Calvin Fridays: Bound to the Son

John Calvin 2

“…if you contemplate yourself, that is sure damnation. But since Christ has been so imparted to you with all his benefits that all his things are made yours, that you are made a member of him, indeed one with him, his righteousness overwhelms your sins; his salvation wipes out your condemnation; with his worthiness he intercedes that your unworthiness may not come before God’s sight. Surely this is so: We ought not to separate Christ from ourselves or ourselves from him. Rather we ought to hold fast bravely with both hands to that fellowship by which he has bound himself to us.”- John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 570.

Union with Christ is THE assurance of the believer. This has been harped on elsewhere, but what else is there to focus on? I, and many others, get so overwhelmed with thoughts of our own insufficiency and unworthiness. I let sin so easily wash over me, and when i do struggle, i find it unbearable when i dwell on myself. There is only condemnation here. But let our minds be turned to Christ! Let us find in our union with Him confident assurance and unassailable hope. For His righteousness has been imputed, credited to our account, to us so as to submerge our sins underneath its whelming surge. His Spirit has been given to us, to assure us that work is being done in us to purge the evil still remaining. Jesus’ death and resurrection have laid hold of a firm salvation for us that dispels any condemnation that can be brought against us. Let us find in our union with Christ the strength and endurance to throw off the remaining sin in our lives, to pursue Him with relentless devotion. Let not a moment go by where our thoughts are not turned to the riches of our glorious union with the Son of God, and let not a second pass where we are not brought low with thoughts of our own insufficiency, but let our spirits be exalted with thoughts of His all sufficiency. We proclaim with the apostle Paul, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose,” (Gal. 2:20-21). We have been bound to the Son with chains unbreakable.

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