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“The universal fabric of the world” by John Calvin

“In the first place the Lord declares Himself to be the God who, having created heaven and earth, spread His grace and limitless bounty over the whole human race. Yet He has never for a moment ceased to nourish and support believers, and to sustain them with His special grace; in return He has been known and honoured by them.

By the same token He has, in the history of every age, demonstrated in a painting, so to speak, how unfailing is His goodness to believers, with what providence He watches over them, how read He is to do good to them, how mightily He aids them, how fervently He loves them, how patiently He bears with their faults, with what Fatherly gentleness He punishes them, and how He forever keeps His promises to them.

By contrast we see how severe is His wrath is kindled, and with what power His hand confounds and scatters them. This portrayal accords most closely with what we said was revealed in the universal fabric of the world.”

–John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion (trans. Robert White; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1541/2014), 27.

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“The wonderful exchange” by John Calvin

“We may dare assure ourselves that eternal life, of which He is the heir, is ours; and that the Kingdom of Heaven, into which He has already entered, can no more be cut off from us than from Him; again, that we cannot be condemned for our sins, from whose guilt He has absolved us, since He willed to take them upon Himself as if they were His own.

This is the wonderful exchange which, out of His measureless benevolence, He has made with us, that, by His descent to earth, He has prepared an ascent to heaven for us; that, by taking on our mortality, He has conferred His immortality upon us; that, accepting our weakness, He has strengthened us by His power; that, receiving our poverty unto Himself, He has transferred His wealth to us; that, taking the weight of our iniquity upon Himself (which oppressed us), He has clothed us with His righteousness.”

–John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, John T. McNeill, ed, Ford Lewis Battles, trans, Library of Christian Classics (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960 [1559]), 4.17.2., p. 1362.

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