Archive for May, 2009

Turretin on God’s Will

May 31, 2009

F_TurretinNo other cause can be assigned to why the Lord has done this or that than this – because he so willed. If you ask further, why he so willed, you seek something greater and more sublime than the will of God (which cannot be found). Therefore human temerity ought to restrain itself and not to seek what is not, lest perchance it fail to find that which is.

Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Third Topic/17thQ/VI.

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Calvin on Justification

May 25, 2009

JCalvinBut we define justification as follows: the sinner, received into communion with Christ, is reconciled to God by his grace, while, cleansed by Christ’s blood, he obtains forgiveness of sins, and clothed with Christ’s righteousness as if were his own, he stands confident before the heavenly judgement seat.

Calvin, Institutes, 3.17.8

Wonderful Exchange

May 22, 2009

JCalvinCalvin on Union with Christ

This is the wonderful exchange which, out of his measureless benevolence, he has made with us: that, becoming Son of man with us, he has made us sons of God with him; that, by his descent to earth, he has prepared an ascent to heaven for us; that, by taking on our mortality, he has conferred his immortality upon us; that, accepting our weakness, he hasĀ strengthenedĀ us by his power; that, receiving our poverty unto himself, he has transferred his wealth to us; that, taking the weight of our iniquity upon himself (which oppressed us), he has clothed us with his righteousness.

Calvin, Institutes, 4.17.2

May 22, 2009

Calvin on Baptism

May 22, 2009

JCalvinBut we must realize that at whatever time we are baptized, we are once for all washed and purged for our whole life. Therefore, as often as we fall away, we ought to recall the memory of our baptism and fortify our mind with it, that we may always be sure and confident of the forgiveness of sins. For, though baptism, administered only once, seemed to have passed, it was still not destroyed by subsequent sins. For Christ’s purity has been offered us in it; his purity ever flourishes; it is defiled by no spots, but buries and cleanses away all our defilements.

Calvin, Institutes, 4.15.3