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