Daily Reform, 2 Corinthians 1:18-22
From the Reformer
Here we must notice, in the first place, the relation which Paul requires between the gospel of God and our faith; for as every thing that God says is more than merely certain, so he wishes that this should be established in our minds by a firm and sure assent. Secondly, we must observe that, as an assurance of this nature is a thing that is above the capacity of the human mind, it is the part of the Holy Spirit to confirm within us what God promises in his word. Hence it is that he has those titles of distinction—the Anointing, the Earnest, the Comforter, and the Seal. In the third place we must observe, that all that have not the Holy Spirit as a witness, so as to return their Amen to God, when calling them to an assured hope of salvation, do on false grounds assume the name of Christians.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Corinthians
Pulling It Together
How is it that God can keep on loving someone like me? he thought. I don’t even love myself right now. But within his heart, he knew God did indeed love him. He could not explain it, other than to say that he felt the assurance of God and that this assurance came from the Bible. Today, in that moment of weakness, he fell. Yet he stood again, in the power of the Spirit of God, and continued to walk with God. It was a marvel to him, something he could not quite explain. Imperfect as he was, he felt the peace of God. He was able to keep that most perfect command of God—to believe. The Spirit assured him that God does not forgive one day but not the next. So he tried harder to be like Jesus and knew that meant getting up whenever he might fall and continuing to walk by faith in the One who forgives the likes of men like himself.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers