Friday, May 29, 2015

A Voice from the Past - Calvin

It ought, indeed, to be sufficient for us that the Lord declares himself  to be our protector. But when we see ourselves beset by so many perils, so many injuries, so many kinds of enemies, such is our is our frailty and effeminacy, that we might at times be filled with alarm, or driven to despair, did not the Lord proclaim his gracious presence by some means in accordance with our feeble capacities.For this reason, he not only promises to take care of us, but assures us that he has numberless attendants, to whom he has committed the charge of our safety, - that whatever dangers may impend, so long as we are encircled by their protection and guardianship; we are placed beyond all hazard of evil.

John Calvin, 1509-1564, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 1, Chapter XIV, 11, (translated by Henry Beveridge, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1973, Vol. 1, p. 149)

What influence do angels have in our lives? Is it important for us to know this?

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