At the beginning of 2021, I resolved to read not only through the Bible but also through Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. A month and a half in and I came across my favorite section thus far. Book I, chapter xiv, section 4 has the subject heading “we should not indulge in speculations concerning the angels, but search out the witness of Scripture.” Though this section falls within the angelology heading of systematic theology, there is much that can be gleaned from it and is indeed a precious gem in the doctrine of sola scriptura.
“Let us not take it into our heads either to seek out God anywhere else than in his Sacred Word, or to think anything about him that is not prompted by his Word, or to speak anything that is not taken from that Word... Men’s minds, when they indulge their curiosity, enter into a labyrinth.”
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, I.xiii.21