John Calvin, writing in the preface to Pierre-Robert Olivétan’s 1535 translation of the New Testament.

He [Christ] is Isaac, the beloved Son of the Father who was offered as a sacrifice, but nevertheless did not succumb to the power of death.

He is Jacob the watchful shepherd, who has such great care for the sheep which he guards.

He is the good and compassionate brother Joseph, who in his glory was not ashamed to acknowledge his brothers, however lowly and abject their condition.

He is the great sacrificer and bishop Melchizedek, who has offered an eternal sacrifice once for all.

He is the sovereign lawgiver Moses, writing his law on the tables of our hearts by his Spirit.

He is the faithful captain and guide Joshua, to lead us to the Promised Land.

He is the victorious and noble king David, bringing by his hand all rebellious power to subjection.

He is the magnificent and triumphant king Solomon, governing his kingdom in peace and prosperity.

He is the strong and powerful Samson, who by his death has overwhelmed all his enemies.

This is what we should in short seek in the whole of Scripture: truly to know Jesus Christ, and the infinite riches that are comprised in him and are offered to us by him from God the Father. If one were to sift thoroughly the Law and the Prophets, he would not find a single word which would not draw and bring us to him. . . . Therefore, rightly does Saint Paul say in another passage that he would know nothing except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

HT: Tim Keller, via John Starke

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8 thoughts on “Calvin on Christ in All of Scripture”

  1. Wesley says:

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing this. Fills up my heart and leads me to worship.

  2. Kenton says:

    He is certainly the one who surpasses all of them. Curtis Allen gave a talk at the Campus Outreach National Conference last week, and the way he described it was that from Genesis 3:15, every major biblical “hero” was presented as a possible candidate for the one who would finally restore man to God and crush the serpent. But all of them failed to do so. So Jesus is seen in all of them as one who surpasses them.

  3. Hi Justin,

    I tried to leave this as a comment under your post on the Carl Trueman / Chad Trainer Debate that you wrote about on December 14th (but comments are closed). You mentioned being interested in the video of the event. We’ve posted part 1 of the video here:

    http://ironworkschurch.org/saints-and-skeptics/

    Darin Pesnell
    Pastor, Iron Works Church
    Phoenixville, PA

  4. And this is why we love Calvin.

  5. firehawk17 says:

    why is it exactly does one worship Jesus Christ when all jesus was doing was leading people to follow the word of God..

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