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Pursuing God

I’ve been struck recently in reading through Hosea by Hosea 6:3, where the words “let us press on” to know the LORD can also be translated to “pursue” or to “chase.”

And in doing some studying and writing for an upcoming class I’m teaching, one of the theology books I pulled off of my shelf is John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian religion.

I love his quote on deeper devotion to God and that prompted me to share it here as part of a brief blog.  I hope you enjoy it and that you’re challenged by it.

Calvin calls his readers to complete devotion to the Lord and though the wording sounds strong – Calvin’s nature – I think he writes from a sincere desire to truly love God (John 14:21):

For how can the idea of God enter your mind without instantly giving rise to the thought, that since you are his workmanship, you are bound, by the very law of creation, to submit to his authority? – that your life is due to him? – that whatever you do ought to have reference to him?  If so, it undoubtedly follows that your life is sadly corrupted, if it is not framed in obedience to him, since his will ought to be the law of our lives. 

On the other hand, your idea of his nature is not clear unless you acknowledge him to be the origin and fountain of all goodness.  Hence would arise both confidence in him, and a desire of cleaving to him, did not the depravity of the human mind lead it away from the proper course of investigation.[1]

[1]Calvin, 1.2.3, 41.


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