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dc.contributor.advisorHolmes, Christopher
dc.contributor.authorMasters, Edward Denby
dc.date.available2019-08-23T02:24:11Z
dc.date.copyright2019
dc.identifier.citationMasters, E. D. (2019). Lifting our Gaze: Election, Eschatology and the Sovereignty of God in John Calvin’s teaching on the Christian Life (Thesis, Master of Theology). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9555en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/9555
dc.description.abstractThis thesis addresses the question of how the church finds its bearings in the present world. From where does the church get guidance? And how is the church’s life shaped? Through engagement with John Calvin, I argue that the church is called to lift its gaze to Christ as it seeks to be faithful in a world marred by sin. The thesis engages with Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion as well as his sermons and his commentary on Ephesians. I explore Calvin’s teaching that through the Scriptures the Spirit corrects our perception and enables us to see reality which is animated by God’s sovereign purposes revealed in Jesus Christ. That said, the doctrine of election which Calvin presents in his exegetical work on Ephesians 1 suggests an inconsistency in his teaching. I argue that Calvin’s doctrine of election is motivated by a pastoral concerns to offer assurance rather than being shaped by the teachings of Scripture. As such, Calvin’s doctrine of election is not Christocentric enough. Although Calvin’s doctrine of election represents an inconsistency in his thought, I argue that other aspects of his teaching offer the resources to redirect our gaze to Christ. Calvin’s teaching on faith and hope bear witness to an eschatological understanding of the sovereignty of God. Faith and hope lift the church’s gaze to the crucified and resurrected Christ and enables the church to see beyond the immediate context to the reality of God’s sovereign purposes in Jesus Christ. Having discussed the eschatological sovereignty of God, I argue that this teaching can help the church to hear and receive the teachings of Ephesians 1. Faith and hope in the crucified and resurrected Jesus orientates the church to God’s purposes in order to take its bearings from God alone. I conclude with comment on the identity and vocation of the church as the eschatological people of God.
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dc.subjectCalvin
dc.subjectelection
dc.subjecteschatology
dc.subjectEphesians
dc.subjectHope
dc.titleLifting our Gaze: Election, Eschatology and the Sovereignty of God in John Calvin's teaching on the Christian Life
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2019-08-23T01:55:27Z
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thesis.degree.disciplineTheology Programme
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Theology
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
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