"All these things which were to be the weapon 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 we are content in all things, whether country, place, condition, clothing, food, and all such things. And we are comforted in tribulation, joyful in sorrow, glorying under abuse, abounding in poverty, warmed in our nakedness, patient amongst evils, living in death.
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, preface for Pierre Robert Olivetan's 1534 French translation of the New Testament.
I hear the above quote, " the infinite riches that are comprised in Him" and I'm reminded of Paul's prayer for the believers in Ephesus - which can be our prayer for ourselves, for our believing friends and family -
"For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks to you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come." Ephesians 1: 15-21
The above quote, again, is from Of First Importance, http://www.firstimportance.org/, and I'm on Sarah's laptop because my laptop is at the Apple Store having things transferred from my old computer to "it".
Isn't that the best thing? He will give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. He will enlighten the "eyes" of our hearts, so that we may know the hope to which He has called us.
So that we may know what are our riches in the glorious inheritance of the saints (His redeemed). Have you been redeemed by Him? Have you been brought from darkness into His light? Has life been breathed into you, eternal life, I mean. That second birth.
And we can know and experience the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.
That is the same power He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead. Imagine that.
As I've heard lately someone use this phrase, "Marinate in that knowledge/information".
Well - that's this post for the day - as, for the ten zillionth time I go to Huntsville again and again. Not my cup of tea, but I was there 3 times last week, and have to go 3 times this week - just stuff.