Our ascent to Christ or Christ’s descent to us?

I've been reading through Keith Mathison's excellent volume, Given for You: Reclaiming Calvin's Doctrine of the Lord's Supper.  This is a fine study of this topic, looking at Calvin's approach to the Lord's Supper from historical-theological, biblical/exegetical, and systematic-theological angles. I found this section to be very helpful.  First, Mathison quotes Calvin: The sharing in… Continue reading Our ascent to Christ or Christ’s descent to us?

John Calvin on the Imputation of an Alien Righteousness

I thought Calvin had some interesting lines on the theological import of the word חשב in Gen 15.5. He clearly taught imputation, paralleling the guilt that is imputed to the wicked (citing Lev 7.18, Lev 17.4, 2 Sam 19.19, 2 Kgs 12.15) with the righteousness that is imputed to those who believe: Just as we… Continue reading John Calvin on the Imputation of an Alien Righteousness

Calvin on providence, humility and recognizing the creator/creature distinction

In preparing for a sermon on Lord's Day 10 of the Heidelberg Catechism, I've spent a little time looking through some of our early Reformed theologians (especially these volumes by Turretin, Ursinus, Ames and Calvin) to get an idea of which issues relating to providence the Reformers believed to be important. When it came to… Continue reading Calvin on providence, humility and recognizing the creator/creature distinction

Calminianism redux?!

I thought that James R. White's popular book, The Potter's Freedom, had already put the nail in the coffin on this one! As a biblical studies student who also (thankfully) has a theological education, I am always floored when biblical scholars chime in on theological discussions from biblicistic and un-nuanced position.  One of the hallmarks… Continue reading Calminianism redux?!

A Gem from Calvin on the Love of God

 This phrase from Calvin's commentary on John 11.5-6 is better than mountians of gold: ...We ought not to judge of the love of God from the condition which we see before our eyes. Amazing.  Memorize that!  I had a few lines typed, but for fear of ruining Calvin's gold, I'll let it stand alone.   shane lems sunnyside… Continue reading A Gem from Calvin on the Love of God