By Calvin, John
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And this volume was not a thick and laborious work like the present edition; it appeared as a brief Enchiridion. It had no other purpose than to bear witness to the faith of those whom I saw criminally libeled by wicked and false courtiers. INTRODUCTORY SELECTIONS FROM CALVIN 53 I desired no fame for myself from it; I planned to depart shortly, and no one knew that I was the writer [of the book]. For I had kept my authorship secret and intended to continue to do so. But Wilhaim Farel1 forced me to stay in Geneva not so much by advice or urging as by command, which had the power of God's hand laid violently upon me from heaven.
Calvin speaks of an inner and an outer mortification. The first has to do with the struggle against sin or unfaithfulness; the latter with the struggle against the powers of this world (on II Cor. 4:10). It is quite evident that these two go together, since the temptation to deny our Lord rises in the midst of fear of the evils to which men expose themselves in the hands of men when they set out to obey God and cleave to Christ. Calvin knew no antidote to defeat and ruin except to raise our minds to heaven.
This position, which seems correct, has been debated, a n d it does n o t alter o u r thesis that t h e ground of the authority of the Bible for Calvin was not inerrancy, b u t G o d w h o speaks b y it. F o r a fine discussion of t h e subject, see " T h e Reformer's U s e of t h e Bible," b y Paul L. L e h m a n n , in Theology Today, October, 1946. See also K e m p e r Fullerton, Prophecy and Authority, ch. 7. 39 But see on J e r . 3 6 : 4 - 6 , 28, a n d Dowey, op. , p p . 90 f. 34 GALVIN: COMMENTARIES Ezek.