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R. 35 : 6 1 7. 4Comm. R. 47 : 1 48. Deinde non sic latebat divina Christi maiestas sub contemptibili et abiecta carnis specie, quin multiplicis fulgoris sui radios emitteret. SComm. on Matt. R. 45 : 490. Calvin suggests that at certain times REVELATION UNDER THE NEW COVENANT I9 The story of the transfiguration, however, would have gained no credence except among those who had witnessed His resurrec­ tion, therefore the three witnesses were warned to keep the vision secret till Christ was risen.

The same self-revealing Lord who showed Himself to the people of Israel in many and varied forms, ceremonies, dreams and visions, confronts us to-day when the Word is preached and the Sacra­ ments administered, and it is to the Word and Sacraments that we must turn if we wish to enter into communion with Him. "! We need no longer expect to have revelation mediated to us by means of angels and visions. A new "perpetual order"2 has been estab­ lished in the Church whereby, instead of sending angels from heaven to be the bearers of His Word, God puts in His place a man like ourselves3-a minister of the Gospel-thus addressing us and exhorting us "that He may more gently draw us to Himself".

36 : 1 90. Redemptio babylonica veluti praeludium juit instaurandae ecclesiae ; cf. on Isa. R. 36 : 1 92. In his comment on Isa. R. 36 : 1 94 , Calvin calls the same deliverance the initium renovationis ecclesiae.

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