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4:10). It is quite evident that these two go together, since the temptation to deny our Lord rises in the midst of fear of the evils to which men expose themselves in the hands of men when they set out to obey God and cleave to Christ. Calvin knew no antidote to defeat and ruin except to raise our minds to heaven. To him, a Christian walked on earth, but his life was hid in heaven. He spoke with obvious passion against attachment to this world, and exhorted Christians to renounce it in favor of heaven.

It is knowledge first and last of God's love exercised toward us; a knowledge carrying with it a certainty all its own by the same 4 2 See below, pp. 141, 176. 36 CALVIN: COMMENTARIES acting of God; but one in which "Tacts" as read in the Bible act as "signs" of God's spiritual power, and establish the sovereignty of God as God by pointing to him whose "being" is hidden from the mind of man. 43 There is of course a singular congruity between the sign and the thing signified: as between the resurrection and the victory of God over sin and death; or between the ascension and the return of the Son to the right hand of the Father.

69) in this selection. For Erasmus' preface see Opera Omnia, 1704, vol. 5, pp. 137 f. This was translated into English in 1529, 1540. Again we regret leaving this preface out! The title at the head of Calvin's preface appeared at the beginning of Bibles and New Testaments printed in Geneva and elsewhere after 1543. The present text, from the Opera, C. R. 9, pp. , contains additions Calvin made after 1534. INTRODUCTORY SELECTIONS FROM CALVIN 59 goodness had bestowed upon him, God began to hold man in abhorrence and disavowed him as his handiwork.

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