John Calvin writes one of the best paragraphs you’ll ever read.

“We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ (Acts 4:12). We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else. If we seek salvation we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is ‘of him’ (1 Cor 1.13). If we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing. If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects (Heb 2:17) that he might learn to feel our pain (Heb 5:2). If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross (Gal 3:13); if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgement, in the power given to him to judge. In short, since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain and from no other” (Institutes 2.16.19).

  • rumitoid

    Nicely put. But this is not Calvinism; this is what the spirit reveals to any little child in Christ. Too many Christians assign to Calvin or Luther or Wesley (Oh, my) in their distinct journeys of discovering the truth of Christ as The Word. Even having the enormous hubris to label it as such and call themselves Calvinists or Lutherans or Wesleyans (Oh, my). Very sad.

  • rumitoid

    So, in effect, the best paragraph ever written is in the sum of the chapter and verses noted and not in Calvin’s words. Give credit where credit is due: the Word revealed through spirit.

  • Phil Brown

    Amen brother. Thanks for sharing.