Monday, May 27, 2019

Calvin: faith secure

Monday, May 27, 2019
    Commemoration of John Calvin, renewer of the Church, 1564
Be at rest once more, O my soul,
    for the LORD has been good to you.
    —Psalm 116:7 (NIV)
    When we inculcate, that faith ought to be certain and secure, we conceive not of a certainty attended with no doubt, or of a security interrupted by no anxiety; but we rather affirm, that believers have a perpetual conflict with their own diffidence, and are far from placing their consciences in a placid calm, never disturbed by any storms. Yet, on the other hand, we deny, however they may be afflicted, that they ever fall and depart from that certain confidence which they have conceived in the Divine mercy.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.ii.17, p. 507 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 116:7; Jer. 30:10; Matt. 11:28-29; Heb. 4:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me faith to get over the hard parts.
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