Blogging the Institutes Updates

Blogging The Institutes

Blog 13: 1.7.3 – 1.8.1

The Christian church is subordinate to the Word of God.  She does not grant the Bible its authority. Divine authority exercised through Scripture comes before the church, it is not established by the church. Calvin here begins to develop a…
Posted January 21, 2009 @ 2:23 PM by Paul Helm

Blog 12: 1.6.2 – 1.7.2

What is the knowledge of God that Scripture makes sense of? Calvin insists that, before it is the knowledge of God the redeemer, Scripture gives us the true knowledge of God our Creator and sustainer. First nature, then grace. The…
Posted January 20, 2009 @ 9:04 AM by Paul Helm

Blog 11: 1.5.12 – 1.6.1

Whether or not Calvin patterns the Institutes after the Letter to the Romans it is pretty clear that at this point he has Romans 1-2 in mind. God manifests his nature, his power and goodness, to all men and women…
Posted January 19, 2009 @ 10:16 AM by Paul Helm

Blog 10: 1.5.6 – 1.5.11

God has revealed himself above and below man, in the cosmos; he has also revealed himself in man, since he is God’s image.  But we might also say that God reveals himself around man in his providential governing of the…
Posted January 16, 2009 @ 9:26 AM by Sinclair Ferguson

Blog 9: 1.5.2 – 1.5.5

The heavens declare God’s glory, and so the astronomer is also a theologian who explores the Book of Nature in which God has inscribed his glory. But “what is man that you care for him?” means that the anatomist who…
Posted January 15, 2009 @ 8:59 AM by Sinclair Ferguson

Blog 8: 1.4.1 – 1.5.1

Man is God’s image. The implanted knowledge of God is universal. Yes, perverted and fragmented by the fall, but still real..  It gives rise to the seed of religion, notes Calvin.  An instinct to praise and worship is inbuilt in…
Posted January 14, 2009 @ 1:00 AM by Sinclair Ferguson

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