Embrace This

Institutes 1.18.3 – 1.18.4

Here are several quotes from Calvin as he continues to talk about the LORD’s will.

… the will of God is not at variance with itself. It undergoes no change. He makes no pretence of not willing what he wills, but while in himself the will is one and undivided, to us it appears manifold, because, from the feebleness of our intellect, we cannot comprehend how, though after a different manner, he will and wills not the very same thing.” (1.18.3)

Since, on account of the dullness of our sense, the wisdom of God seems manifold, (or, as an old interpreter rendered it, multiform) are we, therefore, to dream of some variation in God, as if he either changed his counsel, or disagreed with himself? Nay, when we cannot comprehend how God can will that to be done which he forbids us to do, let us call to mind our imbecility, and remember that the light in which he dwells is not without cause termed inaccessible, (I Tim. 6:16) because shrouded in darkness.” (1.18.3)

What should a believer’s response be when life seems to be at odds with what the Bible teaches about God and His will?

Our true wisdom is to embrace with meek docility, and without reservation, whatever the Holy Scriptures have delivered.”

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