thank you Lord for men like Charles Spurgeon,
Sunday, June 26, 2011 10:41 AMSpurgeon GemsChallies Dot Com - Informing the Reforming
Every scholarly work on the New Testament is preponderantly an intellectual exercise. The work of thinking which the production of a book like this demands from the author is demanded also from its reader. But because of the nature of the reality with which this work has to do, the necessary preponderance of intellectual work can nevertheless frustrate the goal for which the work is done.
Although it exceeded the word limit, I think he was right in spending more than 100 words. I get the concept of trying to convey as much with as little as possible, but when the greatest truth ever is being discussed, why hold back? Use as many words as are necessary to convey what is truly necessary.
1. Lord's DayHeidelberg Catechism A.D. 1563Question 1. What is thy only comfort in life and death?
What truth! Now if that's not enough to provoke you to thankful prayer to Christ, then here's some Calvin to finish:Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heav- enly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely will- ing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.
"We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us there not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God's: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God's: ;et his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God's: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only goal." -John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, III, vii. 1, ed. John T. McNeil, trans. Ford Lewis Battles (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1960),