Distinguishing between the Spiritual Kingdom and the Political Kingdom (Calvin)

Near the end of John Calvin's excellent discussion on the freedom of conscience (Christian liberty) in the Institutes, he talks about the Christian's relationship to the state (or government).  First, Calvin firmly emphasizes Galatians 5.1 (for freedom Christ has set you free...) against Rome's unbiblical binding of the conscience with all sorts of regulations not …

Calvin’s Last Will and Testament

Here's a beautiful section of John Calvin's last will and testament. It was recorded by one of Geneva's notaries, Peter Chenalat, on April 25, 1564. Theodore Beza included it in his brief biography of Calvin, who died at age 50, one month after recording this will and testament. "...In the name of the Lord, Amen. …

The Conduct Our Master Commands (Calvin)

In 1558 John Calvin wrote a letter to Nicholas Zirkinden, a friend of his. Zirkinden had criticized Calvin for being too rigid and severe in his writing and meetings. Calvin admitted that Zirkinden had a point: I confess that I am irritable, and though this vice displeases me, I have not succeeded in curing myself …

On Loving Others… All Others! (Calvin)

It's probably safe to say that all Christians know that Christ calls us to love our neighbors - including our enemies (Mt. 5:43-44). In many places Scripture says we must love others. It's pretty clear and straightforward. Loving others means being kind to them, not slandering them, praying for them, and helping them when the …

A Prayer for Christian Unity (Calvin)

Here's an excellent prayer by John Calvin for genuine Christian unity. As we look forward to corporate worship on the Lord's Day tomorrow, may this be our prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that as we are so scattered in our pilgrimage in this world, that even a dreadful spectacle is presented to our eyes, when we …

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