Our whole salvation and all its parts

2 Jan

“We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ. (Acts 4:12) We should therefore take care not to derive the least portion of it from anywhere else. If we seek salvation, we are taught by the very name of Jesus that it is from him. (1 Corinthians 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 (Hebrews 2:17) that he might learn to feel our pain (cf. Hebrews 5:2). If we seek redemption it lies in his passion, if acquittal in his condemnation, if remission of the curse, in his cross (Galatians 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 resurrection; if immortality in the same, if inheritance of the Heavenly kingdom, in his entrance into heaven, if untroubled expectation of judgment, in the power given to 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 no other.”

John Calvin

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