Certainty Of Faith

But it seems that he throws in a doubt as to salvation, since he reminds them to beware lest they also should not be spared. To this I answer,—that as this exhortation refers to the subduing of the flesh, which is ever insolent even in the children of God, he derogates nothing from the certainty … [Read more…]

Obtaining in Him Real Joy and Hope.

Of what kind then is this fear? As the Lord bids us to take into our consideration two things, so two kinds of feeling must thereby be produced. For he would have us ever to bear in mind the miserable condition of our nature; and this can produce nothing but dread, weariness, anxiety, and despair; … [Read more…]

It belongs not indeed to us to imagine a God

It belongs not indeed to us to imagine a God according to what we may fancy; we ought to possess a right knowledge of him, such as is set forth in his word. And when any one forms an idea of God as good, according to his own understanding, it is not a sure nor … [Read more…]

The connection between the proclamation of election, of which Calvin

The connection between the proclamation of election, of which Calvin speaks, and the reference to Deuteronomy 30:14 is not far-fetched, for Paul also refers to this passage when he speaks in Romans 10:6ff. of the righteousness of faith. What does the righteousness of faith say? “Say not in thy heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? … [Read more…]

Christ, by dying, destroyed death, and by rising again he

Christ, by dying, destroyed death, and by rising again he obtained life in his own power. The benefit of Christ’s death and resurrection is now communicated to us by the gospel: there is then no reason for us to seek anything farther. That it may thus appear, that the righteousness of faith is abundantly sufficient … [Read more…]