Monday, August 8, 2011

The Law of God is a Friend

"Let us mark, therefore, that all the promises contained in the Holy Scripture are, as it were, so many testimonies of the fatherly love of our God, showing himself to have a care for our health and welfare, in that He vouchsafes [swears/promises] thus to apply and fashion Himself to us. By this means the law of God becomes more friendly to us, in that we see that in keeping it we shall not be disappointed of a good reward, one far greater than we should wish, for under this word of blessing is comphrehended all manner of propsperity." (John Calvin, Sermon on Deuternomy 28:1-2)

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8