Thursday, May 21, 2009

Faith engenders love of God

Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559) - John Calvin
Book 3 - How We Receive the Grace of Christ
Chapter 2 - Faith: Its Definition Set Forth, & Properties Explained

Sections 41-43 - Relation of faith to hope and love
Section 41 - Faith according to Hebrews 11:1
Faith is the substance, a support for us to rest on, of things hoped for.
Rom 8:24.
Love doesn't come first; faith engenders love.

Section 42 - Faith and hope belong together
Faith is the foundation of hope. Hope expects what faith believes.
Rom 8:24; Hab 2:3.
Even when it has to wait a while - Isa 8:17; 2 Pet 3:3, 8; Ps 90:4.

Section 43 - Faith and hope have the same foundation: God's mercy
1 Pet 1:5, 21; Phil 1:20; Heb 11:1; Gal 5:5 all mingle faith and hope together, somewhat.
This is because they have the same foundation and goal: 
God's mercy, not our merit.

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