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According to God’s Perfect Measure

From the desk of John Calvin:

“In a way, the futile excuses many people use to cover their superstitions are demolished. They think it is enough to have some sort of religious fervor, however ridiculous, not realizing that true religion must be according to God’s will as the perfect measure; that He can never deny Himself and is no mere spirit form to be changed around according to individual preference.” (Institutes of the Christian Religion)

None but Christ

It has pleased the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost that in Christ should all fullness dwell. Into his hands all things would be given. Ralph Erskine writes:

“The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.” (John 3:35)

All things are given to him [Christ] with the solemnity of a promise; such as, Psalm 72:8-11, “His dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” To the same purpose, Psalm 89:24, 25, “But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him; and in my name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.” Yea, all things are given into his hand with the solemnity of an oath, Psalm 89:34, 357 94 MY covenant will I not break, nor alter the word that hath gone out of my mouth; once have I sworn by my holiness, I will not lie unto David.” Psalm 110:4-7, “The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, thou art a Priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek, &c.; not only so, but a King, for ever, upon a throne, ruling over all things; “The Lord, at thy right hand, shall strike through kings in his wrath; he shall judge among the heathen; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the head over many countries.” This vast treasure, then, is well secured. . . .

He [Christ] is the centrical [center] place, not only the middle person of the glorious Trinity, but also the Mediator between God and man, that all things between God and man, they might have all things common between them, for his own glory and their good. Read concerning this, Eph. 1. 10, “That he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are in earth, even in him.” All things good and bad may be said to be given into his hand; all evil things, such as, the devil, the world, and sin, and death, that they may be ruled and overruled; and all good things, that they may be managed and secured. All our enemies are put in his hand, that they may be destroyed; and all our blessings put in his hand, that they may be preserved. None but Christ was capable of such a trust; no mere creature, among men or angels, was capable to bear this glory; “It is he that builds the temple of the Lord, and bears the glory,” Zech. 6:13. None but he was capable to be the disposer of all needs and dispenser of all blessings: therefore he is made the general receiver of all things. (“Heaven’s Grand Repository”)

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