Calvin – Truth for all time

I recently started Calvin’s wee book Truth for all Time. It is somewhat of an abstract of his institutes, the bare bones of it, as it were. It is filled with gems. Here are a few from the opening chapter.

We should long for [God] with all the affection of our hearts, and not find rest and peace anywhere except in him alone.

[True godliness] embraces his righteousness and detests offending him more than dying.

The will, wicked and full of corrupt affections, hates God’s justice more than anything.

Some challenging words, and some very insightful words into the human condition. In a world that cries out for justice, it must be asked, justice on whose terms? The answer, anyone’s but God’s. In the eyes of the world, God’s justice makes him into a monster, whereas human justice makes one a saviour.


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