John Calvin. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Book Second. Of the knowledge of God the Redeemer, in Christ, as first manifested to the fathers, under the law, and thereafter to us under the gospel. Table of Contents Subject. Book Second. 1. Through the fall and revolt of Adam, the whole human race made accursed and degenerate. Of original sin. 2. Man now deprived of freedom of will, and miserably enslaved. 3. Every thing proceeding from the corrupt nature of man damnable. 4. How God works in the hearts of men. 5. The arguments usually alleged in support of free will refuted. 6. Redemption for man lost to be sought in Christ. 7. The law given, not to retain a people for itself, but to keep alive the hope of salvation in Christ until His advent. 8. Exposition of the Moral Law. 9. Christ, though known to the Jews under the law, yet only manifested under the gospel. 10. The resemblance between tee Old Testament and the New. 11. The difference between the two Testaments. 12. Christ, to perform the office of Mediator, behoved to become Man. 13. Christ clothed with the true substance of human nature. 14. How two natures constitute the Person of the Mediator. 15. Three things briefly to be regarded in Christ; viz., His Offices of prophet, king, and priest. 16. How Christ performed the office of Redeemer in procuring our salvation. The death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. 17. Christ rightly and properly said to have merited grace and salvation for us. Subject. The First Part of the Apostles' Creed, viz., the knowledge of God the Creator, being disposed of, we now come to the Second Part, which relates to the knowledge of God as a Redeemer in Christ. The subjects treated of accordingly are, first, the Occasion of Redemption, viz., Adam's fall; and, secondly, Redemption itself. The first five chapters are devoted to the former subject, and the remainder to the latter. Under the Occasion of Redemption, the Fall is considered not only in a general way, but also specially in its effects. Hence the first four chapters treat of original sin, free will, the corruption of human nature, and the operation of God in the heart. The fifth chapter contains a refutation of the arguments usually urged in support of free will. The subject of redemption may be reduced to five particular heads: I. The character of him in whom salvation for lost man must be sought, Chap. VI. II. How he was manifested to the world, namely, in a twofold manner. First, under the Law. Here the Decalogue is expounded, and some other points relating to the law discussed, Chap. VII. and VIII. Secondly, under the Gospel. Here the resemblance and difference of the two dispensations are considered, Chap. IX. X. XI. III. What kind of person Christ was, and behaved to be, in order to perform the office of Mediator, viz., God and man in one person, Chap. XII. XIII. XIV. IV. For what end he was sent into the world by the Father. Here Christ's prophetical, kingly, and priestly offices are considered, Chap. XV. V. In what way, or by what successive steps, Christ fulfilled the office of our Redeemer, Chap. XVI. Here are considered his crucifixion, death, burial, descent to hell, resurrection, ascension to heaven, and seat at the right hand of the Father, together with the practical use of the whole doctrine. Chapter XVII. contains an answer to the question, Whether Christ is properly said to have merited the grace of God for us. Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Vol. 2, Pt.1 (continued in part 2...) ---------------------------------------------------- file: /pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-04: cvin2-01.txt .