John Calvin’s Last Will


john-calvinSteven Lawson shares Calvin’s last will and testament in his small book The Expository Genius of John Calvin. Calvin’s will was dictated to Theodore Beza April 25, 1564:

“In the name of God, I, John Calvin, servant of the Word of God in the church of Geneva, …thank God that He has shown not only mercy toward me, His poor creature, and…has suffered me in all sins and weaknesses, but what is much more, that He has made me a partaker of His grace to serve Him through my work…I confess to live and die in this faith which He has given me, inasmuch as I have no other hope or refuge than His predestination upon which my entire salvation is grounded. I embrace the grace which He has offered me in our Lord Jesus Christ and accept the merits of His suffering and dying, that through them all my sins are buried; and I humbly beg Him to wash me and cleanse me with the blood of our great Redeemer,…so that I, when I shall appear before His face may bear His likeness. Moreover, I declare that I endeavored to teach His Word undefiled and to expound Holy Scripture faithfully, according to the measure of grace which He has given me.”

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