Friday, March 6, 2009

What do you have of your own but sin?

Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559)
Book 2 - God the Redeemer
Chapter 2 - Man deprived of freedom of choice
Sections 10-11 - Abandon all self-approval

Section 10 - Free will is always in danger of robbing God of His honor
We are impoverished and unable to do good.
Gen 3:5; Jer 17:5; Ps 147:10-11.
It is Satan who teaches us otherwise - Gen 3:5.
We need God to give strength and goodness.
Isa 40:29-31; Jas 4:6; 1 Pet 5:5; Isa 44:3; 55:1; 60:19.

Section 11 - True humility gives God alone the honor
We have only sin; God alone has righteousness to grant us.
We need not deny natural abilities or skills we have,
but must see ourselves rightly. Gal 6:3; Jas 1:22-25.

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