Saturday, July 11, 2009

I John 1:2

(Witness stand)
Devotional using scripture, quote from John Calvin and thoughts for the day each day- on the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth.

NIV- “For the life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.”
Calvin’s translation: (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.) (I John 1:2)

CALVIN: “The life appeared” The sense of this may be twofold, that Christ who is life and the beginning of all life, has appeared; Or that life has been openly offered to us in Christ. The two interpretations are related as cause (former) and effect (latter). When the writer says “shew” (or “proclaim it”) he speaks of the effect. So we see that when Christ is preached the kingdom of heaven is opened to us so that having been raised from the dead we may live to God.
“Which was with the Father” Eternal life has always been with God- for he has always existed and is the fountain of life and has the power to give (vivify) life in his eternal wisdom. The power of God is now spread throughout all created things. In the Old Testament believers depended on the hope of revelation. But we have already had it revealed to us, like it was in our hands. Jesus has been with the Father. This is not a new idea, for He was always with the Father.

Calvin does not downplay experience, and neither should we. If we have experienced God in our lives, we need to pass that experience on. For Calvin, God glorifies Himself in the world and experience. But the revelation of Christ to us is more specific. When we have experienced Christ in our lives, we need to pass that on to another out of love for our fellow human being.

Prayer: Thank you that you did not leave us blind and alone, Lord. You have appeared to us. Help us to testify to your appearance and the difference you make in our lives.

1 comment:

  1. If you want to read about John Calvin from the Jewish perspective and his assault against the true messiah of Israel Marcus Julius Agrippa read Stephan Huller's blog entry at entitled 'the Day of John Calvin the accursed, may his bones be ground into dust.' It will help round your opinion of this accursed man.

    May his bones truly be ground into dust.