…what befits faith more than to recognize that we are bare of all virtue, in order to be clothed by God? That we are empty of all good, in order to be filled by him? That we are slaves to sin, to be rescued by him? Blind, to be illumined by him? Lame, to be set on our feet by him? Frail, to be sustained by him? And to cast aside every motive for vainglory, so that he alone might be glorified, and we in him?
From Calvin’s letter “TO THE MOST HIGH, MOST MIGHTY AND MOST ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE, FRANCIS, MOST CHRISTIAN KING OF FRANCE,” in the delivery of Calvin’s Institutes. Translator: Robert White. Publisher, Banner of Truth Trust. xxi