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John Calvin on adoption

Compiled by Prof. Ronald Cammenga In explaining the reward of the saints as an inheritance, Calvin says, “First, let us be heartily convinced that the Kingdom of Heaven is not servants’ wages but sons’ inheritance, which only they who have been adopted as sons by the Lord shall enjoy, and that for no other reason than this adoption.” (Institutes, 3.1.2; 1:822) Commenting on Colossians 1:12, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light,” Calvin says: “But for what kindness does [the apostle] give thanks to God? For...