Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Coffee With Calvin

John 1:16

True Abundance

He begins now to preach about the office of Christ—that it contains within itself an abundance of all blessings—so that no part of salvation must be sought anywhere else. True, indeed, the fountain of life, righteousness, virtue, and wisdom is with God; but to us it is a hidden and inaccessible fountain. But an abundance of those things is exhibited to us in Christ, so we may be permitted to have recourse to him; for he is ready to flow to us, provided that we open up a channel by faith.

He declares in general that out of Christ we ought not to seek anything good, though this sentence consists of several clauses.

First, he shows that we are all utterly destitute and empty of spiritual blessings; for the abundance which exists in Christ is intended to supply our deficiency, to relieve our poverty, to satisfy our hunger and thirst.

Secondly, he warns us that, as soon as we have departed from Christ, it is ill vain for us to seek a single drop of happiness, because God hath determined that whatever is good shall reside in him alone. Accordingly, we shall find angels and men to be dry, heaven to be empty, the earth to be unproductive, and, in short, all things to be of no value if we wish to be partakers of the gifts of God in any other way than through Christ.

Thirdly, he assures us that we shall have no reason to fear the want of anything, provided that we draw from the fullness of Christ, which is in every respect so complete that we shall experience it to be a truly inexhaustible fountain. And John classes himself with the rest, not for the sake of modesty, but to make it more evident that no man whatever is excepted.

Readings taken from Day by Day With John Calvin


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