Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We fear offending God more than punishment

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 16-28 - Certainty of faith in relation to fear
Section 26 - Fear of God and honor of God
We fear God as our Lord, and honor Him as our Father - Mal 1:6.

Section 27 - Childlike and servile fear
Servile fear is just afraid of God's punishing power.
Childlike fear is afraid to offend God, regardless of punishment.
1 John 4:18.

Section 28 - Faith assures us not of earthly prosperity but of God's favor
1 Tim 4:8; Ps 63:3; Rom 8:35-39; Ps 23:4.

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