Sermons on Job 2

Volume Two: Chapters 15-30

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Job

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2

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9781848717022

Kindle ISBN

9781848717039

Original Pub Date

2016

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‘Dr Rob Roy McGregor’s translations of Calvin’s sermons have been received with great enthusiasm and gratitude.’ — DEREK THOMAS

Book Description

THE name of John Calvin (1509-64) is justly renowned in a number of contexts. The Reformation’s greatest systematic theologian, he was also a Christian strategist and transformer of society, as his enormous correspondence and his influence in Geneva bear witness. A prolific scholar, well-versed in the Latin of the academics, he also worked hard at communicating to ordinary men and women in his native French language.

Above all, Calvin was a pastor. Indeed, it has been said of him that he became a theologian in order to be a better pastor. Nowhere is that more clearly seen than in his sermons.

In 1549, the Campagnie des Étrangers, refugees who thought highly of his ministry, employed a professional scribe, Denis Raguenier, to record and translate Calvin’s sermons.

Thanks to the foresight of these sixteenth-century Christians we can still read the 159 sermons Calvin preached on the Book of Job on week-days in 1554-5. They abound in faithful and lively exposition, and remain one of the finest examples of evangelical preaching – faithful to the biblical text and thoughtfully applied to the individual and society.

In 1993 the Banner of Truth Trust reprinted a facsimile edition of Arthur Golding’s 1574 translation of Calvin’s sermons on Job. At that time the publisher expressed the hope that ‘Perhaps one day the massive work of retranslating Calvin from the original French into modern English will be done.’ That day has now well and truly come! Several new translations of Calvin’s sermons have recently been published (on Ephesians, Galatians, 2 Samuel 1-13, Acts 1-7, Gen. 1-20, The Beatitudes, Luke 1-2, etc.), and a new translation of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (1541 ed.) has also recently been added to this impressive list of volumes. Now, thanks to Dr Rob Roy McGregor, all of Calvin’s 159 sermons on Job have been translated into modern, colourful, and vigorous English.

This second volume covers Calvin’s expositions of Job chapters 15-30.

About the Translator

Dr Rob Roy McGregor is a graduate of Erskine College and Columbia Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the Christian ministry in 1958 by Second Presbytery of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Dr McGregor taught English, French, German, and Latin at Boys High School and Hanna High School in Anderson before earning the MA degree in French from the University of South Carolina and the PhD in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. He is Professor Emeritus of French and Latin at Clemson University, with publications on Jehan Froissart, Albert Camus, Voltaire, Charles Baudelaire, and Jean Genet.

