I Trust No Other Security for My Salvation

With my whole soul I embrace the mercy which [God] has exercised towards me through Jesus Christ, atoning for my sins with the merits of his death and passion, that in this way he might satisfy for all my crimes and faults, and blot them from his remembrance… I confess I have failed innumerable times to execute my office properly, and had not He, of His boundless goodness assisted me, all that zeal had been fleeting and vain… For all these reasons, I testify and declare that I trust to no other security for my salvation than this, and this only, viz., that as God is the Father of mercy, he will show himself such a Father to me, who acknowledge myself to be a miserable sinner.

- John Calvin April 25, 1564 (One month before his death.)