John Knox, Letter 5: On resting in Christ despite trouble and vexation from the Devil

There is no condemnation to such as be in Christ Jesus, to whom be all praise. Dearly beloved sister, After most hearty commendation. In my conscience I judge, and by the Holy Spirit of my God, am fully certified, that you are a member of Christ’s body, sore troubled and vexed presently, that the lustsContinue reading “John Knox, Letter 5: On resting in Christ despite trouble and vexation from the Devil”

John Knox, Letter 4: On knowledge of the devil’s work as evidence that we are free from him, Knox’s pain and God’s grace in preaching

Dearly beloved sister in Jesus our Lord, In the instant moment that your messenger delivered me your letter was I sitting at my book, and in contemplating Mathew’s Gospel in this place wherein the parable of good seed is sown, the enemy also sowing wicked cockle[1] among the same, I revolved some most godly exposition,Continue reading “John Knox, Letter 4: On knowledge of the devil’s work as evidence that we are free from him, Knox’s pain and God’s grace in preaching”

John Knox, Letter 3: On Christ’s triumph over Satan, contrary spirits, conflict within, but God cannot repent of His gifts

Grace and peace from God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ rest and be multiplied with you. Amen. Beloved sister, After most hardy commendation, the remembrance of your continual battle is dolorous to me. Yet fear I nothing less than your victory by Him who ever has vanquished, when Satan appeared to have possessedContinue reading “John Knox, Letter 3: On Christ’s triumph over Satan, contrary spirits, conflict within, but God cannot repent of His gifts”

John Knox, Letter 2: On idolatry, apostasy, and worldly versus heavenly comfort

Rise, Lord! Stretch out Your hand. Forget not the sobs of the oppressed. ––Ps. lxxix[1] Right dearly beloved mother in our Savior Jesus Christ, Now is our dolor, appointed by God and forespoken by His prophets, come upon us, as the dolor of a woman in the birth of her first child; and so isContinue reading “John Knox, Letter 2: On idolatry, apostasy, and worldly versus heavenly comfort”

John Knox, Letter 1: On personal sadness, weakness, sin, confession, and God’s faithfulness to forgive

The first letter to his mother-in-law, Mistress Bowes. Right dearly beloved[1] mother in our Savior Jesus Christ, When I call to mind and revolve with myself the troubles and afflictions of God’s elect from the beginning (in which I do not forget you), there is within my heart two extreme contraries – a dolor almostContinue reading “John Knox, Letter 1: On personal sadness, weakness, sin, confession, and God’s faithfulness to forgive”

John Knox: Sermon on Isaiah 26

[Published here in full, as it appears in The Works of John Knox, VI: 227–273. All syntax, diction, and original notes from publisher David Laing have been retained, while word endings, spelling, and punctuation have been modernized by Sam Caldwell.] A sermon preached by John Knox Minister of Christ Jesus in the public audience ofContinue reading “John Knox: Sermon on Isaiah 26”

John Knox: A Prayer from Edinburgh, 12 March 1565

Modernized by Sam Caldwell from The Works of John Knox, VI.483–84 Lord Jesus, receive my spirit, and put an end, at Your good pleasure, to this my miserable life, for justice and truth are not to be found amongst the sons of men! John Knox, with deliberate mind, to his God. Be merciful to me,Continue reading “John Knox: A Prayer from Edinburgh, 12 March 1565”

John Knox’s “Latter Will and Legacy”

Or: “Last Will and Testament,” modernized by Sam Caldwell from The Works of John Knox, VI:liv–lvi Lord Jesus, I commend my troubled spirit into Your protection and defense! And Your troubled kirk [church] to Your mercy! Because I have had to do with diverse personages of the ministry whereunto God of His mercy erected me,Continue reading “John Knox’s “Latter Will and Legacy””

John Knox on Pleading Your Own Righteousness

Selections from “A Declaration of the True Nature and Object of Prayer” in The Works of John Knox, III.87–88, lightly modernized by Sam Caldwell What Fasting and Alms Deeds are with Prayer And albeit to fervent prayer be joined fasting, watching, and alms-deeds, yet are none of them the cause that God does accept ourContinue reading “John Knox on Pleading Your Own Righteousness”