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Angels, Calvin, Taylor, and Kelly

I’m trying to read through John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion this year.  Calvin is arguably the best Bible teacher since the times of the Apostles.  The Institutes are not only a treasure of profound, devotional theology but are also classics of Western literature.

Today’s scheduled reading is on the topic of angels.  Few biblical themes have been misconstrued more by common cultural notions than the study of angels.  What struck me most about Calvin’s treatment of angels was the restrained manner in which he handled the topic.  Never wanting to go beyond what the Bible says, Calvin is clear where the Bible is clear and intentionally vague where the Bible is vague.  What a refreshing treatment of such a misunderstood topic.

If you want to read along, you should pick up the Ford Lewis Battles edition of The Institutes.

You can also check out Justin Taylor’s blog post on today’s selection on angels.

While I was reading Calvin I couldn’t help but think back to Dr. Kelly’s opening sermon at the Twin Lakes Fellowship last year on how angels are aids to us.  Surprise, surprise, Dr. Kelly’s sermon was a preached version of this section of Calvin’s Institutes.  You can find that sermon here.


Written by Joe Holland

February 11, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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