Sunday, May 10, 2009

Ponder that Visible Presence of Christ

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 17-19 - Return, and conclusion
Section 17 - "He shall come to judge the living and the dead"
Christ's Kingdom is now "hidden in the earth."
He will return as He came, with angels, to judge everyone, whether currently alive or already dead.
Acts 1:11; Matt 24:30; Matt 25:31-33; 1 Thess 4:16-17; Heb 9:27; 1 Cor 15:51-52; Acts 10:42; 2 Tim 4:1.

Section 18 - The Judge is the Redeemer!
This is great assurance: our only judge already died to remove judgment from us.
Matt 19:28; Rom 8:33-34; John 5:22.
The Head will not scatter His own members.
He seeks to "care for the consciences of His people" with this judgment in hand.

Section 19 - Christ alone in all the clauses of the Creed
Acts 4:12; 1 Cor 1:20.
All we seek, we find in what Christ has done.
"If purity, in His conception; if gentleness... in His birth.... if acquittal, in His condemnation..."

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