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Proclaiming His Excellencies

1 Peter 2


Ex Libris Alexus Minimus

A commentary from the pastor’s library

There is further, as to these benefits, a contrast between us and the rest of mankind, to be considered: and hence it appears more fully how incomparable is God’s goodness towards us; for he sanctifies us, who are by nature polluted; he chose us, when he could find nothing in us but filth and vileness; he makes his peculiar possession from worthless dregs; he confers the honour of the priesthood on the profane; he brings the vassals of Satan, of sin, and of death, to the enjoyment of royal liberty.

That ye should shew forth, or declare. He carefully points out the end of our calling, that he might stimulate us to give the glory to God. And the sum of what he says is, that God has favoured us with these immense benefits and constantly manifests them, that his glory might by us be made known: for by praises, or virtues, he understands wisdom, goodness, power, righteousness, and everything else, in which the glory of God shines forth. And further, it behoves us to declare these virtues or excellencies not only by our tongue, but also by our whole life. This doctrine ought to be a subject of daily meditation, and it ought to be continually remembered by us, that all God’s blessings with which he favours us are intended for this end, that his glory may be proclaimed by us.

Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (pp. 75–76). Logos Bible Software.



Knowing the Person & Work of the Triune God of the Universe.

How is His Beauty – His Person & Work – displayed in 1 Peter 1:3-5?



Motivation and support to imitate His humanity through the service to others.

As expressed in your daily life, how are your passions and conduct a proclamation of His virtues?



Telling others about His work in your life.

What is the biggest challenge you are facing to proclaim His excellencies? Ask the LORD to remove it!


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