10 July 2013

Happy Birthday, John Calvin

Today is the 504th birthday of reformer John Calvin. Though today we remember his earthly birth, it seems fitting, in light of Calvin's life, to look at some of his words just prior to his death. As Dr. Steven Lawson records for us in his book, The Expository Genius of John Calvin, the reformer penned these words as part of his last will and testament only a month before he would step into glory and finally see his Savior face to face:
In the name of God, I, John Calvin, servant of the Word of God in the church of Geneva, . . . thank God that He has shown not only mercy toward me, His poor creature, and . . . has suffered me in all sins and weaknesses, but what is much more, that He has made me a partaker of His grace to serve Him through my work. . . . I confess to live and die in this faith which He has given me, inasmuch as I have no other hope or refuge than His predestination upon which my entire salvation is grounded. I embrace the grace which He has offered me in our Lord Jesus Christ and accept the merits of His suffering and dying, that through them all my sins are buried; and I humbly beg Him to wash me and cleanse me with the blood of our great Redeemer, . . . so that I, when I shall appear before His face may bear His likeness. Moreover, I declare that I endeavored to teach His Word undefiled and to expound Holy Scripture faithfully, according to the measure of grace which He has given me.

As quoted in Steven J. Lawson, The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Kindle Edition, 17.
Lawson further writes of Calvin:
It is appropriate that Calvin's last words—"How long, 0 Lord?"—were the words of Scripture. He literally died quoting the Bible he preached, having expended himself in the work and will of God, faithful to the very end.
May we all be found so faithful.

Further Reading
John Calvin's Birthday Institutes Giveaway! (Closet Calvinist)
John Calvin on the Spirit and the Word
Reformation Must Begin in the Pulpit

1 comment:

  1. Easily one of the best theologians if not the best in terms of the depth of expounding the currents of truth in the river of life - The Word of God.
    Thank you John.



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