The Gospel: Not of Tongue But of Life

Posted: December 29, 2010 in gospel, theology

“[The Gospel] is a doctrine not of tongue but of life.  It is not apprehended by the understanding and memory alone, as other disciplines are, but it is received only when it possesses the whole soul, and finds a seat and resting place in the inmost affection of the heart… It must enter our heart and pass into our daily living living, and so transform us into itself that it may not be unfruitful for us.

– John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, 1960) 3.6.4

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