Wednesday, January 5, 2011


A few selections from letters by John Calvin to a few of his friends. I was struck recently in reading a number of Calvin's letters how warmly and graciously he concluded them. These selections come from closing remarks of Calvin in letters addressed to Heinrich Bullinger, William Farel, Pierre Varet, and John Haller, in that order. All of them illustrate the love and sweetness of the man. These particular letters were penned in the latter part of August and the first part of September, 1549.

Adieu, brother in the Lord, and most honourable and accomplished man, together with all your fellow-ministers, whom you will salute respectfully in our name. May the Lord be ever near you and keep you, and may you be instrumental in advancing the glory of his name!

Adieu, brother and very honest friend, with all your fellow-ministers, especially Christopher, and Michael Faton. May the Lord ever guide and watch over you.

Adieu, most upright brother and friend, together with your wife, your little daughter, and your whole family. May the Lord keep you and guide you by his Spirit! Salute the brethren earnestly in my name. 

Adieu, distinguished sir, and very dear brother in Christ, deserving of my regard. May the Lord guide you and your family!

John Calvin: Tracts and Letters, edited by Jules Bonnet and translated by David Constable, first published by the Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1858, republished by The Banner of Truth Trust, 2009, vol. 5, pp. 243-250.

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