Thursday, February 26, 2009

Our Complete Happiness in Him

John Calvin on piety: "For this sense of the divine perfections is the proper master to teach us piety, out of which religion springs. I call 'piety' that reverence joined with love of/for God which the knowledge of his benefits induces.

"For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished [or, cherished] by his fatherly care, that he is the Author of their every good, that the should seek nothing beyond him -- they will never yield him willing service.

"Nay, unless they establish their complete happiness in him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him."

--"Institutes of the Christian Religion, ch.2"

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