John Calvin on Prayer



“Moreover it has been explained to you that our Lord generously offer himself to us in his Son Jesus Christ, promising us through him all happiness in place of our misery, all fulness in place of our poverty, and opening up to (in him) all his heavenly treasures and riches, so that our faith may wholly look to his precious Son, our expectation be wholly directed to him, and our hope rest entirely in him.”

John Calvin

Romans 5: Death in Adam, Life in Christ



“In human affairs a representative is not a substitute. Whereas a substitute takes our place, a representative acts on our behalf, and so makes us present where we cannot personally be. But Christ is both. He always has represented and always shall represent his people before the face of God, the throne of grace and the judgment seat. He stands for us, and we are present in him. This means we are chosen in him, accepted in him, righteous in him, glorious in him. Whatever he is before God, he is for us. And so we are complete in him.”

John M. Brentnall