God’s intention in sending us His gospel was to draw us out of the world and to point us to Himself so that we might await, with confidence, the inheritance of everlasting life so dearly purchased for us by our Lord Jesus Christ.  To attain it, let us walk, in all purity, in the fear of God. . .In sending us His gospel, God sought nothing less than our salvation, which is the supreme happiness and the most perfect of blessings.  May we, therefore, be more willing to obey it and to take our places in Christ’s flock so that He may be our shepherd and our guide. – John Calvin (1509-1564), from a sermon on Titus 1.1-4 (translated from the French by Robert White)

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