God’s Providence Keeps Watch

“God’s providence as solace of believers…[the] meditation on providence…the best and sweetest fruit. Therefore the Christian heart, since it has been thoroughly persuaded that all things happen by God’s plan, and that nothing takes place by chance, will ever look to him as the principal cause of things…God’s providence keeps watch…and will not suffer anything to happen but what may turn out to its good and salvation. …As far as men are concerned, whether the are good or evil, the heart of the Christian will know that their plans, wills, efforts, and abilities are under God’s hand; that it is within his choice to bend them whither he pleases and to constrain them whenever he pleases.”  –John Calvin  “Institutes of the Christian Religion” p. 218

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Prepared Before

“… a kingdom awaits the godly…for it was prepared for them by their Father, not only before they themselves existed, but before the foundation of the world. …The kingdom is not in process of preparation, but was prepared before, and the sons of the kingdom do not prepare the kingdom, but are in process of being prepared themselves….” –Martin Luther “The Bondage of the Will” p. 182

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Ground of Confidence

“As we, considered in ourselves, are just as undeserving and hell-deserving as ever, this justification is to us an act of infinite grace. …God can be just in the justification of sinners. There is nothing in the perfection of his character, nothing in the immutability of the law, nothing in the interests of his moral government, that stands in the way of our pardon. A full, complete, infinitely meritorious satisfaction has been made for our sins, and therefore we may come to God with the assurance of being accepted. This is a ground of confidence which an enlightened conscience, burdened with a sense of sin, absolutely needs. It is not mere pardon, but justification alone, that gives us peace with God.” — Charles Hodge “2 Corinthians” p. 151

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The Great Doctrine of the Bible

“To reconcile is to remove enmity between parties at variance with each other. In this case God is the reconciler. Man never makes reconciliation. …The enmity between God and man, the barrier which separated them, is removed by the act of God.  …effected by Jesus Christ, that is, by his death.  …our reconciliation to God is made the source and cause of our new creation, i.e. of our regeneration and holiness. God’s reconciliation to us must precede our reconciliation to him. This…is the great doctrine of the Bible.”  –Charles Hodge “2 Corinthians” p. 142

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The God of All Comfort

“2 Cor. 1:3 “the God of all comfort” – This most merciful Father is the God, i.e. the author of all, i.e. of all possible consolation. God is the author of consolation not only by delivering us from evil, or by ordering our external circumstances, but also, and chiefly, by his inward influence on the mind itself, assuaging its tumults and filling it with joy and peace in believing.”  –Charles Hodge “2 Corinthinians” p. 5

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Let Out By God

“Affliction is compared to a prison, where the poor afflicted  creature is, as it were, confined, committed by God, and must not break prison, come out by the window, but the door. When we are let out by God upon submission and supplication, urging the satisfaction of Christ; as we are sent thither by God’s authority, so we come out by God’s love.”  –Thomas Manton, Psalm 119, Vol. 1, p. 449

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The Secret of Endurance

“The secret of endurance, patience, and waiting with expectation is submission to God’s providences until he brings us forth to the light, and we shall then behold his righteousness. …when we have come to the point of vindicating God’s ways by recognizing that he is holy, just, sovereign, and good, then we have the outlet, then we escape.”  –John Murray “O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?”  

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