Stay On The Path

Institutes 1.6.2 – 1.7.2

Though man has the “seed of religion” implanted in his heart and the wonders of creation that manifest the power and majesty of Creator God to behold, neither are adequate in and of themselves to lead man to a true knowledge of and relationship with God.

Thus, the LORD has “supplement(ed) these common proofs by the addition of His word, as a surer and more direct means of discovering himself” (1.6.1).  Calvin refers to the Word as a “sure testimony, infinitely superior to (the) mere opinion” of vain and presumptuous men (1.6.2). 

Paul commended the Thessalonians with respect to this because they had received “… the word of God’s message … not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, ….” (I Thessalonians 2:13)

When we  “reverently embrace the testimony which God has placed therein to give of himself” (Scripture), “give ear to the word” and become a “disciple of Scripture”, we discover that by It we “better profit” with respect to our knowledge of God. Why so? Because it contains “marks and tokens” that distinguishe the One and True Living God from the “herd of false deities” that have been conjured up by man in his vanity.

Calvin encourages us to pursue the “straight path” of God’s instruction that is contained in His Word so that we might discover and know the character of God, that is, Who He is – the reigning and supreme LORD of all.

Of course, the way to personally and intimately know God is to know His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, by faith, as our personal Savior for the forgiveness of sins.

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” (Jesus – John 14:6)

Calvin concludes this reading by very forcibly stating that no religious or ecclesiastical body or leader can ever dare sit in judgment of the Word. Rather, it is the Word that sits in judgment of  man and religions. (1.7.1)

Let us, then, accept the Word for what it truly is, the divinely inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. And let us read It so that we might hear from and learn of God, study and mediate on It’s words and obey It’s every word and command, for God’s glory and His name’s sake.

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