Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I0128-Magnificent Defense of the Authority of Scripture
Josh, emailed me the following:
In reading the Institutes I have especially appreciated Calvin's biblical, magnificent defense of the authority of scripture. He is quite bold and writes powerfully.
Here is a collage of my favorite statements defending the authority of scripture from recent reading.
"We have no great certainty of the word itself, until it be confirmed by the testimony of the Spirit" 1.9.3 2nd para
"our conviction of the truth of Scripture must be derived from a higher source than human conjecture, judgments, or reason; namely, the secret testimony of the Spirit. . .
Some worthy persons feel disconcerted, because, while the wicked murmur with impunity at the Word of God, they have not a clear proof at hand to silence them, forgetting that the Spirit is called an earnest and seal to confirm the faith of the godly, for this reason, that, until he enlightens their minds, they are tossed to and fro in a sea of doubts. 1.7.4 paras 1,2
"...John, again, fulminating in majesty, strikes down more powerfully than any thunderbolt the petulance of those who refuse to submit to the obedience of faith. 1.8.11
"Read Demosthenes or Cicero, read Plato, Aristotle, or any other of that class: you will, I admit, feel wonderfully allured, pleased, moved, enchanted; but turn from them to reading of the sacred volume, and whether you will or not it will so affect you, so pierce your heart, so work its way into your very marrow, that, in comparison of the impression so produced, that of orators and philosophers will almost disappear; making it manifest that in the sacred volume there is a truth divine, a something which makes it immeasurably superior to all the gifts and graces attainable by man. 1.8.1