Friday, February 02, 2024

Calvin: the sufficiency of Scripture

Friday, February 2, 2024
    [Peter:] “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
    —Acts 5:32 (NIV)
    Scripture will ultimately suffice for a saving knowledge of God only when its certainty is founded upon the inward persuasion of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, these human testimonies which exist to confirm it will not be vain if, as secondary aids to our feebleness, they follow that chief and highest testimony. But those who wish to prove to unbelievers that Scripture is the Word of God are acting foolishly, for only by faith can this be known.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, I.viii.13, p. 90-91 (see the book)
    See also Acts 5:32; Ps. 143:10; Jer. 6:10; Matt. 22:43; Luke 16:31; 24:45; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:13-16; 1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Gal. 4:6; 5:25; Eph. 1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 John 4:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I pray that You will bring _____ and _____ to faith and trust in You, knowing and understanding the story of Your grace in Scripture.
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