Bags of Bran

But I’m Justification!
April 7, 2015, 10:14 pm
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Commenting on James 1:19, John Calvin says:

Having then set before us the goodness of God, he shews how it becomes prepared to receive the blessing which he exhibits towards us. And this doctrine is very useful, for spiritual generation is not a work of one moment. Since some remnants of the old man ever abide in us, we must be necessarily through life renewed, until the flesh be abolished; for either our perverseness, or arrogance, or sloth, is a great impediment to God in perfecting us in his work.

Calvin, Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles, 293.

It’s refreshing to read a commentator who has not been bitten by the “spiritual generation is a work of one moment” bug, and can admit that we yet contain things like “perverseness, or arrogance, or sloth,” and that these moral defects of character could, even in a universe where God is sovereign, be “a great impediment to God in perfecting us in his work.”


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