Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Empty Confidence in the Flesh - John Calvin

Our Lord had no need to undertake the bearing of the cross except to attest and prove his obedience to the Father. But as for us, there are many reasons why we must pass our lives under a continual cross… We readily esteem our virtue above its due measure. And we do not doubt, whatever happens, that against all difficulties it will remain unbroken and unconquered. Hence we are lifted up to stupid and empty confidence in the flesh; and relying on it, we are then insolently proud against God himself, as if our own powers were sufficient without his grace.

He can best restrain this arrogance when he proves to us by experience not only that great incapacity but also the frailty under which we labor. Therefore, he afflicts us either with disgrace or poverty, or bereavement, or disease, or other calamities. Utterly unequal to bearing these, in so far as they touch us, we soon succumb to them. Thus humbled, we learn to call upon His power, which alone makes us stand fast under the weight of afflictions.

-John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion-


At Wednesday, February 22, 2006 5:03:00 PM, Blogger Emmanuel Church-20th said...


At Wednesday, February 22, 2006 5:27:00 PM, Blogger Puritan Belief said...

The conclusion reminded me of this verse for some reason.

"But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers then are ye bastards and not sons" Hebrews

And John Calvin says
"Therefore, he afflicts us either with disgrace or poverty, or bereavement, or disease, or other calamities."

At Thursday, February 23, 2006 9:33:00 AM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

It is hard to raise ourselves up in pride when we shoulder the weight of our cross.

Good post.

At Saturday, February 25, 2006 10:48:00 AM, Blogger Aaron Shafovaloff said...

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