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Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
In these words of the Prophet, as the Evangelist quotes them, we ought to observe first that never is tranquility restored to our minds, or fear and trembling banished from them, except by knowing that Christ reigns among us. The words of the Prophet, indeed, are different; for he exhorts believers to gladness and rejoicing. But the Evangelist has here described the manner in which our hearts exult with true joy: It is when that fear is removed, with which all must be tormented until being reconciled to God that they obtain that peace which springs from faith (Rom. 5:1).
This benefit, therefore, comes to us through Christ—that freed from the tyranny of Satan, the yoke of sin being broken, guilt canceled, and death abolished—we freely boast, relying on the protection of our King, since they who are placed under his guardianship ought not to fear any danger. Not that we are free from fear, so long as we live in the world, but because confidence, founded on Christ, rises superior to all.
Though Christ was still at a distance, yet the Prophet exhorted the godly men of that age to be glad and joyful, because Christ was to come. "Behold," said he, "thy King will come; therefore fear not." Now that he is come, in order that we may enjoy his presence, we ought more vigorously to contend with fear, that, freed from our enemies, we may peacefully and joyfully honor our King. —John Calvin