John Calvin: Pastors speak as it were out of Christ’s mouth.

47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'”   Acts 13:47 (ESV)

“Christ is called our Righteousness, because he was the only purging sacrifice, and hath reconciled the Father to us by his death, and did rise again afterward, that, having overcome death, he might purchase for us eternal life.  Therefore the whole substance of our salvation is in Christ’s person; but inasmuch as he worketh by his ministers , by resigning to them his office, he doth also impart with [to] them his titles.  Of this sort is the preaching of the gospel.  He alone was appointed by the Father to be our teacher; but he hath put in his place pastors and doctors, who speak, as it were out of his mouth.  so that the authority remaineth wholly to him, and he is nevertheless heard in his ministers.  Therefore Paul doth fitly apply unto himself the testimony of Isaiah, where he intreateth of the preaching of the gospel.”

 

John Calvin on Acts 13:47 p. 553 “Calvin’s Commentaries Volume XVIII”

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