Thursday, March 16, 2006

Calvin on Common Grace

"We ought to understand the statement that the Spirit of God dwells only in believers as referring to the Spirit of sanctification through whom we are consecrated as temples to God. The Lord fills, moves, and quickens all things by the power of the same Spirit, and does so according to the character that he bestowed upon each kind by the law of creation. But if the Lord has willed that we be helped in physics, dialectic, mathematics and other like disciplines, let us use this assistance. For if we neglect God’s gift freely offered in these arts, we ought to suffer just punishment for our sloth” (Institutes, pg. 275)

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