Whatever We Seek, Let Us Find It In His Cross

“Since we see that the whole of our salvation, and all the branches of it, are comprehended in Christ, we must be cautious not to separate him from the smallest portion of it. If we seek salvation, we are taught by the name of Jesus that it is in him; if we seek any other gifts of the Spirit, they will be found in his anointing; strength, in his dominion; purity, in his conception; gentleness discovers itself in his nativity, by which he was made to resemble us in all things, that he might learn to commiserate with us. If we seek redemption, it will be found in his passion; if absolution, in his condemnation; remission of the curse, in his cross; satisfaction, in his sacrifice; purification, in his blood; reconciliation, in his descent into hell; mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; newness of life and immortality, in his resurrection; the inheritance of the celestial kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; protection, security, abundance, and enjoyment of all blessings, in his kingdom; a fearless expectation of the judgment, in the judicial authority committed to him. Finally, blessings of every kind are deposited in him; let us draw from his treasury, and from no other source, until our desires are satisfied.”

John Calvin, quoted in John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor (p.192)

That price of expiation

 “A sacrifice of expiation is one whose object is to appease the wrath of God, to satisfy his justice, and thereby wipe and wash away the sins, by which the sinner being cleansed and restored to purity, may return to favor with God. . . . And, indeed, it was an astonishing display of the wrath of God that he did not spare even his only begotten Son, and was not appeased in any other way than by that price of expiation.” ~John Calvin

Every Kind of Good Abounds In Him

“We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ. 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 of him. 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, that he might learn to feel our pain. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross; 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 newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; 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 from no other.”

~John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion,

Women: What To Wear To Church

The fault is excessive concern and eagerness about dress. Paul’s wish is that their dressing should be regulated by modesty and moderation, for luxury and extravagance come from a desire to make a display, which can spring only from vanity and wantonness…. Paul attacks by name certain kinds of immoderation, such as curled hair, jewels and golden rings—not that jewels or gold are completely forbidden but, whenever there is a shining display of them, they tend to bring with them all the evils… which spring from self-concern or unchastity. ~John Calvin

true piety . . .

I call “piety” that reverence joined with love of God which t he knowledge of his benefits induces. For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by his fatherly care, that he is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond him—they will never yield him willing service. Nay,, unless they establish their complete happiness in him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him. ~  John Calvin (1509–1564)