The Life of John Calvin

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Westminster Press, 1909 - 115 pages
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Review: The Life of John Calvin - A Modern Translation of the Classic by Theodore Beza

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There is a set of four lives of the reformers, but it is nto entirely translated: Vitae quattuor reformatorum. Included is this life of Calvin by Beza, A life of Luther by Melanchthon, a life of ... Read full review

Review: The Life of John Calvin - A Modern Translation of the Classic by Theodore Beza

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There is a set of four lives of the reformers, but it is nto entirely translated: Vitae quattuor reformatorum. Included is this life of Calvin by Beza, A life of Luther by Melanchthon, a life of ... Read full review

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Page 99 - ... written the above testament, the aforesaid John Calvin immediately confirmed it with his usual subscription and handwriting. On the following day, which was the 26th day of April of same year, the same distinguished man, Calvin, ordered me to be sent for, and along with me, Theodore Beza, Raymond Chauvet, Michael Cop, Lewis Enoch, Nicholas Colladon, and James Bordese, ministers and preachers of the Word of God in this Church of Geneva, and likewise the distinguished Henry Scrimger, Professor...
Page 96 - ... wash and purify me in the blood which my Sovereign Redeemer has shed for the sins of the human race, that under his shadow I may be able to stand at the judgment-seat. I likewise declare, that, according to the measure of grace and goodness which the Lord hath employed towards me, I have...
Page 16 - Dauphiny, (not a monk, as some have pretended, but a scholar of James Lefevre of Estaples,) and Peter Viret of Orb, in the territory of Berne and Friburgh, whose labours the Lord afterwards most abundantly blessed. Calvin having, in passing through Geneva, paid them a visit, as good men are wont to do to each other, Farel, a person obviously inspired with a kind of heroic spirit, strongly urged him, instead of proceeding farther, to stay and labour with him at Geneva. When Calvin could not be induced...
Page 89 - ... conditions, by a formal edict of the king, the Navarrene being forthwith seduced by the wiles of the Papists, and the Duke of Guise, after committing the savage slaughter at Vassy, having sounded the trumpet and commenced that civil war, which has nowbeenragingfortwelvesuccessive years in miserable France, it is impossible to describe the many heavy cares which weighed upon Calvin ; his infirmities also increasing so much, that it might then have been seen he was advancing with rapid step to...
Page 31 - ... it were carried up into heaven. Viret possessed such winning eloquence, that his entranced audience hung upon his lips. Calvin never spoke without filling the mind of the hearer with most weighty sentiments. I have often thought that a preacher compounded of the three would have been absolutely perfect.
Page 107 - ... to keep the people in obedience to the doctrine ; for there are some wicked and contumacious persons. Matters, as you see, are tolerably settled. The more guilty, therefore, will you be before God, if they go to wreck through your indolence. But I declare, brethren, that I have lived with you in the closest bonds of true and sincere affection, and now, in like manner, part from you. But if, while under this disease, you have experienced any degree of peevishness from me, I beg your pardon, and...
Page 102 - ... than of will; for I can truly declare that I have sincerely studied the interest of your Republic. Though I have not discharged my duty fully, I have always, to the best of my ability, consulted for the public good ; and did I not acknowledge that the Lord, on His part, hath sometimes made my labors profitable, I should lay myself open to a charge of dissimulation. But this I beg of you, again and again, that you will be pleased to excuse me for having performed so little in public and in private,...
Page 107 - Farewell, my best and most right-hearted brother ; and since God is pleased that you should survive me in this world, live mindful of our friendship, of which, as it was useful to the Church of God, the fruit still awaits us in heaven. I would not have you fatigue yourself on my account. I draw my breath with difficulty, and am daily waiting till I altogether cease to breathe. It is enough that to Christ I live and die ; to his people he is gain in life and in death. Farewell again, not forgetting...
Page 113 - ... at the distance of years, and when, in the course of dictating, he happened to be interrupted for several hours, as often happened, as soon as he returned he commenced at once to dictate where he had left off. Whatever he required to know for the performance of his duty, though involved in a multiplicity of other affairs, he never forgot. On whatever subject he was consulted, his judgment was so clear and correct, that he often seemed almost to prophesy ; nor do I recollect of any person having...
Page 111 - Ipsa a quo potuit virtutem discere virtus, Cur adeo exiguo ignotoque in cespite clausus Calvinus lateat, rogas? Calvinum assidue comitata modestia vivum Hoc tumulo manibus condidit ipsa suis.

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