An extract from a letter by Rev. J. H. Thornwell, to a pastor, telling him of the profit he had received from Calvin’s commentary on Genesis, January 30, 1860.
I have just finished Calvin’s Commentary on Genesis, and cannot tell you how much spiritual refreshment and comfort I have derived from the light which his own experience and grace enabled him to throw upon the dealings of God with the ancient patriarchs. Every day enlarges my views, and deepens my convictions of the infinite riches of Divine wisdom and goodness. We serve no hard master. Our religion is no cold and lifeless homage to an unsympathizing superior. We have a Saviour that loves us, that enters into all our joys and sorrows, that permits us to converse familiarly with Him, and that shows, in the confidence of friendship, the secret of His covenant.
The Life and Letters of James Henley Thornwell, first published in 1875, republished by the Banner of Truth, 1974, p. 445.