Calvin on: The Superiority of God over Satan

“But God tries in one way, Satan in another. Satan tempts that he may destroy, condemn, confound, cast down, but God, that by proving his own children he may make trial of their sincerity, and establish their strength by exercising it; that he may mortify, purify, and cauterize their flesh, which unless it were forced under this restraint would play the wanton and vaunt itself beyond measure.”

 

 

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 3.20.46

 

This quotation was given to me by a young lady in our church, a self described “Calviness”