Calvin begins to lay a clear case from Scripture about the proofs contained within its text, that establish the credibility of Scripture. Especially poignant at the start of this chapter in 1.8.1 he writes, “What wonderful confirmation ensues when, with keener study, we ponder the economy of the divine wisdom, so well ordered and disposed; the completely heavenly character of its doctrine, savoring of nothing earthly; the beautiful agreement of all the parts with one another — as well as such other qualities as can gain majesty for the writings.” (pg. 82) There is no literary work in all of antiquity that has the breath of the Divine infused within its pages like the Scriptures.

Calvin points to the content of Scripture, the antiquity of Scripture, the example of Moses, miracles, and fulfilled prophecies to present the proof of the Scriptures credibility. Looking at fulfilled prophecy that defied human expectation, he draws from the stories of Jacob and David to bolster the case that fulfilled prophecy came about by divine intervention and the prophecies were indeed spoken beforehand by divine inspiration. All of these point to the fact that it is God who speaks through His Word.

Lord, let me ponder and study the economy of the divine wisdom contained in the Word, and as I dwell upon the riches of what You have spoken, let faith arise and cause me to lose my taste for what is earthly and temporal and hunger for the eternal.