Friday, February 27, 2009

Calvin on John 17:6


I framed this picture of John Calvin and put it right outside my office door. His chin beard is most impressive, don't you think?
As you have probably surmised, I am studying and preaching through John 17, the High Priestly Prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please consider John Calvin's comments about John 17:6 as it relates so closely to what I posted a few days ago-

John 17:6 I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.

Christ declares that the elect always belonged to God. God therefore distinguishes them from the reprobate, not by faith, or by any merit, but by pure grace; for, while they are alienated from him to the utmost, still he reckons them as his own in his secret purpose. The certainty of that election by free grace lies in this, that he commits to the guardianship of his Son all whom he has elected, that they may not perish; and this is the point to which we should turn our eyes, that we may be fully certain that we belong to the rank of the children of God; for the predestination of God is in itself hidden, but it is manifested to us in Christ alone.

3 comments:

Rick Calohan said...

Here are two great online sources for Calvin’s Commentaries

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom.html

and a pdf version can be found here.

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Calvin%20-%20Commentaries.pdf

Of course having the Geneva Bible and Calvin’s Institutes would make a welcome addition in anyone’s library.

Hammons said...

You should grow a foo-man-cho example pic here--

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/36/93385212_d95a7414fa.jpg?v=0

Frontier Forest said...

Thought your insightful Hollywood example of John 17:16, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” about reprobate, Sean Penn not being part of “our world” was powerful! He may have received the “world’s award” for best actor at the 81st Academy Awards annual séance, but we know someday, he will receive “just rewards” for most disgusting actor from our Righteous Heavenly Father.