Friday, November 10, 2023

Calvin: putting them to the test

Friday, November 10, 2023
    Feast of Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, 461
    In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
    —1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)
    Whomever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of his fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil. It is the Heavenly Father’s will thus to exercise them so as to put his own children to a definite test. Beginning with Christ, his first-born, he follows this plan with all his children.
    ... 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.viii.1, p. 629 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 1:6-7; Ps. 26:2-3; 66:10-12; Isa. 48:10; John 1:12-13; 15:18-19; Rom. 5:3-4; 8:38-39; 2 Thess. 1:3-5; Jas. 1:2-3; Rev. 2:10; 3:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen me for Your trials.
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