Monday, January 15, 2018
Calvin on unbelief (John 6:64a)
But there are some of you that believe not (John 6:64a).
I preached yesterday at CRBC on John 6:59-71. In reading Calvin’s commentary on the passage, I was struck by his analysis of John 6:64a:
….for unbelief, as it is always proud, will never understand any thing in the words of Christ, which it despises and disdains. Wherefore, if we wish to profit at all under this Teacher, let us bring minds well disposed to listen to him; for if the entrance to his doctrine be not opened by humility and reverence, our understandings are harder than stones, and will not receive any part of sound doctrine. And therefore, when in the present day we see so few people in the world profiting by the Gospel, we ought to remember that this arises from the depravity of men. For how many will you find who deny themselves, and truly submit to Christ? As to his saying only that there were SOME who did not believe, though almost all of them were liable to this charge, his reason for doing so appears to have been that, if there were any who were not yet beyond the possibility of cure, they might not cast down their minds in despair.