of preaching the Gospel.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    S2C

  3. Calvin-admiring site TheAmericanView.com. Visit-comment, please. JLof@aol.com

  4. “Our duty, therefore, is to seek God the Father in Christ, to behold his power in Christ, and to worship him in Christ. For as immediately follows, he who honoureth not the Son deprives God of the honour which is due to him”

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    I’m affirming of it brother.

  5. “Our duty, therefore, is to seek God the Father in Christ, to behold his power in Christ, and to worship him in Christ. For as immediately follows, he who honoureth not the Son deprives God of the honour which is due to him”

    ———-

    I’m affirming of it brother, (Who is Jesus? Part 16 — eyes2eyes.wordpress.com)

  6. Eyes,

    Good to hear from you again. Glad you liked the quote also.

    This is one of the best ones I’ve read in Calvin. It was especially timely in light of the lesson posted today.

    S2C


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