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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
Print version ISSN 1015-8758

Acta theol. vol.28  suppl.10 Bloemfontein  2008


Le Sainct Esprit a yci pourtrait au vif ... Calvin's understanding of the Holy Spirit's modus operandi in the life of believers in the light of the preface to his Commentary on the Psalms



E. Kayayan

Research Associate, Department of Church History and Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa




The autobiographical details in Calvin's Preface to his Commentary on the Psalms illustrate the modus operandi of the Holy Spirit working out an identification between the authors of the Psalms and the reader. In the Preface, the Psalms are divinely inspired, life-giving words that enhance the experience of the readers similar to the experience lived and expressed by the authors. The testimonium internum Spiritu Sancti is the core of the Preface inasmuch as expressed by means of a necessary process of anatomy and dissection of all the affections of the soul. Since the book of Psalms adequately deals with all that concerns the knowledge of eternal salvation, the modus operandi of the Holy Spirit through the Psalms is the gospel itself.

Keywords: Calvin, Psalms, Commentary on the Psalms, Holy Spirit

Sleutelwoorde: Calvyn, Psalms, Kommentaar op die Psalms, Heilige Gees



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