detail: "David with the Head of Goliath", c 1655, by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione.
This post is part of my year long study of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion. To facilitate this course of study, I am following along with Princeton University's "A Year with the Institutes", which also includes an audio reading of the text.
Calvin's Institute: 1.10.1-3
To be completely forthright, I have struggled with the first two sections of this particular reading. For some reason, the light bulb has not gone on.
In spite of that, I am pressing forward and will seek the enlightened mind(s) of some kind reader of this blog.
Calvin has thus far pointed out that the knowledge of God is clearly set forth in creation, and his creatures. Furthermore, he has shown that the Scriptures makes this knowledge of God, far more "intimate and vivid".
Here he seems to ask, "Who is God, as revealed to us, before Christ, and apart from Israel?"
Is Calvin saying that God is so holy, that we cannot look upon him, and furthermore, the only right way to imagine holy God is in his actions toward us, and not to attempt to imagine him as he is to himself?
Calvin concludes this section by making it clearly known that God, through the Scriptures "distinctly excludes and rejects all the gods of the heathen".
This section also brings to mind my further ignorance. Where there any elect, outside of Israel, prior to Christ's first coming? Furthermore, why does Calvin pose this view of God in this fashion?
I am all ears to any enlightened saint!