Monday, December 01, 2014

Calvin: a new will

Monday, December 1, 2014
    Commemoration of Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916
    Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
    —2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
    The Holy Spirit teaches us in Scripture, that our mind is smitten with so much blindness, that the affections of our heart are so depraved and perverted, that our whole nature is so vitiated, that we can do nothing but sin, until he forms a new will within us.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles [1551], tr. J. Owen, Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1855, p. xvii (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 5:17; Ps. 14:2-3; Rom. 3:10-18,23; 7:18; 8:13-14; Eph. 2:1-5; Tit. 3:3-7; 1 Pet. 4:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, hasten the growth of the new spirit within me.
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