Friday, May 8, 2009

He First Loved Us

Institutes of the Christian Religion (1559) - John Calvin
Book 2 - God the Redeemer
Chapter 16 - How Christ Accomplished our Redemption
His Death, Resurrection and Ascent into Heaven

Sections 1-4 - Alienated by God, who yet loved us, we are reconciled by Christ
Section 1 - The Redeemer
The name Jesus means salvation, Savior - Matt 1:21; Acts 4:12.
Our salvation vanishes when we leave Him.
We now examine HOW He saved us.

Section 2 - The awareness of God's wrath makes us thankful for His loving act in Christ
God favored us before He gave His Son, or He wouldn't have given Him.
Yet He was at enmity with, and estranged from, us, too.
Rom 5:10; Gal 3:10, 13: Col 1:21-22.
We must know both, to be grateful for God's mercy, in Christ.

Section 3 - God's wrath against unrighteousness;
His love precedes our reconciliation in Christ
God loves us before He saves us. 1 John 4:19.
He cannot receive us until He redeems us.
Only in Christ do we escape our sins being counted against us.

Section 4 - Atonement derives from God's love; it has not established His love
He loved us from before the world was made, so He sent His Son to die for us.
Eph 1:4-5; John 3:16; Rom 5:8.
God hated what sin we had made, while loving us - what HE had made.

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