The Certainty of His Word

Much of my reading this weekend in Calvin’s Institutes has focused on scripture. In addition to Calvin’s compelling defense for scripture’s veracity, he writes this:

For the Lord has so knit together the certainty of his word and his Spirit, that our minds are duly imbued with reverence for the word when the Spirit shining upon it enables us there to behold the face of God; and, on the other hand, we embrace the Spirit with no danger of delusion when we recognise him in his image, that is, in his word.

–John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book I, Chapter IX, Section 3

He makes two astounding points. First, this most wonderful thought: that by the help of his Spirit, we can behold his face in his word! I pray that he will grant me eyes to see him today. Second, this terrible thought: that we are under a delusion when we attempt to know God (or any truth about him) in a source other than his word.  We are certain to find him in the pages of scripture.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

3 Comments on “The Certainty of His Word

  1. I’m thinking about posting a quote from each day’s reading–I want to share this with anyone who will listen/read!! What do you think? Too much??

    The truth is, every day’s reading brings something significant to mull over or rejoice in!

    Are you reading a chapter a day, like me–or just reading each day? the last time I read voraciously and I think it was just too much to absorb. I’m enjoying reading at a slower pace, taking time to really think about what I’m reading.


    • Thanks for commenting! I’m reading one chapter a day. It’s true that every day brings something significant to mull over. Twittering a quote every morning has been a good outlet for me. But I don’t think it’s too much to put a quote on your blog every day. After all, it’s your blog, right? I think the people who won’t bother with trying to read Calvin would probably appreciate a “best of the chapter” quote from him every morning. One word of caution: don’t let searching for a good quote every day suck the joy out of reading.


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