Friday, January 10, 2014

A Voice from the Past - Calvin

Being admitted to participation in him, though we are still foolish, he is our wisdom; though we are still sinners, he is our righteousness; though we are unclean, he is our purity; though we are weak, unarmed, and exposed to Satan, yet ours is the power which has been given him in heaven and in earth, to bruise Satan under our feet, and burst the gates of hell (Matth. xxviii. 18); though we still bear about with us a body of death, he is our life; in short, all things of his are ours, we have all things in him, he nothing in us. On this foundation, I say, we must be built, if we would grow up into a holy temple in the Lord.

John Calvin, 1509-1564, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book III, Chapter XV, 5 (translated by Henry Beveridge, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1975, Vol. 2, p. 94)

How would knowing this affect how we look at ourselves? How would it affect how we live our lives?

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