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57. The Indispensable Practice of Obedience and Prayer for Young or Old, Man or Woman
58. God Comforts the Humble, Whom He Has Made Righteous
59. The Assurance of God’s Acceptance Is the Remedy for the Fear That Haunts the Wicked
60. The Greedy, the Grasping, the Unjust, the Proud Will Fail in Their War against the Mighty God
61. Envy Not the Wicked, Who, Deceived by Vanity, Will Be Judged and Destroyed Despite Their Apparent Success
62. Comfort Others As You Would be Comforted
63. God Uses Adversities of Every Sort to Test the Patience of the Faithful
64. Despite Men’s Baseless Adverse Judgments, God Will Show Mercy to the Meek
65. The Destructive Power of Prosperity and Self-confidence
66. In Adversity, Hope in the Fulfilment of God’s Promises Sustains the Faithful
67. Bildad to the Contrary, the Wicked, Seemingly Blessed, Are Not Always Punished in This Life
68. The Blessings and Afflictions of Life Serve Different Ends for Believers and Unbelievers
69. Experience to the Contrary, God Always Hears the Prayers of the Faithful Who Endure Their Sufferings with Patience
70. God, the Author of Trials, Is Ready to Help, Whether They Are Occasioned by Men or Events
71. The Living God Will Defend the Upright Even As They Humble Themselves and Confess Their Faults
72. Judge the Poor and Downtrodden Prudently, Kindly, and Humbly for Fear of God’s Sword Lifted to Punish the Merciless and Arrogant
73. Though the Wicked and Proud Prosper, They Will Be Brought down. The Humble Faithful, Though They Suffer Scarcity and Adversity, Will Be Filled and Exalted
74. The Sweet Savour of Sin Will Become Bitter for the Wicked
75. The Wicked Will Not Prosper and Will Restore What They Have Wrongly Acquired
76. The Wicked Will Always Experience Fear, but the Righteous Will Find Rest in God’s Goodness
77. The Wicked Man May Hide, but His Iniquities Will Be Revealed and Avenged
78. When God Does Not Reveal the Reason for His Judgments, We Too Must Remain Silent
79. While the Wicked Prosper and Enjoy Life without Immediate Punishment, God Encourages His People to Restrain Themselves
80. The Fatherhood of God and Service to Him Must Be Cherished above All Else
81. Do Not Envy the Prosperity of the Wicked, for It Will Be Their Curse
82. The Godly and the Wicked Go Alike to the Grave, but with Different Destinies
83. How Can a Man Be Profitable to God and Glorify Him?
84. The Place of Affliction in Helping the Faithful Consider Their Sins and Seek God’s Remedy
85. We Must Wait Patiently for the Revelation of What Is Now Hidden from Us
86. We Must Know God, Be Reconciled with Him, and Live in Peace to Prosper Spiritually
87. God’s Truth Must Be in Our Hearts and His Promises Believed If We Are to Praise and Thank Him and Produce Good Fruit
88. In Times of Affliction, God Deals with His People Justly despite Appearances, Giving Them the Strength to Persevere until the End
89. God’s Word, Spiritual Food for Our Souls, Is to Be Desired above All Things
90. Afflictions and Fear of God Must Not Drive Us from Him but Encourage Us to Seek Correction, Healing, and Final Resurrection
91. The Responsibility of God’s People to Challenge the World’s Wicked Practices
92. When Evil Seems to Prevail, God Bids Us Live by His Light As We Patiently Await His Final Judgment
93. The Wicked Prevail in the Absence of Resistance, Which Is the Shared Fault of the Good, Who Consequently Receive What They Deserve at Their Hands and Must Await Their Own Gracious Reward at the Final Judgment
94. Reconciliation with God, the Incomparable Source of All Light, Power, and Righteousness, Cannot Be Achieved by Man’s Free Will and the Works of Supererogation
95. Job Confirms Bildad’s Statement about God but Faults His Application, for Doctrine Must Be Well Organized and Applied to the Purpose at Hand
96. God’s Majestic and Terrifying Works, Too Exalted to Be Understood, Teach Mortal Man to Magnify and Glorify Him
97. Whatever Happens in Life, despite God’s Inscrutable Actions, the Faithful Must, with the Help of God’s Spirit, Maintain Their Integrity throughout Their Lives
98. The Curse of Gaining the World and Losing One’s Soul, or Persevering Confidence in God’s Truth and Dying Willingly
99. Though the Godless Seem to Prosper and Be Happy, They Are Unhappy without Hope, While the Godly Are Happy in Their Hope in Christ As They Endure the Adversities of This Life
100. God’s Judgments and Punishments Are Not Always Apparent Regarding the Wicked and the Godly in This Life, but They Are Always Just in the Last Day
101. Being Pour Blind Souls, Men Do Not Have Free Will and Must Not Inquire into God’s Secret Counsels but Be Content with What He Reveals by His Holy Spirit in His Word and Adhere to It for Their Salvation
102. Seek Not to Know More about God’s Counsels Than He Reveals, but Be Content with Having His Wisdom, Which is without Price
103. We Must Fear God in Order to Obey Him and Fear and Obedience Cannot Happen Separately
104. Job Explains That His Comforters Judged Him and His Situation Wrongly Because They Relied Only on What They Saw of His Afflictions
105. Teachers of the Word Must, without Expectation of Reward, Authenticate the Word by Their Lives and Humbly Serve God Especially in the Persons of Widows, the Fatherless, and the Needy
106. Doing What Is Right in the Courts and by Civil Authorities As Well As in the Home and Personal Life—The Will of God and the Need for Jesus Christ
107. Let Those Who, like Job, Are Called to Positions of Authority and to Proclaim the Word of God Speak Gently to the Humble, Afflicted, and Downtrodden, and Deal Severely with the Hard of Heart, As Appropriate
108. Changes and Reversals in Life at God’s Hand Remind Us That Our Common Humanity Makes Us One and Encourage Us to Aspire to Our Eternal Rest
109. Despite All Appearances to the Contrary, God Watches over the Faithful and Hears Their Prayers in the Midst of Their Afflictions and Will Provide a Favourable Outcome, As He Did for Job
110. The Prosperous Faithful Must Have Compassion on the Afflicted and Be Ever Ready for Reversals of Fortune, Always Taking Refuge in God, Trustful, Patient, and Confident of Final Deliverance

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