Saturday, March 28, 2009

God cannot, without the Mediator...

Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559) - John Calvin
Book 2 - God the Redeemer

Chapter 6 - Fallen Man Ought to Seek Redemption in Christ

Section 1 - Only the Mediator helps fallen man
We ought to know God through His theater of heaven and earth.
But we don't, so He provides Christ, in whom we are to believe.
"No knowledge apart from the Mediator has had power unto salvation."
John 17:3; 10:9; 4:22; Eph 2:12; John 1:4, 10, 12; 11:25; 14:6.

Section 2 - Even the Old Covenant declared that there is no faith in the gracious God apart from the Mediator
The sacrifices put Israel's hope in the atonement God provided.
Abraham's seed, which was the promise, became Christ
See Gen 17:4; Gal 3:14-16.
A Messiah from David was the hope - 1 Sam 2:10, 35; Ps 2:12; John 5:23; 1 Kings 11:13, 32, 39; 15:4; 2 Kings 8:19; Ps 78:60, 67-68, 70-71; Ps 28:8-9.
"God cannot without the Mediator be propitious toward the human race."
"Christ was always set before the holy fathers as the end to which they should direct their faith."

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