The Consensus Tigurinus

-- John Calvin (1549)

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The whole Spiritual regimen of the Church leads us to Christ.

1. Since Christ is the end of the Law, and the knowledge of him comprehends in itself the entire sum of the Gospel, there is no doubt that the whole spiritual regimen of the Church is designed to lead us to Christ; as through him alone we reach God, who is the ultimate end of a blessed (holy) life; and so whoever departs in the least from this truth will never speak rightly or fitly respecting any of the ordinances of God.

A true knowledge of the Sacraments from a knowledge of Christ.

2. Moreover since the Sacraments are auxiliaries (appendices) of the Gospel, he certainly will discuss both aptly and usefully their nature, their power, their office and their fruit, who weaves his discourse from Christ; not merely touching the name of Christ incidentally, but truthfully holding forth the purpose for which he was given to us by the Father, and the benefits which he has conferred upon us.

Knowledge of Christ, what it involves.

3. Accordingly it must be held, that Christ, being the eternal Son of God, of the same essence and glory with the Father, put on our flesh in order that, by right of adoption, he might communicate to us what by nature was solely his own, to sit, that we should be sons of God. This takes place when we, ingrafted through faith into the body of Christ, and this by the power of the Holy Spirit, are first justified by the ________ imputation of righteousness, and then regenerated into a new life, that, new-created in the image of the Heavenly Father, we may put off the old man.

Christ, Priest and King.


How Christ communicated Himself to us.


Communion spiritual. Sacraments instituted.


The Ends of the Sacraments.




The signs and the things signified are not separated, but distinct.


In the Sacraments the promise is chiefly to be kept in view.


The Elements are not to be superstitiously worshiped.


The Sacraments (per se) have no efficacy.


God uses the instrument but in such a way that all the power (virtus) is His.



How the Sacraments confirm.


Not all who participate in the Sacraments partake also of the verity.


The Sacraments do not confer grace.


God's gifts are offered to all: believers alone receive them.


Believers have communion with Christ, before and without the use of the Sacraments.


Grace is not so joined to the act of the Sacraments, that their fruit is received immediately after the act.


Local imagination should be suppressed.


Exposition of the words of the Lord's Supper, "This is my body."


Concerning the eating of the body of Christ.


Against Transubstatiation and other silly conceits.


Christ's body is in heaven as in a place.


Christ is not to be worshipped in the bread.



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