By Calvin, John

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ISBN-13: 9780664241605

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Christians languished and died in prisons without any miracle to enable them to escape. These people lived, not by miracles, but by the Word of God, by their faithfulness to Christ. What they had available was not the hope of physical escape, but the greater miracle of faithfulness and joy. Therefore, Calvin received the Biblical miracles as signs of God's power; but he knew the same power by the preaching of the gospel, by the miracle of weak men made strong, both as to those who preach and as to those who hear (on Mark 16:20).

Terrified by his words, and conscious of my own timidity and cowardice, I gave up my journey and attempted to apply whatever gift I had in defense of my faith. Scarcely four months had passed before we were>attacked on the one side by the Anabaptists and on the other by a certain rascally apostate who, relying upon the secret aid of certain important people, was able to give us much trouble. Meanwhile, internal dissensions, coming one upon another, caused us dreadful torments. 1 Guillaume Farel (1489-1565), was like Calvin, a Frenchman.

He commented extensively upon the Bible, and did his bestknown work on the Gospels. His commentary on Romans was published in Strasbourg in 1536, shortly before Calvin began to work on his own. See Henri Strohl, Bucer: humaniste chretien. 4 At Worms in 1540 and at Regensburg in 1541, where the Catholics and the Protestants entered into futile discussions on reunion. 5 S e e J o h n T . M c N e i l l , The History and Character of Calvinism, 1 9 5 4 , c h . 1 1 . INTRODUCTORY SELECTIONS FROM CALVIN 55 David showed me the way with his own footsteps, I felt myself greatly comforted.

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