Occupy Your Mind With This

Man is “a rare specimen of divine power, wisdom, and goodness, and containing within himself wonders sufficient to occupy our minds….” This is how Calvin begins “Man As The Loftiest Proof of Divine Wisdom”, the third paragraph in Thursday’s reading of the Institutes.

Calvin quotes from Paul’s sermon to the Athenians in Acts 17:27 where the apostle proclaims that “He is not very far from every one of us.” Calvin then comments that every man has “within himself undoubted evidence of the heavenly grace by which he lives, and moves, and has his being.”

Though “We are His offspring” (Acts 17:28), Calvin concludes that because of man’s concerted efforts to suppress the knowledge of God in their own lives and in the world, “No one, indeed, will voluntarily and willingly devote himself to the service of God unless he has previously tasted His paternal love, and been thereby allured to love and reverence Him.”

“Thank You, LORD, that ‘according to the kind intention”‘and purpose and counsel of Your will, You have taken the initiative, have reconciled me to Yourself through the death of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and have adopted me into Your family. I call You, Father.” (Ephesians 1:9,11; John 15:16; Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:5; Romans 8:15)

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One Comment on “Occupy Your Mind With This”

  1. joeland7 Says:

    Its refreshing to know that there are people taking about the reformation. Thanks

    Joe,

    Thanks for the note and your comment. I would share with you that I am particularly interested in the Scottish Reformation and Scottish preachers. Any in-put about Reformation-related subjects would be appreciated.

    Blessings,
    Scott


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