Monday, April 27, 2009

Nourishing heavenly hopes with earthly benefits

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

Chapter 11 - The Difference between the Two Testaments
Sections 1-3 - Representation of spiritual blessings by temporal
Section 1 - Stress on earthly benefits which, however, were to lead to heavenly concerns

Section 2 - Earthly promises corresponded to the childhood of the church in the Old Covenant; but were not to chain hope to earthly things
Gal 4:1-2 - the child heir Israel, receiving spiritual promise in earthly form.
Gen 15:1 - God Himself is the reward, the promise.
Ps 73:26; 16:5; 142:5; 133:3.

Section 3 - Physical benefits and punishments as types (pictures)
... of spiritual blessing and judgment to come.

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