God the Creator
A portion of Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion
This is Book One of a four-book series based on Calvin’s magnificent volumes: Institutes of the Christian Religion – the original Magnum Opus of Christian Theology. Calvin clearly shows how God is the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the world and everything within it. He reveals God as the sovereign and omnipotent Ruler of the universe.
“I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth…”, begins an ancient Christian creed. It must be known by all men, though few understand it, that our natural corruption and sinfulness has stifled and corrupted our knowledge of God and His role as Creator. Calvin discusses the manifestations of God in both nature and Scripture, and shows how God exists in three distinct persons while being One God: the Holy Trinity.
He shows how the fall of man has led to spiritual blindness and confusion. He discusses the image of God in man, in which we were created, our original free will and righteousness, but showing how mankind has strayed from God’s original intentions. The book concludes with a full discussion of Divine providence.
Charles Spurgeon said of Calvin: “The longer I live, the clearer does it appear that John Calvin’s system is the nearest to perfection.”