Calvin at His Best

“We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ.  We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it anywhere else.  If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is ‘of him.’  If we seek any 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…  If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross; if sanctification, 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 inheritance of the heavenly kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessing, in his kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given him to judge.  In short, since rich store of every kind of good bounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.”

John Calvin “Institutes” 2.16.19

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