Friday, February 3, 2017

A Voice from the Past - Calvin

But when at length the Wisdom of God was manifested in the flesh, he fully unfolded to us all that the human mind can comprehend, or ought to think of the heavenly Father. Now, therefore, since Christ, the Sun of Righteousness, has arisen, we have the perfect refulgence of divine truth, like the brightness of noon-day, whereas the light was previously dim.

John Calvin, 1509-1564, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book IV, Chapter VIII, 7 (translated by Henry Beveridge, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1975, Vol. 2, p. 393)

How does Christ show us the Father? In what ways is He incomprehensible?


  1. I think that these in these things Jesus revealed the Father:

    1) The Sermon on the Mount.
    2) Compassion towards "sinners".
    3) Opposition to the outwardly religious.
    4) Discipleship of the twelve.
    5) Love for all people.
    6) The image of God as our Father.

    The idea that he became human is incomprehensible to me. Yet I am glad that he did because, by doing so, he corrected the ways that humans imagined God to be.