Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Institutes 1.8.10 – 1.9.2

I really enjoyed Friday’s reading from the Institutes. Calvin’s commentary about the Maccabees’ attempts to “impugn the credibility of Scripture” and the Jew’s, to whom the Law and the Prophets had been given, but made no use of it and thus missed the Messiah, made me think about the many ways that people today malign, discount and ignore the Word.

The fact that no man or power or government has been able to extinguish the flame of God’s Word is surely evidence of the “divine origin” and superintendence of His very own Word.

It’s character and authority is revealed and recorded in the New Testament Gospels and Epistles as the Lord uses the Word to change the lives of and then use men in His service. The examples of the simple and humble men the Lord used as His instruments to pen the Scripure are provided as evidence of the life-changing power of the Word.

Men and women down through the ages have given their lives for the Word and its proclamation, and continue to do so in nations like China and Sudan, because the Spirit has confirmed and sealed the truth of the Word in their hearts. Their conviction has been, and continues to be, that the Word and the Lord that It reveals is worthy of dying for.

The Spirit, promised and given to us, has not come “to form new and unheard -of revelations, or to coin a new form of doctrine, by which we may be led away from the received doctrine of the gospel, but to seal on our minds the very doctrine which the gospel recommends.” (1.9.1)

We must then, both read and hear the Scripture and depend on the Spirit to enlighten and guide our understanding and application of It in a daily lives and relationships.

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