“It is Christ who takes from us all fear and terror.  It is he who can give us assurance and resolution that even to the end we shall remain safe and sound if we call on God.  As Solomon says, ‘His name is a strong tower and the righteous will have in him a good and assured retreat.’  Also says the prophet Joel, ‘Although the world be turned upside down, whoever calls upon the Name of the Lord will be saved.’  This is especially applied to the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, in order that we may be entirely persuaded that, although our salvation may be, as it were, in suspense, and though we may see, as it were, a thousand hazards, yet God will always keep us in his protection, and we shall feel that his power is always near us, and ready to help us, provided we seek it by prayer of mouth and heart.”  (Quoted by Leroy Nixon, John Calvin: Expository Preacher, 97-98)

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