Calvin poem.

I recently read this poem from John Calvin. It quieted my heart and made me think. I encourage you to slowly read this and drink it into your soul. Allow the Lord to refresh you through the words of Calvin.

Without the gospel

        everything is useless and vain;

without the gospel

        we are not Christians;

without the gospel

        all riches is poverty,

        all wisdom is folly before God;

        strength is weakness,

        and all the justice 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 sinner justified,

                the desolate comforted,

                the doubting sure,

                and slaves free.

It is the power of God for the salvation of all those who believe.

It follows that every good thing we could think of or desire is to be found in

this same Jesus Christ alone.

For, he was

        sold, to buy us back;

        captive, to deliver us;

        condemned, to absolve us;

he was

        made a curse for our blessing,

        a sin offering for our righteousness;

        marred that we may be made fair;

he died for our life; so that by him

        fury is made gentle,

        wrath appeased,

        darkness turned into light,

        fear reassured,

        despisal despised,

        debt canceled,

        labor lightened,

        sadness made merry,

        misfortune made fortunate,

        difficulty easy,

        disorder ordered,

        division united,

        ignominy ennobled,

        rebellion subjected,

        intimidation intimidated,

        ambush uncovered,

        assaults assailed,

        force forced back,

        combat combated,

        war warred against,

        vengeance avenged,

        torment tormented,

        damnation damned,

        the abyss sunk into the abyss,

        hell transfixed,

        death dead,

        mortality made immortal.

In short,

        mercy has swallowed up all misery,

        and goodness all misfortune.

For all these things which were to be the weapons of the devil in his battle

against us, and the sting of death to pierce us, are turned for us into

exercises which we can turn to our profit.

If we are able to boast with the apostle, saying, O hell, where is thy

victory? O death, where is thy sting? It is because the Spirit of Christ

promised that we live no longer, but Christ lives in us; and we are by

the same Spirit seated among those who are in heaven, so that for us,

the world is no more, even while our conversation is in it; but we are

content in all things, whether country, place, condition, clothing, and

all such things.

And we are

        comforted in tribulation,

        joyful in sorrow,

        glorying under vituperation,

        abounding in poverty,

        warmed in our nakedness,

        patient against evils,

        living in death.

This is what we should in short seek in the whole of Scripture: truly to know Jesus Christ, and the infinite riches that are comprised in him and offered to us by him from God the Father.


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