By John Calvin, John T. McNeill, Ford Lewis Battles
This is often the definitive English-language variation of 1 of the enormous works of the Christian church. All earlier editions--in Latin, French, German, and English--have been collated; references and notes were proven, corrected, and extended; and new bibliographies were added.The translation preserves the rugged power and vividness of Calvin's writing, but additionally conforms to trendy English and renders heavy theological phrases in uncomplicated language. the result's a translation that achieves a excessive measure of accuracy and even as is eminently readable.Long famous for the standard of its translations, introductions, explanatory notes, and indexes, the Library of Christian Classics offers students and scholars with smooth English translations of a few of the main major Christian theological texts in background. via those works--each written sooner than the top of the 16th century--contemporary readers may be able to interact the information that experience formed Christian theology and the church in the course of the centuries.
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12:5], "if we maintain unity of faith in the bond of peace" [Eph. 4:3]. " [Cf. Heb. ]32 b But we do not imagine that he, kneeling before God, pleads as a suppliant for us; rather, with the apostle we understand he so appears before God's presence that the power of his death avails as an everlasting intercession in our behalf [cf. Rom. 8:34], yet in such a way that, having entered the heavenly sanctuary, even to the consummation of the ages [cf. Heb. ], he alone bears to God the petitions of the people, who stay far off in the outer court.
And prayer" [I Tim. 4:5], at the same time hints that without the word and prayer they are not at all holy and pure for us. ") bAccordingly, David, when he has perceived the Lord's generosity, beautifully declares a "new song" has been put into his mouth [Ps. 40:3]. By this he naturally hints that if we fail to offer him praise for his blessing, our silence is spiteful, since as often as he blesses us he provides us with occasion to bless him. eSo Isaiah also, proclaiming God's singular grace, urges believers to a new and uncommon song [Isa.
39 But if they want to compare with angels saints departed from the present life, they must prove they are ministering spirits to whom is appointed the task of looking after our salvation [Heb. 1:14], to whom was assigned the task of guarding us in all our ways [Ps. 91:11], "who surround us" [Ps. 34:7], who warn us and cheer us, who stand watch for us. All these tasks are assigned to angels but not to saints. e How preposterously they confuse dead saints with angels is amply clear from the very diverse functions whereby Scripture distinguishes one from the other.
Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume 2 by John Calvin, John T. McNeill, Ford Lewis Battles