10 July 2009 was (and still is depending on which part of the globe you’re on) John Calvin’s 500th Birthday! I must confess this is the first time I’m celebrating the birthday of a person who is not physically alive on planet earth. There was lots of birthday wishes for John Calvin, the Theologian. One of the tweets led me to this free download of the book Portrait of Calvin and in it I read this wonderful quote of John Calvin.

Here is his (John Calvin’s) summary of the centre of the gospel and what we must tell man when we preach:

that he was alienated from God by sin, an heir of wrath, liable to the punishment of eternal death, excluded from all hope of salvation, a total stranger to the blessing of God, a slave to Satan, a captive under the yoke of sin, and, in a word, condemned to and already involved in, a horrible destruction; that, in this situation, Christ interposed as an intercessor; that He has taken upon Himself and suffered the punishment which by the righteous judgement of God impended over all sinners; that by His blood He has expiated those crimes which make them odious to God; that by this expiation God the Father has been duly satisfied and atoned; that by this intercessor His wrath has been appeased; that this is the foundation of peace between God and men; and that this is the bone of His benevolence towards them.

John Piper, Foreword, An Appreciation for Calvin and His Portrait –p.9, Portrait of Calvin