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”