John Calvin on Limiting Our Understanding of God to His Self-revelation in Scripture

, posted by Ben Henshaw

“Let us beware lest our words and thoughts go beyond what the Word of God tells us…We must leave to God His own knowledge,…and conceive Him as He makes Himself known to us, without attempting to discover anything about His nature apart from His Word.” (Quoted in The Story of Christianity Vol. 2, by Justo L.Gonzalez, pg. 61)

If only John Calvin had followed his own advice and discovered God through His self-revelation alone, rather than positing a secret divine will that contradicts God’s will as revealed in Scripture and making “secret decrees” the foundation of his soteriology, decrees that the Bible nowhere mentions or describes.

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