Selections from John Calvin
Understanding the Love of God
A valuable collection of selections from John Calvin’s books, sermons, and correspondences on the topic of suffering. Calvin, most appreciated by his avid readers as “the theologian of the Holy Spirit”, and most renowned among his opponents as the strong advocate of predestination, is less well-known for his deep familiarity with personal suffering.
The challenges of being a leader of the Great Reformation, combined with great hardships, enormous bodily pain, persecution, family trials brought Calvin to turn to the Psalms and Job often for comfort and wisdom, both for himself and his congregation.
Human suffering includes all sorts of pain and distress which accompany serious illness, loss of loved ones or friends, natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and forest fires; poverty and hunger, accidents, persecution and many other events that touch our lives.Reading a book about human suffering can be disconcerting and depressing, to be sure; but reading what the Book of books reveals about suffering and about God’s promises of deliverance and gracious intervention should be heartening and uplifting – and that is the fundamental purpose of Calvin’s comments upon the subject of faith tested by suffering.
- Living iunder the cross
- Treasuring up bright designs
- Suffering and God’s goodness
- Standing on the promises
- Pour out your heart
- Waiting for God
- Continuing by grace
- Standing in the shadow
- Joy in the morning
- The fellowship of his sufferings
- The hope of glory
- A place where gold is refined
About Joseph Hill, Editor and Commentator
Joseph A. Hill was Professor of Biblical Studies and Greek, Geneva College (named after John Calvin’s Geneva) in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Since retirement from Geneva, he has served eight Presbyterian churches as an interim pastor and pastoral associate. A member of the advisory board of the New International Version of the Bible, he taught both Biblical Studies and Greek over a period of twenty-five years. He is married to Barbara Adams Hill. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.
“Calvin’s amazing amount of advice on coping with suffering, combined with Joseph A. Hill’s enlightening annotations, make this a most helpful book for Christians whose faith is being tested. The quotations by Calvin are long enough to provide spiritual and practical depth yet short enough not to be tedious. Turn to any page, and you will be edified.”
— Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan