Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Twofold Knowledge

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
—Psalm 36:7-9

Since the Lord first appears not only in the creation of the world but also in the general doctrine of Scripture—first as a Creator, and then as a Redeemer in Christ—a twofold knowledge of God thus arises. And although our mind cannot conceive of the Divine without worshiping, it will still not be sufficient simply to believe that he is the only Being worthy of adoration and worship unless we are also persuaded that he is the fountain of all goodness, and that we must seek everything in him, and in none but him. 
—John Calvin, Institutes 1.2.1 (alt.)

In your creative power, you are the fountain of life, O God; and in the light of your redemptive power in Christ, I perceive all other light. Amen.