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The Main Thing is The Main Thing is The Main Thing…

Jesus said,”You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me”(Jn 5.39.) If Jesus is not The Main Thing..my faith is a sham! Calvin, (whether you like him or not), was so right. Paul was right, ” Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God….Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord”.(1 Cor. 1)

We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ. We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else. If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is “of him.” If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing. If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects that he might learn to feel our pain. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given to him to judge. In short, since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other. (John Calvin. Inst. 2.16.19)(Emphasis mine)

Michael Daly
January 2010

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January 20, 2010 - Posted by | Thoughts

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