I've been reading quite a lot in John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion lately - hence, my recent blog-posts with Calvin's quotes. If anyone has had the idea that Calvin was a dry, academic theologian they should think again. I'm finding the Institutes an edifying and worshipful book, more so than most modern Systematic Theologies. Here's a portion that I found in my reading yesterday.
"We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ [Acts 4:12]. . . If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that is 'of him' [1 Cor. 1:30]. 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 [cf. Heb. 5:2]. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemntation; 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 judgment, in the power given 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."
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, II.XVI.19
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