Saturday, August 12, 2023

Calvin: divine deposits for our neighbors

Saturday, August 12, 2023
    Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
    —2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV)
    All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbours.
    ... 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.vii.5, p. 623 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 1:21-22; Gal. 2:9-10; 1 Pet. 3:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, incline my heart towards my neighbors’ needs.
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