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In the maxims of the law, God is seen as the rewarder of perfect righteousness and the avenger of sin. But in Christ, His face shines out, full of grace and gentleness to poor, unworthy sinners.

    Topics: Christ, Grace, Rewards

I can say as to myself, that I have been assailed on all sides, and have scarcely been able to enjoy repose for a single moment, but have always had to sustain some conflict either from enemies without or within the church.

    Topics: Church
    Source: Preface to the Commentary on the Psalms.

When Christ returned to heaven, He withdrew His physical presence from our sight. He didn't stop being with the disciples but by the ascension fulfilled His promise to be with us to the end of the world. As His body was raised to heaven, so His power and reign have spread to the uttermost parts.

    Topics: Comfort

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.

    Topics: Conscience

Whenever God reproves us, not only in words, but in reality, and reminds us of our sins, we do not so suffer for one fault as to be free for the future, but that until we from the heart repent, He ever sounds in our ears these words, Still God will contend with you: and a real contention is meant.

    Topics: Conviction
    Source: Commentary, Jeremiah 2:9.

Now, in order that true religion may shine upon us, we ought to hold that it must take its beginning from heavenly doctrine and that no one can get even the slightest taste of right and sound doctrine unless he be a pupil of Scripture.

    Topics: Doctrine, Scripture
    Source: Institutes, Scripture.

Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ.

    Topics: Education, Ignorance

There is no inconsistency in saying that God rewards good works, provided we understand that nevertheless men obtain eternal life gratuitously.

    Topics: Eternal Life, Rewards

We must make the invisible kingdom visible in our midst.

    Topics: Examples

Therefore the Christian heart, since it has been thoroughly persuaded that all things happen by God's plan, and that nothing takes place by chance, will ever look to him as the principal causes of things, yet will give attention to the secondary causes in their proper place.

    Topics: Faith, God, The Heart

Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church?

    Topics: Faith

Faith consists, not in ignorance, but in knowledge, and that, not only of God, but also of the divine will.

    Topics: Faith, Knowledge

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