Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559) - John Calvin
Book 2 - God the Redeemer
Chapter 6 - Fallen Man Ought to Seek Redemption in Christ
Section 3-4 - Christ essential to the covenant and to true faith
Section 3 - The faith and hope of the Old Covenant fed upon the promise
Christ is prefigured in the OT wherever solace and deliverance are promised or described.
Habakkuk 3:13; 2 Kings 8:19; Isa 7:14.
Salvation in the OT depended on the kingdom of David.
Isa 55:3-4; Jer 23:56; Ezek 34:23-25; 37:24, 26.
The hope of the godly has always rested in Christ alone.
Hosea 1:11; 3:5; Micah 2:13; Amos 9:11; Zech 9:9.
Section 4 - Faith in God is faith in Christ
We are called to trust the Mediator, Christ - Matt 21:9; John 14:1.
Without a mediator, our faith in God "will gradually disappear."
We can't attain to God's majesty, because we "are like grubs crawling upon the earth."
"Apart from Christ the saving knowledge of God does not stand."
Col 1:15; Rom 10:4; 1 John 2:23.
Jews and Muslims leave the true God, though they claim Him, since they don't have a Mediator.