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Coram Deo: Daily Meditations on God’s Presence - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Church Authority

Matthew 18:18–20

The church’s ability to liberate people, says John Calvin, is not limited to the restoration of disciplined members to full participation in the congregation. Such liberation is also discharged when elders, according to Scripture, assure repentant people of pardon after sin is confessed. This “awakens in the godly no ordinary confidence, when they hear that their sins are blotted out before God and angels, as soon as they have obtained forgiveness from the Church.”

For further study:

Numbers 11:16–30

The Bible in a year:

Psalms 62–64

Coram Deo from TableTalk Magazine, Matthew Studies. Copyright © 2008 by Ligonier Ministries.