By Calvin, John
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See also K e m p e r Fullerton, Prophecy and Authority, ch. 7. 39 But see on J e r . 3 6 : 4 - 6 , 28, a n d Dowey, op. , p p . 90 f. 34 GALVIN: COMMENTARIES Ezek. , Ezek. 14:4). Inerrancy is not for Calvin the basis for the authority of Scripture. Calvin uses the doctrine of inspiration against the Church of Rome. 40 The Bible is the Word of God as over against the word of man as found in the papacy. His contention is that the Spirit spoke by the prophets and not by the pope or the Roman Church.
The Spirit did not open to him the c'secret counsel" of God, because in fact Scripture itself confronted him with this secret counsel, rather than removed its secrecy. Faith, therefore, could not, any more than reason, penetrate to a knowledge of God as he is in himself. Faith was a gift of God whose main function was to create in man a certain knowledge of God's goodness toward us. The miracle of faith was the miracle of joy in the midst of suffering. The knowledge of God given by the Word and the Spirit was a knowledge which occurred and became established with the joy of partaking in the cross of Christ.
Again we regret leaving this preface out! The title at the head of Calvin's preface appeared at the beginning of Bibles and New Testaments printed in Geneva and elsewhere after 1543. The present text, from the Opera, C. R. 9, pp. , contains additions Calvin made after 1534. INTRODUCTORY SELECTIONS FROM CALVIN 59 goodness had bestowed upon him, God began to hold man in abhorrence and disavowed him as his handiwork. Since he had put man there and ordained [his life] for his own enjoyment and pleasure in him, as a father with his beloved child, He now held him in contempt and abomination.
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