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Re: Post 2017, The Body of Christ on Earth (“Corpus Christi”, John Calvin).

June 25, 2017

The Body of Christ on Earth.
“Corpus Christi” (Body of Christ), John Calvin
February 22, 2014
Foremost for John Calvin, the true living “corpus Christi” or Body of Christ on earth, is the Church Catholic!  Here the Body of Christ is the living instrument on earth of God’s loving purpose and sovereign will. And there is no place in it for any human self-glorification, for in the Church man and humanity is confronted with the absolute sovereignty of God!  And the distinction between the invisible Church and the visible Church, is known or seen in the visible Church. It is by certain signs and symbols that the visible Church is recognized. These are divinely imprinted upon it, so that, in so far as it belongs to us to recognize it, we may do so, (Calvin). In his first edition of the Institutes, Calvin had already stated that in regard to the question of the Church as visible, our judgments do require to have the certitude of faith. Here are to be the judgments of love and true charity!  “We ought to recognize as members of the Church all who by confession of faith, good example in life and participation in the Sacraments, acknowledge the same God and the same Christ as do we.”
But where indeed is this Church today in and under the classic and historical churches, must be left to God ultimately!  But too, here today we can quite see the “apostasy” itself with many also!  The Reformers, as Calvin and Luther, never thought of the Visible Church as entirely destroyed, though the “Wheat” & “Tares” were/are very real!  They both saw the medieval institution, and the true Church quite together. So we must await the Lord Himself, even with members that don’t appear quite so Christlike, as today!  (Jude 1-4 with verses 5 through 14, etc.)  But the true ‘elect church or people’… “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith… keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 20-21)  Surely both ‘Law & Gospel’, the moral law… in and with the Good News, keep the real People and Church of God;  known only to God, btw; until the Eschaton!  (2 Thess. 2: 13-14 / Jude 24-25)
But as we surely approach this last and real Eschaton, the true people of God will become more apparent, as they stand against ‘The world, the flesh and the devil’!  Antichrist, and the antichurch are coming, and more fully so! (Fr. R.)

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