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unbelievers are enemies of Christ and the Gospel

"Unbelievers Are Enemies Of Christ And The Gospel. John Calvin: Therefore it did not take away from the main point that Simeon prophesied that Christ was "set forth for the ruin of many in Israel." What it means is that he was divinely ordained to throw down and destroy many. But it should be noted that this ruin happens because unbelievers push against him. This is expressed a little later, when Simeon calls Christ "a sign that is opposed." Therefore, because unbelievers are rebels against Christ, they dash themselves against him, which causes their ruin. This metaphor is based on the target at which shooters aim, as if Simeon had said, "Here the evil of human beings is perceived-the deepest depravity of all human nature-that, as if they had made a great conspiracy, they all roar and cry out against the Son of God." The world would not have reached such a consensus to oppose the gospel if there was not a certain natural disagreement between the Son of God and those people. Their ambition or fury pushes them in different directions, so that factions are split into different parties and a great variety of superstitions separate the idolaters from each other. But even if these enemies of the gospel disagree among themselves, nevertheless they all agree that they oppose the Son of God. For this reason it is truly said that the fact that people speak against Christ everywhere is obvious proof of human depravity. It is a terrible sign that the world should rise up against its creator, but Scripture predicted that this would happen in the future. . ." pg. 63,64 "Luke" NT III Reformation Commentary On Scripture

"[25] And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
[26] And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
[27] And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
[28] Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
[29] Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
[30] For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
[31] Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
[32] A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
[33] And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
[34] And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;
[35] (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:25-35
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