Thus it is that we may patiently pass through this life with its misery, hunger, cold, contempt, reproaches, and other troubles – content with this one thing: that our King will never leave us destitute, but will provide for our needs until, our warfare ended, we are called to triumph.
John Calvin, Institutes II. xv. 4.
God has filled my mind with zeal to spread his Kingdom and to further the public good…. I have had no other purpose than to benefit the church by maintaining the pure doctrine of godliness… Moreover, it has been my purpose in this labor to prepare and instruct candidates in sacred theology for the reading of the divine Word, in order that they may be able both to have easy access to it and to advance in it without stumbling.
John Calvin, To the Reader (Institutes)