Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We are not our own

Calvin's Institutes (1559) Book 3 of 4 - How We Receive the Grace of Christ

Chapter 7 - Self-Denial
Sections 1-3
Though God gave the Law to guide us, Romans 12:1-2 is the beginning and clearest summary. We are not our own, so cannot seek our own desire - 1 Cor 6:19; Rom 14:8. Our reason does not rule us (Eph 4:23); God's Word does. We put away our "yearning to possess, the desire for power, and the favor of men" when we realize that "it is with God he has to deal throughout his life." Matt 16:24; 2 Tim 3:2-5. There is "no other remedy" for the world of vices in us (Matt 6:2, 5, 16; 21:31), than to deny ourselves, and seek what God wants of us, only because He wants them. We must (Titus 2:11-14) renounce ungodliness and worldly lusts (1 John 2:16; Eph 2:3; 2 Pet 2:18; Gal 5:16), and strive for righteousness (Rom 13:7). Remembering the hope of Christ's appearing (Titus 2:14) we "travel as pilgrims in this world."

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