Friday, June 17, 2011

The Gospel is the Word of Life

"To all those who love Christ and his gospel," John Calvin writes:

"Without the gospel everything is useless and vain; without the gospel we are not Christians; without the gospel all riches is poverty, all wisdom folly before God; strength is weakness and all the justice of man is under the condemnation of God.  

But by the knowledge of the gospel we are made children of God, brothers of Jesus Christ, fellow townsmen with the saints, citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, heirs of God with Jesus Christ. By whom the poor are made rich, the weak strong, the fools wise, the sinners justified, the desolate comforted, the doubting sure and slaves free.  The gospel is the Word of life."

From John Calvin's preface to Pierre-Robert Olivetan's 1535 translation of the Bible

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