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God Revealed in Creation
Posted April 09, 2018 by Judson Marvel

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Friends,

Our next gathering is this Saturday, April 14 at 6:30am.  We'll discuss Book I, Chapters 6-9.

Previously, we looked at Book I, Chapter 5 in which Calvin addresses the question of how we know about God.  In particular, Calvin states we know God because of sense of religion implanted in all of us.  This follows up with his previous chapters.

He devotes more time to our knowledge of God through the work of creation and the governance of creation.  The purpose of this knowledge is "not only to arouse us to the worship of God but also to awaken and encourage us to the hope of the future life."  

Threading through this chapter, however, Calvin asserts the vanity of such knowledge.  We turn ungratefully against God.  We confuse creation with the Creator.  Yet, we cannot fault God because "the fault of dullness is within us."  Calvin does not deny the workmanship of the universe that shows the glory of its creator.  He lays the problem at our feet.  The seed of knowledge is corrupt.  Thus, Calvin ends the chapter echoing Paul's words in Romans 1:18-32.  We are without excuse.

 


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