XIV

For all these things which were to be the weapons of the devil in his battle against us, and the sting of death to pierce us, are turned for us into exercises which we can turn to our profit. If we are able to boast with the apostle, saying, O hell, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? it is because by the Spirit of Christ promised to the elect, we live no longer, but Christ lives in us; and we are by the same Spirit seated among those who are in heaven, so that for us the world is no more, even while our conversation is in it; but we are content in all things, whether country, place, condition, clothing, meat, and all such thingsā€¦ This is what we should in short seek in the whole of Scripture: truly to know Jesus Christ, and the infinite riches that are comprised in him and are offered to us by him from God the Father.

John Calvin (Christ is in the End of the Law)

II

“My house shall be a house of prayer” Luke 19:46 (ESV)

(churches) are places where God’s word is read, where Christ is present, and where the Holy Spirit works on souls. These facts ought to make us grave, reverent, solemn and decorous, whenever we enter them. The man who behaves as carelessly in Church as he would in an inn, or a private dwelling has yet much to learn. He has not the “mind of Christ.

Ryle, J. (1857) Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Monergism Books, pg. 1087

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