n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - John Calvin - Verbi Divini Minister : research article

Volume 66, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
  • E-ISSN: 2304-8557



John Calvin - Verbi Divini Minister

Ministering the Word of God was a first priority for John Calvin. Through researching his frequent references to the ministry in his sermons and Bible commentaries, it was possible to arrive at a better understanding of his views on the office of pastor and teacher (pastor et doctor). Although the ministry is no imperium, the people of God should honour the servants of Christ on the ground of the dignity of their Master. The ministry is a servitude, but not without authority, so that by it the glory of God may excel among his people and in the world. This is also the ultimate goal of the minister's preaching, and to this end it should be clear and to the point. This article particularly pursues Calvin's views on the requirements for a sound proclamation of the Gospel. It is argued that Calvin's particular consideration of the broader context of a biblical passage in his exegesis points to the fact that he had already established the sound hermeneutic rule of ascertaining the intention of the author and the understanding of the first readers to get to the true meaning. Thus, in his preaching the application of Biblical truths was topical and to the point.

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