The Prayers of J.Calvin (10)

JCalvinPicContinuing our posts on the prayers of John Calvin (see my previous Sunday posts in Nov./Dec., 2014 and now in Jan.2015), which follow his lectures on the OT prophecy of Jeremiah, today we post a brief section from his ninth lecture and the prayer that concludes it.

This lecture covers Jeremiah 2:31-35, which includes this closing comment on and application of v.35 (really the whole section), where God admonishes His people for pretending to be innocent when they were blatantly guilty of  high sins against Him. This is how Calvin concludes this part (slightly edited):

We may hence gather a profitable instruction. Let it in the first place be observed, that nothing is so displeasing to God as this headstrong presumption, that is, when we seek to appear innocent, while our own conscience condemns us.

Then in the second place observe, that all who thus perversely rebel and strive dishonestly and shamelessly to defend their own vices, contend at the same time with God: for false excuses have ever this tendency – to charge God with unjust severity.

But we see what such men gain for themselves; for God shews that he will be at length their judge, and that he will openly discover the vices of those who thought that they could excuse themselves by evasions and by false charges against himself.

They then who thus obstinately resist God, must at length, …come to this end, – that they will be constrained to acknowledge that God has not been too violently angry with them, but has only executed a just punishment.

And then follows this prayer:

Grant, Almighty God, that since we are loaded with so many vices, and provoke thee so often, yea, daily and in ways innumerable, – O grant, that we may not at last become hardened against thy godly admonitions, but be teachable and submissive and in time repent, lest our wantonness and hardness should constrain thee to put forth thy powerful hand against us; but as we have hitherto experienced thy paternal kindness, so may we in [the] future be made partakers of it, and thus become more and more accustomed to bear thy yoke, until having at length completed our warfare, we shall come to that blessed rest, which has been provided for us in heaven, through Christ our Lord. – Amen.

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  1. Reblogged this on Julesjewels6952 and commented:
    A Christian needs to be faithful, available, open to correction and teachable. FACT!

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