While reading the first chapter of Echoes of Eden I ran into a fascinating quote from Calvin about God’s self-revelation in His creation. I tracked down the original context, and thought it would be good to share a portion at length. It’s from the Institutes, which I haven’t read though I must one day. It’s a classic, and apparently not just about predestination, unlike the stereotype!
Considering my love for books, imagine what an unexpected free book would mean to me! When I requested Alexander Strauch’s Biblical Eldership for review Lewis & Roth publishers sent two extra books for free! Love or Die was one of these bonus books. Their generosity was a blessing to me, and is much in line with the message of this book.
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’