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, August 13, 2009

Gospel Gathering

John 11:51-52

By saying that Jesus would die, the Evangelist first shows that the whole of our salvation consists in that Christ should assemble us into one; for in this way he reconciles us to the Father, in whom is the fountain of life (Ps. 36:9). Hence, also, we infer, that the human race is scattered and estranged from God, until the children of God are assembled under Christ their Head.

Thus, the communion of saints is a preparation for eternal life, because all whom Christ does not gather to the Father remain in death, as we shall see again under the seventeenth chapter of John. For the same reason, Paul also teaches that Christ was sent, in order that he might gather together all things which are in heaven and in earth (Eph. 1:10).

Wherefore, that we may enjoy the salvation brought by Christ, discord must be removed, and we must be made one with God and with angels, and among ourselves. The cause and pledge of this unity was the death of Christ, by which he drew all things to himself; but we are daily gathered by the Gospel into the fold of Christ.
—John Calvin

Readings taken from Day by Day With John Calvin


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