Q. 3. Are not we bound to believe what learned men

Q. 3. Are not we bound to believe what learned men teach us, as points of faith, though the things they teach be not contained in the word of God? A. No; if the things they teach be not contained expressly, or by necessary consequence in the word of God, we are not obliged to … [Read more…]

It belongs not indeed to us to imagine a God

It belongs not indeed to us to imagine a God according to what we may fancy; we ought to possess a right knowledge of him, such as is set forth in his word. And when any one forms an idea of God as good, according to his own understanding, it is not a sure nor … [Read more…]

Now, believing is to be according to the sound of

Now, believing is to be according to the sound of the beginning of the gospel, which presenteth us, not first with Christ as ascended, but as Christ dying, buried, and risen. ‘For I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received; how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; … [Read more…]

The connection between the proclamation of election, of which Calvin

The connection between the proclamation of election, of which Calvin speaks, and the reference to Deuteronomy 30:14 is not far-fetched, for Paul also refers to this passage when he speaks in Romans 10:6ff. of the righteousness of faith. What does the righteousness of faith say? “Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? … [Read more…]

The top and bottom of the matter is, “Believe in

The top and bottom of the matter is, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.” Be nothing; be nobody; and trust HIM. Do not believe in yourself, but believe in Jesus. Have as many good works as you can cram into your life, but never tell anybody about them, or think anything of them. The best … [Read more…]

Christ, by dying, destroyed death, and by rising again he

Christ, by dying, destroyed death, and by rising again he obtained life in his own power. The benefit of Christ’s death and resurrection is now communicated to us by the gospel: there is then no reason for us to seek anything farther. That it may thus appear, that the righteousness of faith is abundantly sufficient … [Read more…]

As your next door neighbour’s house is not hard

As your next door neighbour’s house is not hard to get at, so neither is salvation by the gospel. It is nigh you; it is nigh you now: it will never be nigher than it is at this moment. You may now believe in Christ and live eternally. Difficulty there is none: only believe and … [Read more…]