Saturday, October 03, 2020

Calvin: the hope that sustains

Saturday, October 3, 2020
    Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896
    Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958
    Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
    —Jude 1:21 (NIV)
    But as many things entice us to apostasy, so that it is difficult to keep us faithful to God in the end, [Jude] calls the attention of the faithful to the last day. For the hope of that alone ought to sustain us, so that we may at no time despond; otherwise, we must necessarily fail every moment.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles [1551], tr. J. Owen, Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1855, p. 447 (see the book)
    See also Jude 1:21; Lam. 3:25-26; Matt. 24:42; 2 Tim. 4:8; Tit. 2:12-14; Rev. 22:20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You must lift my eyes to the Cross.
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