Thursday, September 21, 2023

Calvin: the genuine insignia

Thursday, September 21, 2023
    Feast of Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
    Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless
    and who does what is righteous,
    who speaks the truth from his heart...
    —Psalm 15:1-2 (NIV)
    The fulfillment of the Lord’s mercy does not depend upon believers’ works, but... he fulfills the promise of salvation for those who respond to his call with upright life, because in those who are directed to the good by his Spirit, he recognizes the only genuine insignia of his children.
    ... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. II, tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.xvii.6, p. 39 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 15:1-2; 143:10; Isa. 33:14-15; Rom. 8:14; Gal. 4:6; 5:16,22-25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit prompts me to goodness.
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