Pastor Tyler Horton

July 2009

Premeditating on Justice

"All the more needful is it for us to have premeditated upon the justice of God in the long run, in order that when He afflicts us we may always remain humble enough to acknowledge what He is: namely, just and blameless." (46)   The point that Calvin is working at here is that when we get into trials like what Job went through we seem to do all the things we know we shouldn't do. We know that God is just and right and merciful but our 'passions' carry us away to question and dispute against God. The answer to this is to have premeditated on the justice of God before the trials come. We always seem to have too high an opinion of ourselves and we truly need to recognize our true state. Trials need to be prepared for because we are prone to question God and to doubt His justice. It is easy for us to think that we will be fine and that we aren't like the people who struggle like this but it is also foolish. We are made of...

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Loving Chastisement

"And so, the greatest misfortune that can happen to us is whn God lets us welter in our own iniquities; for then we must needs rot away in them in the end." "For if their fathers and mothers do not chastise (young children), they send them to the gallows." "Therefore He must, to show Himself a Father toward us, be rough with us, seeing we are of so sturdy a nature that if He should deal gently with us, we would not be able to profit by it." These three quotes are from a sermon on Job 5:17-18 from John Calvin.  I have been reading through a collection of his sermons as this year is the 500th anniversary of his birth.      The point of the sermon (and the verses) is to show that the one whom God chastises is blessed.  Calvin's point here is that one of the ways in which the chastised one is blessed is that God's chastisement is for our good.  We are so stubborn in our sin and rejection of God that if...

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