Calvin Fridays: More Stable than the Heavens

John Calvin 11

“And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day.”-John 6:39

Note that the Father’s gift is the beginning of our reception into the surety and protection of Christ. Perhaps someone will here turn the argument around and object that only those who in faith have voluntarily yielded are considered to be the Father’s own. Yet Christ insists upon this point alone: even though the desertions of vast multitudes shake the whole world, God’s firm plan that election may never be shaken will be more stable than the very heavens.”- John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 3, Chapter 22, Section 7.

Are we surrounded on every side by evils of all kinds, scoffers, and mockers to be persecuted without a perceived end? Do we face numerous overwhelming temptations, threatening to drown us in unfaithfulness and despair? Do we encounter strong doubts as to the authenticity of this Christian faith, thinking at times that death is, in fact, the final end? Are we everywhere assaulted, everywhere faced with death, destruction, and looming darkness? Surely we as God’s people face these things. But though these things threaten to destroy, they cannot follow through on their promises; for Christ will lose none whom the Father has given Him. Here we find no hope in notions that we have chosen God or that we have changed ourselves or that we have saved our own souls. No. Our only hope lies in that God has sovereignly chosen us, He alone has changed and is changing us, and that He alone has saved our souls. He has snatched us from rebellion and destruction and brought us into overwhelming light, overwhelming life, and overwhelming love in Christ. Our souls find rest and discover strength in the words of the Lord to the prophet Isaiah, “‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the LORD, who has compassion on you,” (Isaiah 54:10).


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