I decided to start reading The Institutes today. I’ve actually never read it and I know it will take me a long time, especially since I have a ton of work due mid December, but first impressions are good. I’ve really only read the preface, but he’s much more readable than Edwards, my other hero. Here’s a paragraph from the preface:
Let our doctrine be tested by this rule and our victory is secure. For what accords better and more aptly with faith than to acknowledge ourselves divested of all virtue that we may be clothed by God, devoid of all goodness that we may be filled by Him, the slaves of sin that he may give us freedom, blind that he may enlighten, lame that he may cure, and feeble that he may sustain us; to strip ourselves of all ground of glorying that he alone may shine forth glorious, and we be glorified in Him?