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Romans 1:8 : First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
The first thing worthy of remark is, that he so commends their faith,1 that he implies that it had been received from God. We are here taught that faith is God's gift; for thanksgiving is an acknowledgment of a benefit. He who gives thanks to God for faith, confesses that it comes from him. And since we find that the Apostle ever begins his congratulations with thanksgiving, let us know that we are hereby reminded, that all our blessings are God's free gifts.
It is also needful to become accustomed to such forms of speaking, that we may be led more fully to rouse ourselves in the duty of acknowledging God as the giver of all our blessings, and to stir up others to join us in the same acknowledgment. If it be right to do this in little things, how much more with regard to faith; which is neither a small nor an indiscriminate (promiscua) gift of God.
1 “ Faith is put here for the whole religion, and means the same as your piety. Faith is one of the principal things of religion, one of its. first re¬ quirements, and hence it signifies religion itself.”— Barnes. It is indeed the principal thing, the very basis of religion. Heb.xi.6.—Ed.
John Calvin -
Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Edinburgh : Calvin Translation Society